Rumors of a BMW X2 slotted between the existing X1 and X3 have been swirling for some time now, and a new report from Autocar claims that insider sources have confirmed this quirky compact SUV.
The report goes on to state that the X2 has already begun its 2.5-year-long development process, and the model will debut once this is complete. According to Autocar’s source, the first prototypes are just about finished, and they will start testing by the end of May. This means that we should start seeing spy shots very soon.
Like the rest of the even-numbered versions of the X Series lineup, the X2 will feature more of a four-door coupe look, like the X4 and X6. This will give it an SUV-like front end and stance, but a raked rear glass that makes it look more like a lifted up sedan.
With the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque in its crosshairs, the X2 will need to do a delicate dance with fuel economy and performance. With this in mind, look for the new Bimmer to offer three- and four-cylinder engines powered by diesel and gasoline. The diesel versions will likely see action only outside of the U.S., but look for several gasoline versions in the States.
The gasoline version will likely use a modified B48 engine, which is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the Mini Cooper S and JCW, the BMW 225i Active Tourer, the 320i, and the new 330i. In these various vehicles, the B48 engine produces anywhere from 180 horsepower in the 320i to 252 horsepower in the 330i, but sources claim that BMW will push the output as high as 300 horsepower for and M Performance variant of the X2.
Given the X2 will sit atop the UKL platform, it will come standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be an option.
Look for the X2 to debut as a concept in the next year or so, possibly at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show. The production version of the X2 should hit dealers by 2017.