BMW is planning on bringing the X2, the sportier cousin to the upcoming redesigned X1 small crossover, to the market by 2017.
Both the X1 and X2 will ride upon BMW’s new front-drive platform, which already underpins the new 2-Series Active Tourer. But, BMW says that it does not plan on selling the X1 or X2 as front-wheel drive vehicles, saying that every one will use an all-wheel drive setup.
Both of these crossovers will ditch their inline six-cylinder engines in favor of smaller, three- and four-cylinder direct injection engines hooked up to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Dimensions of the X1 are set to shrink to leave more room for the X2 to slot in between the X1 and X3.
While the platform, engines and interior will be common between the two, the X2 should prove to be a better handling vehicle than the X1, offering a more sports-oriented suspension package. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also said to be in the works for performance versions of both the X1 and X2.
The X1 is expected to arrive in North America in early 2016, while the X2 should arrive in 2017.
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