BMW is planning to widen the gap between the next-generation X1 and the facelifted X3 (F25) because it has a surprise for us: it will introduce a new X2 model. Set to arrive somewhere in 2017, the BMW X2 will be inspired by the upcoming X4, which will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and is described as a more sporting variant of the next-generation X1.
As expected, the BMW X2 will use the platform of the next-gen X1 as well as the engines: an extended range of transversely mounted three-cylinder and four-cylinder direct injection petrol and common rail diesel engines with a capacity from 1.5- to 2.0-liters, same used by the recently introduced front-wheel drive 2-Series Active Tourer.
BMW X2 will be offered as standard with the six-speed manual transmission or with the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox and electro-mechanical multi-place clutch four-wheel-drive system. BMW is also planning a high-performance version of the X2 that will take on the Audi RS Q3 but also on the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG.
This model will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine that will generate around 300 hp. This version will carry the well-known M badge and is expected to carry a new body kit consisting of new front and rear bumpers, side sills, a new set of M alloy wheels as well as a new interior featuring a new set of sport seats, an M steering wheel wrapped in leather, aluminum pedals and the M footrest. More details to be revealed!
The new BMW X1 boasts a range of engines that comprises five diesel and three petrol units that span an output range of 116 hp to 245 hp. The new BMW X1 xDrive25d’s 218 hp powerplant leads the new generation of 4-cylinder diesel engines, featuring TwinPower Turbo technology that comprises the latest variable sequential turbocharging. Moreover, depending on the BMW X1’s model variant, power is transferred through the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system or through brand-typical rear-wheel drive. Either of these two options can be availed in three of the new BMW X1’s engine variants.
Moreover, the new BMW X1 offers innovative customization possibilities, both for its exterior and its interior. And available for the very first time as basic trim level alternatives are BMW Lines that come with exclusive and harmoniously matched equipment features and design. Meanwhile, the BMW xLine emphasizes the new BMW X1’s robust versatility, while its BMW Sport Line emphasizes its dynamics and its agility.
Furthermore, the new BMW X1’s design is characterized by new touches that highlight its versatility, sportiness, and elegance. And shaping the car’s appearance are expressive and vibrant surfaces, signature BMW X design cues, and typical BMW proportions. What’s more, the car features a sweeping bonnet, a set-back passenger compartment, and a long wheelbase, all emphasizing its dynamic talent.
Meanwhile, striking light and shade effects hint at the car’s inherent agility. A BMW X model’s versatility and sturdiness can be seen in elements like the black border found at the body’s lower edge and its muscular wheel arches.