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BMW X2

BMW X2

BMW X2

The folks over at BMW Blog report that sources close to German magazine Autobild say BMW’s got a couple new SUVs planned for the near future. Coming out first is the new two-door X2 scheduled for shipment in 2016. It’s said to be based on the UKL front-drive platform that will also underpin the second-generation X1 .

BMW Blog says the X2 will also share the X1’s powertrain lineup that includes a three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Keep in mind, the diesels will likely stay in Europe if or when they debut. A hybrid variant may well be on the drawing board as well. We suspect a hybrid X2 would make a highly respectable option for inner city customers looking to make a statement while cutting fuel costs.

Less is known about the possible X7 SUV . This is not the first time BMW Blog has reported on an X7 as they covered its initial media leak and then purported demise, as BMW supposedly didn’t feel the need for a large full-size SUV at the time. The magazine does however dive into the possibility of three different plug-in hybrid systems for all X Series models. Included is a three-cylinder offered in front-wheel-drive only; a four-cylinder engine offered in rear-drive X3 and X4 models; and a six-cylinder offered in four-wheel drive for the X5,X6, and possible X7. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on the topics.

Source: BMW Blog

Rumors have been stirring about BMW building an X2 crossover since 2011, but a new report from bimmerpost suggests the automaker is reading the vehicle for production in 2017. What’s more, loose details have surfaced giving a better idea of what BMW’s got up its sleeve. Fitted only in xDrive all-wheel-drive guise, the X2 will come in both three- and five-door configurations and will share its platform with the new BMW X1 .

The platform will venture into Mini ’s stable as well, underpinning both the Countryman and Paceman . Like the Evoque from Range Rover, the lineup of crossovers will offer different configurations for different needs, with the X2 three-door being more sporty and the five-door more practical. Telling from the sketch above, the three-door will be a sporty looker with strong lines. Hopefully, it will be a more emotional design than the rather lifeless X1.

The powertrain will likely be shared between the X1, X2, and Mini crossovers as well. In the current X1, that’s the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 making 240 horsepower that’s connected to an eight-speed automatic.

The report continues in saying the two X2 variants are expected to arrive in 2017. As with its names, we suspect pricing to fall between the X1’s $30,900 base price and the X3’s $39,800 sticker. BMW has been on a streak of splitting hairs with its ever-expanding model lineup, and it appears that trend will continue.

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Source: Bimmerpost

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