The BMW X2 has received production approval, suggests a fresh report from Autocar. The X1’s coupe-styled derivative is currently in-the-works at the company’s research and development centre in Munich, Germany. The first road-ready prototypes will begin testing within a few weeks, which means that the crossover’s first spy shots will surface just then. An undisclosed source told the publication that the first prototypes are currently being finalised and should be in action by this’s month-end.
The X2 will be underpinned by the second generation X1‘s front-wheel drive UKL platform and will follow the styling of the company’s larger coupe-styled crossovers: X4 and X6. A five-door layout and the typical steeply angled tailgate will give it a BMW Gran Turismo-like character from the sides – without missing the crossover form-factor’s muscular appeal, of course. Like the crossover on which it will be based, a 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines should be offered initially. Transmission options and drivetrain options may include 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic, whereas higher options will offer an optional xDrive four-wheel drive system.
According to the report, the BMW X2 wil go on sale in the UK in the second half of 2017. A concept version will be previewed next year though.