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.
The fact that BMW is considering adding another model to their X family has been rumored for a very long time. According to these rumors, the new model will be called the X2 and will debut sometime in 2016. It will be appropriately placed between the X1 and the X3 in the line-up.
A very interesting fact about the upcoming X2 is that it will lose two doors, making it a German alternative to the Land Rover Evoque . Other than that, little to nothing is known about the model other than what speculations have stated. The car may still be at the drawing board, it has been rumored that it will borrow the engine line-up from the current generation 1-Series , meaning that we will most likely get a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. Expect to see an increased output compared to the 1-Series, after all this model will offer SUV capabilities. Also expect to see both FWD and AWD versions.
The BMW X2 is internally known as the F47 and will arrive on the market in 2016, after BMW brings in the new generation X1.