A recent report is indicating that a new compact crossover will be introduced by BMW in 2017.
Rumors on the German based automaker planning a coupe version of the next X1 generation have been around for quite some time now and it seems that the company hasn’t dropped this idea entirely. According to the guys from Autocar, stomach the model in question has been green-lighted and the first prototypes are expected to hit the roads in a few weeks time. Our source is telling us that that BMW X2 will be previewed by a concept car and it will be following the same design path as its larger brothers, sick the X4 and the X6, becoming basically an X1 with a sloping roofline and several other modifications.
The X2 will be based on the new generation of the X1 and both of them will be riding on the UKL platform, the same one which is used on the 2-Series Active Tourer and on the MINI. This basically means that front-wheel drive will be offered as standard. The xDrive all-wheel drive system will also become available for higher trim levels and for some extra cash. As far as the engine lineup goes, rumor has it that the 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol burner will be used on it, along with the 2.0 liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units. The next-gen BMW X1 should be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, and more details on it should be announced then.