Just days back Audi announced that its new entry-level crossover Audi Q1 is on track for its launch in 2016, and now a latest report from AutoExpress says that arch rival BMW is also eyeing a new entry-level sub-compact crossover that will sit below the X1.
The report reveals that the crossover under consideration is internally known as the “XCite” and should arrive in 2018. If it makes it to the market, it will be targeted at the style conscious buyers looking for a SUV which is aggressive but compact, and easy and fun to drive in urban areas. With an entry in this segment, BMW can also lure more first-time luxury brand buyers.
The car is likely to be based on the new UKL1 front-wheel drive platform that underpins the 2-Series Active Tourer and the 2-Series Gran Tourer and the engine line-up similarly should include a range of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
While comparing BMW’s currently sold vehicles cannot be compared with that of the mainstream brands, the sub-compact crossover will invariably have to compete with vehicles from mainstream brands like Volkswagen, Renault and Fiat when it touches down.
Source: Auto Express