For the young professional who wants a city and an outdoor vehicle, a 2017 BMW Urban Cross is worth waiting for. A car that fits a parking lot like a coupe but hits the road like a proper SUV, this is the booming mini-SUV segment set to double by 2024.
2017 BMW Urban Cross – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
The German company is reportedly aiming the mini-SUV market both in Europe and across the Atlantic with this model which is a down-scaled restructuring of a BMW X1. The automaker has opted to revisit the drawing board with this 2017 BMW Urban Cross emphasizing on chic and sleek looks with an attitude. Inside sources say that the model will be named as ‘Urban Cross’ instead of being given the X1 badge. Finally, this 2017 Urban Cross will be the entry level model to BMW production line-up.
- Chassis- 5 door/3 door, aluminum composite (Similar to a 2 Series active Tourer).
- Length- 157 inches/ 4 meters (Expected, slightly shorter than a 3rd gen Mini Hardtop)
- Weight- 2850 pounds (Expected)
- Cargo Space- 330 liters+/11.6 cubic inches+ (More than a Mini Paceman)
That which the manufacturers will flavor up is its design. The 2017 BMW Urban Cross will have the sloping in backlines like a coupe to keep pace with the design modules of the mini-SUV segment. Also, trademark BMW kidney grilles will be present although headlamps, fog lamps will be remodeled with a smarter sharper look.
The front fascia will be from the X1 vintage but more striking to keep up with an urban motto. Strong side-body lines are to mold the model with a grunt and respect. Flowing rooflines will end in a hatchback-like rear-end, sharp taillights and a dual chrome exhaust.
- Expected to be nearly same as a BMW X1.
The 2017 BMW Urban Cross will have upgraded entry-level interiors as pundits have indicated given a high competition in the market segment BMW is targeting. Safety features will be as per FMVSS and the € NCAP regulations. Built on the X series platform, it is expected to have all the features present in the preceding variants with the segment tweaks. Also, information regarding the interiors has not been officially released from the company.
2017 BMW Urban Cross – Modifications in the Engine
- Engine Capacity-3500cc.
- Engine Variants- 3 cylinder, V2; gasoline and petrol (Hybrid version expected in later years)
- Engine Output- 130 PS/125 bhp – 210 PS/205 bhp [Approx. Expected]
- Acceleration- 0-60 in 6.5 seconds.
- Top Speed- 130 mph.
- Transmission- 6- speed Automatic/ 6-speed Manual/5-speed Automatic.
Also, performance is to be balanced with fuel economy with the manufacturer in all probability aiming to get the best-in-segment figures. Acceleration being its primary forte being a lightweight model. So, it might be one of the surprise post-release features.
Price, Release Date and Competitors of 2017 BMW Urban Cross
In conclusion, the BMW Urban Cross 2017 may be showcased at Paris Auto Show 2017 around August with a slated showroom date post-September. Finally, its prime competitors will be the just-released Audi Q2 and the soon-to-be-released Nissan Juke and Citroen C4 Cactus in the mini-SUV/Crossover segment.
Release Date: October-November 2017