BMW is reportedly developing a new entry-level crossover-SUV that might get the name Urban X (X pronounced as cross). The crossover will be pitched below the X1 and X2 in BMW’s global lineup.
While the name Urban X has not been finalised yet, it is speculated to have been running ahead of other names that are in contention. BMW’s usual nomenclature for SUVs and crossovers includes a numeral succeeding X, like X1, X2 and so on. A sub-X1 crossover or SUV was always likely to sway from the current naming scheme unless BMW had plans to use a decimal in the name, like X.5!
The smallest BMW crossover-SUV (in terms of overall length) is the X2, which is 4360mm long. In India, the X1 is the smallest car in the crossover-SUV category measuring 4439mm. The Urban X is likely to be the smallest crossover-SUV when it launches, and it is speculated to measure between 4.1m and 4.2m. Globally, it would compete with the Audi Q2, which is not a part of Audi’s India lineup yet.
While the upcoming BMW crossover-SUV is still under development, the speculative report has rendered the upcoming car. The two images suggest that the Urban X will stick to existing BMW design theme where the headlamps look slim while the kidney grille is flared. The rear image also suggests typical BMW styling.
The Urban X is said to be based on the UKL2 architecture that underpins other small BMW cars, like the X1. Apart from conventional petrol and diesel engine options, the Urban X is touted to get hybrid and electric powertrain as well.
While it is still unknown when will BMW reveal the Urban X and when will it come to India, it can be assumed that it won’t be a very inexpensive (relatively) car that would cost around Rs 20 lakh in India. The most affordable BMW car in India currently is the X1, prices of which start from Rs 35.2 lakh (ex-showroom).