BMW X2 will follow hot on heels of X1

We can now reveal that the second-generation BMW X1 will appear on showroom floors within the next 14 months and that it will give birth to an even sportier X2 model.

The brand-new entry-level SUV from the German luxury car maker will be released in June 2015 before the launch of its UK sales. It forms part of a wide array of future models that will be based on BMW's UKL1 platform, which is already used by the latest BMW 2-Series Active Tourer and the Mini Hatchback.

As part of the company's continued efforts to achieve improved economies of scale and to streamline operations across its two best-selling brands, the new X1 and its future X2 sibling are being engineering as part of a joint effort alongside the second-generation Mini Clubman and Mini Countryman, with which they share drivelines, platforms, chassis and electrical systems.

The introduction of the company's latest platform constitutes a major change in the mechanical layout of the X1 and provides scope for the launch of the X2, which will sell at a premium of around £2,000 when it starts appearing on UK showroom floors two years from now.

The manufacturer has decided to drop the choice of either four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive versions and longitudinal engine mounting of the current model. This is being replaced by a more space-effective transverse engine layout that will enable BMW to offer both the X1 and the X2 in either four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive format.