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According to a new report, BMW is readying a new X2 coupe crossover based on the bones of its next-generation X1. The vehicle, according to Australia’s Drive, would land sometime in 2017, or about 12-18 months after the arrival of the next-gen X1.
It would follow the path laid out by the preceding X6 and X4, in that it will share basic looks with its X1 platform-mate but with a coupe-like roof and a slighter wider and more planted stance.
The platform underpinning the X2, and its X1 sibling, would be the BMW Group’s front-wheel-drive-based UKL, which made its debut in the 2014 MINI Cooper and has since turned up in BMW’s 2-Series Active Tourer.
The UKL platform is designed for transverse-mounted engines and offers the choice of front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Engine options announced for UKL so far include three- and four-cylinder units, in both gasoline and diesel flavors.
Production of the new X1 and X2 for the U.S. market is said to be earmarked for BMW’s new vehicle plant being assembled in Brazil.