BMW X2 Rear Theo

The BMW X2 has been confirmed by BMW bosses, filling the blank between the X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6 range of crossovers and SUVs, according to a report by UK mag Autocar.

Just like how the X4 and X6 are ‘coupe’ variants of the traditional X3 and X5, the X2 is set to be the sportier sister of the upcoming F48 BMW X1. The five-door liftback (Theophilus Chin rendered this three-door X2 last year), a rival to the wildly successful Range Rover Evoque, is set to go on sale by mid 2017. Based on trend, the X2’s interior is not expected to differ greatly from the X1’s.

According to the report, a two-and-a-half-year development programme is already under way at Munich’s R&D centre, and the first road-going prototypes are set to hit the road within weeks. “We’re finalising the first prototypes now. They should be in action by the end of the month,” the mag’s source revealed. Of course, this means that the first spyshots of the X2 are just around the corner.

BMW X2 Front Theo

Like the upcoming X1, the X2 will sit on BMW’s UKL platform, which also underpins the new 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer people carriers. It will be powered by transverse three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with the choice of either front-wheel drive or xDrive AWD.

The motoring rag further points out that the engine range will include a tuned-up version of BMW’s fresh 231 hp B48 engine, which made its debut in the 2 Series AT. With around 300 hp thanks to induction system mods and other tweaks, it will power an M Performance variant scheduled for launch in 2018. That will get the X2 nearer to the performance of Audi’s RS Q3, which 2.5 litre inline-five turbo packs 340 hp.

BMW insiders tell Autocar that the X2 is set to be previewed in concept car guise, possibly as early as the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Now that numbers one to six are taken, what’s next, X7?

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