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Mike Stevens | Nov, 10 2014 | 3 Comments

BMW appears closer to offering a new ‘active’ version of its small X1 SUV, with reports this week pointing to the trademarking of a new ‘X2’ badge.

As with other SUV twins in the BMW range - X3 and X4, X5 and X6 - the new X2 is likely to debut as a more coupe-like lifestyle companion to the practical X1.

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.

At the top of the ranges, BMW is likely to offer X1 M and X2 M models that will take on Audi’s RS Q3 and the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 45.

Seen in this article is a pair of renderings by independent artist Theo Chin, speculating at a three-door model that takes its inspiration from the 2 Series Coupe and MINI’s Paceman.

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.

MORE: BMW X1 | BMW X2 | SUVs

 
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