But, while the current X1 is offered in rear- and all-wheel-drive forms, the new model due in 2015 is expected to follow the 2 Series Active Tourer hatch into front-wheel-drive territory.
The X2 would likely make the same move, with both riding on the new UKL platform that underpins not only the 2AT, but also the new MINI Cooper range.
This will see the new X1 and X2 models become platform mates with the next MINI Countryman and Paceman SUVs, with a number of components likely to be shared across the two lines.
The range of powertrains is also expected to mirror that of its MINI-badged cousins, with a 1.5 litre turbo petrol three-cylinder, a 2.0 litre turbo petrol four-cylinder and a range of three and four-cylinder turbo diesels.
It is unclear, however, if BMW will take the three-door route or instead stick with its existing formula of a five-door body and a heavily tapered roofline.
Watch for more details to surface over the coming year.