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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Though its way more car like and considerably more down market, the Mazda 3 Grand Touring seems to line up as a potential X2 competitor. The sporty handling and demeanor of the 3 will likely give the BMW a run for its money. Powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 making 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, the Mazda 3 GT hits 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. Pricing for the Mazda 3 GT begins at a low $26,495.
Gallery Mazda3 s Grand Touring - Driven
On the upper end of its competition lies the Range Rover Evoque. Like the rumored X2, the Evoque comes in both three- and five-door configurations, giving consumers both a sporty and practical version of essentially the same vehicle. And unlike the Mazda 3, the Evoque comes Range Rover’s off-road pedigree and AWD capability. Powering the Evoque is a 2.0-liter I-4 making a respectable 240 horsepower. Starting price begins around $41,000.