The compact crossover adds more style to the current X1.

After years of speculation and spy shots, the BMW X2 will reportedly arrive in concept form at the 2017 Paris Motor Show in early October. Sales will begin about a year after that, according to anonymous company insiders speaking to Autocar.

As BMW’s model nomenclature indicates, the X2 is the crossover coupe sibling to the X1 that shrinks the styling from the X4 and X6 into a less expensive model. Spy shots show it with a short front overhang, broad grille, and narrow headlights. A low, arching roof adds a sporty look, too. Inside, expect a similar layout as the X1 but with less cargo space due to the top’s design.

Underneath the stylish shape, the X2 is largely identical to the X1. Both ride on the UKL platform and should share the same engines. Europeans have a plethora of gasoline- and diesel-fueled powerplants to pick from. However, the United States probably continues only to get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and an eight-speed automatic. Front- or all-wheel drive would be available. In the future, a plug-in hybrid could join the range.

According to Autocar, BMW’s product planners expect the X2 to appeal to buyers who are upgrading from a hot hatch to something a little more mature. Presumably, the CUV’s customers also need to be somewhat style conscious because the X1 does all the same things but with more usable space inside.

Source: Autocar

Gallery: 2017 BMW X2 returns in new spy photos