X APPEAL: BMW’S SUV FAMILY
BMW’S entry-level SUV, now in its second generation, is the only current X model to use a transverse engine. It is also built in long-wheelbase guise for the Chinese market, where the model is offered with a plug-in petrolelectric hybrid powertrain denied to UK customers.
Due to reach UK showrooms in 2018, the X2 was previewed as a concept at last year’s Paris motor show. Known under the codename F49, it shares its platform and powertrains with the X1, alongside which it will be produced in BMW’S factory in Leipzig, Germany.
The third-generation X3, known internally as the G01, made its public debut alongside the Concept X7 iperformance at this week’s Frankfurt motor show. UK sales are scheduled to begin in November, with an electric version planned to arrive in 2019.
The second-generation X4, known under the codename G02, is in the final stages of development testing. Based on the same platform as the new X2, it is set to go on sale next year, with hot petrol and diesel M-performance models planned from the outset of sales.
The current third-gen F15 model was launched in 2013 and development of its 2019 replacement is well under way. Innovations include the use of BMW’S CLAR (cluster architecture) platform, giving 48V compatibility and greater plug-in petrolelectric hybrid options.
Today’s three-year-old, second-generation X6, the F16, is due to be facelifted next year. A third-generation model, which will share both its platform and powertrains with the next X5, is expected to follow in 2020. Previewed by the bold new Concept X7 iperformance, the new X7 carries the codename G07. Based on BMW’S CLAR platform, it aims to provide a level of luxury and equipment on a par with that of the latest 7 Series. UK sales are set to start late next year.