2016 BMW X2 to use the X1 platform
The X2 will have styling informed by the larger X4 along with X6
Sporty, coupé-like BMW X2 is actually set to hit the UK next year along with share the X1’s underpinnings
BMW bosses have given the go-ahead to a completely new sporting crossover to be sold under the X2 name, sources have confirmed.
Set to be positioned between the upcoming second-generation X1 along with the current X3, the completely new all 5-door liftback is actually set to go on sale inside UK during the second half of 2017.
Its debut will follow a two-along with-a-half-year development programme in which BMW insiders say is actually already under way at the company’s research along with development centre in Munich.
The first road-going prototypes of the completely new BMW are set to hit the road within weeks, according to engineers at the firm’s prototype workshop. “We’re finalising the first prototypes today,” said a source. “They should be in action by the end of the month.”
The completely new X1’s platform will also be used by BMW’s upcoming X2 — a more overtly sporting product due to be previewed in concept form in early 2016 before the start of UK sales late next year.
BMW officials have already confirmed to Autocar in which the X2 will follow the example of the larger X4 along with X6 in receiving a uniquely styled steel Centeng.
This kind of will feature a all 5-door format, with its tailgate set at a more extreme angle than in which of the more practical X1 to give This kind of a coupé-like silhouette.
Like the completely new X1, the X2 will initially be offered which has a range of four-cylinder engines, with the likelihood of more economical three-cylinder units being added to the line-up within the first 12 months. They will include a powered-up edition of BMW’s completely new B48 engine, which made its debut inside 2 Series ActiveTourer, in a planned M Performance variant of the X2 scheduled for launch in 2018. In standard guise the B48 makes 228bhp, although in which is actually set to rise to somewhere inside region of 300bhp with improvements to the induction system along with some other tweaks, in a move in which is actually set to elevate the performance of the range-topping X2 to a level comparable with in which of the Audi RS Q3.
They will be mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox in combination with front or four-wheel drive.
The X2 will be produced alongside the completely new X1 at BMW’s Regensburg factory in Germany, unlike the first-generation X1, which was built alongside the 1 Series along with 3 Series at the company’s Leipzig plant.
Increasing demand for key designs along with the establishment of production lines for the i3 electric car along with i8 hybrid sports car at in which site has forced BMW to reorganise its strategy.
As with the second-generation X1, BMW’s completely new Range Rover Evoque rival is actually planned to be sold exclusively with transverse three-cylinder along with four-cylinder petrol along with diesel engines, along with the choice of either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The design of the X2 is actually set to be previewed in concept car guise, possibly as early as next year’s Geneva motor show, according to BMW insiders.
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