brand new BMW X2 planned for 2017
The X2 will have styling informed by the larger X4 along with X6
BMW’s brand new Evoque rival to start road trials later This kind of month along with the M Performance could get 300bhp
BMW bosses have given the go-ahead to a brand new sporting crossover to be sold under the X2 name, sources have confirmed.
Its debut will follow a two-along with-a-half-year development programme of which BMW insiders say can be already under way at the company’s research along with development centre in Munich.
The first road-going prototypes of the brand 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 right now,” said a source. “They should be in action by the end of the month.”
The brand new X1’s platform will also be used by BMW’s upcoming X2 — a more overtly sporting style 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 of which the X2 will follow the example of the larger X4 along with X6 in receiving a uniquely styled steel Centeng.
of which will feature a a few-door design, with its tailgate set at a more extreme angle than of which of the more practical X1 to give of which a coupé-like silhouette.
Like the brand new X1, the X2 will initially be offered having 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 style of BMW’s brand new B48 engine, which made its debut within the 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 of which can be set to rise to somewhere within the region of 300bhp with modifications to the induction system along with additional tweaks, in a move of which can be set to elevate the performance of the range-topping X2 to a level comparable with of 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 brand 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 products along with the establishment of production lines for the i3 electric car along with i8 hybrid sports car at of which site has forced BMW to reorganise its strategy.
As with the second-generation X1, BMW’s brand new Range Rover Evoque rival can be 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 can be 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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