X AP­PEAL: BMW’S SUV FAM­ILY

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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.

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