It has been confirmed that a new sporting crossover from BMW will be sold under the X2 name, according to Autocar. BMW officials have recently given their approval for how this model will be named. The new five-door liftback will start selling in the UK in the second half of 2017. It will be positioned in-between the soon-to-arrive second-generation X1 and the existing X3.
Sources say that this new crossover is set to be in development for 2.5 years in Munich at BMW’s research and development centre. Engineers at the automaker’s prototype workshop said that in just a matter of weeks, the first road-going prototypes of this new model will hit the road. A source said that the prototypes are in the process of being finalized and will likely be in action towards the end of the month.
The X2 is built on BMW’s UKL platform structure, which is also used on the new X1 and other new BMW models, such as the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer. The X2 is set to compete with the new Range Rover Evoque. Like the second-generation X1, this new crossover will be available only with transverse three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Customers will also be able to choose from front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. In addition, three and four-cylinder engine units will be offered. They will be available with a more powerful variant of BMW’s new B48 engine, which was first launched in the 2 Series ActiveTourer, in a proposed M Performance variant of the X2 set to be launched in 2018.
The B48 in the standard version has an output of 228bhp but it can deliver of as much as 300bhp with revisions to the induction system and other changes that could raise the performance of the top-of-the-range X2 to a level that makes it competitive with the Audi RS Q3.
The X2 is similar to the bigger X4 and X6 as it will have four conventional doors and a steeply raked liftback-style tailgate. Its interior will be quite similar to that of the new X1. Insiders said that the X2 concept car will likely debut next year at the Geneva motor show.