Just when you thought there’s no place for another model to be squeezed in to BMW’s already extensive SUV line-up, the Munich carmaker has come out with yet another addition to the X family. Last week saw BMW announce the all-new X2 crossover that will, obviously, slot between the X1 and X3. And going by the brand’s recent naming convention, where sporty coupés are assigned even number nameplates, the X2 should be a more performance oriented model than the X1 or the X3.

Interestingly, although BMW says the X2 has a coupé-like fastback roofline, it isn’t as pronounced as in the X4 and the X6. Instead, it looks like a relatively more conventional SUV roofline. This is good news for those who value increased headroom and cargo capacity over stylish looks. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t look good. It is shorter and lower than the X1, but has the same wheelbase, which makes it look even more muscular. “The BMW X2 fuses the fast-moving forms of a coupé with the robust volumes of an X model,” says Thomas Sycha, Head of Design BMW Compact Class. “It was important to us to make these apparently conflicting aspects of the BMW X2 and the car’s individual character something you experience from every angle and at first glance,” he adds. The kidney grille has been tweaked, and the C-pillars get, apart from the signature Hofmeister kink, the BMW roundel on either side. It’s for the first time on a BMW X model, that the badges are placed on the pillars.

The X2 xDrive28i will be available at launch with a 2.0-litre turbo four-pot, putting out 228bhp and 350Nm of torque.  It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which BMW says keeps revs lower and fuel efficiency higher. The intelligent all-wheel drive system comes equipped with features like Hill Descent Control that add to its off-road abilities. The model can also be specced with M Sport suspension and Dynamic Damper Control for improved dynamics.

The new X2 will go on sale early next year as a 2018 model. Pricing is yet to be announced.