A new BMW X2 crossover has been given the go-ahead for production from company bosses in Germany.
As the name implies, the car will sit between the existing X1 and the X3 in the German marque’s range. Its reveal will come from a two and a half year development programme and in the coming weeks, the very first test mules are set to soon hit the road.
Discussing this with Autocar recently, a source within BMW said “We’re finalising the first prototypes now. They should be in action by the end of the month.”
Underpinning the BMW X2 will be the same platform as the X1. However, the X2 will be significantly more sporty than the X1 while also feature a five-door layout. Unlike the X1, its roof line will be aggressively tapered in a similar vein to how the BMW X6 is more sporty than the X5 which it shares most of its mechanicals with.
From an engine standpoint, the BMW X2 will be available with a selection of four-cylinder engines and in range-topping specification, could feature a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder delivering around 300 hp in an effort to rival the Audi RS Q3. An economical three-cylinder should also be offered. All of the engines will be coupled with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Customers will also be able to choose between front and all-wheel drive.