BMW is getting ready to sail into uncharted waters again, as after the launch of the X6 and X4, another sporty SUV is just around the corner – the smaller X2.
Previewed by the Paris Auto Show study, the X2 is on its way for a production debut in early 2018.
The high-riding crossover shares most of its components with the latest generation X1. What this means is that, despite carrying a more athletic design (keep in mind, it will be softened down before it hits the assembly line), it will have to do with front-wheel drive in the most basic version, but the company’s xDrive all-wheel drive system will be offered either optionally or standard on higher-end models.
An M version, which could target the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, would be an interesting addition to the lineup, but BMW will likely stick to the usual four-pot petrol and diesel mills, at the time of its launch, at least.
However, later on, it could adopt an M-Performance variant, according to Autocar, which could use a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo unit, producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower, while a petrol-electric plug-in powertrain is not out of the question either.