According to our sources, the BMW X2 is less than 24 hours away from its world debut. The new addition to the X family will be unveiled on the web first, followed by a press auto show debut on Thursday.

The BMW X2 is based on the current on the second-generation BMW X1. This means that it will be built on BMW’s UKL architecture, which underpins the X1 and all new MINIs. Being UKL-based, that means the X2 will be front-wheel drive, with the option of all-wheel drive. However, this X2 means far less doom and gloom than you’d originally think. The upcoming BMW X2 will be the sportier variant of the X1, much like the X4 is the sportier variant of the X3 and the X6 is the same for the X5. And considering that the BMW X1 is actually more entertaining to drive than doubters think, the X2 has the potential to be genuinely fun.

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In terms of design, the X2 should look like a slightly more aggressive X1. Expect an X1 face on a similar body, just with a more sweeping roofline and more tucked rear end. Inside, it should also be mostly X1, with very little to distinguish itself. Though, neither is really a bad thing.

Powering the X1 will be your typical BMW turbocharged three and four-cylinder engines. In Europe, expect the 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0 liter diesel in the base cars. From there, there will be the new B48 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which will be the top of the line model and likely the only US model, if we get one at all. Base cars in Europe could see a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with the Aisin-sourced eight-speed auto as an option. The latter will be standard on higher trim models and in the US, much like the current X1.

These niche SUV/Crossovers are becoming so popular that BMW needs to have its own competitors on the market. Audi just recently launched its Q2 crossover, which is quite a sporty little thing, so it only makes sense that others will follow.