By the end of the decade, BMW could offer as many as eight different SUVs, ranging from the compact front-drive X1 to a more sporting X8 variant of the big seven-seat X7 SUV that was confirmed for production earlier this year.
The new X1, which will also spawn a more sporting X2 variant, will come to market in 2015 in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive guise. Elsewhere in the range BMW is getting ready to launch new versions of the X3 and X4, while the new X6 will get its world debut at the Moscow motor show next month.
BMW's SUV plans
BMW X1 - The new X1 will switch from its current rear-drive underpinnings to BMW’s new front drive UKL1 platform, allowing for a more distinctive design, improved interior packaging and the possibility of a seven-seat option. It’s due to be launched next year.
BMW X2 - The X2 will be to the X1 what the X6 is to the X5 and the new X4 is to the X3. It will get a more sporting three-door layout over the X1 on which it is based, and will be billed as a sporty raised coupé. A potent M-fettled 2.0 petrol turbo version is likely.