BMW’s director of product planning and strategy has admitted that the topic of convertible SUVs is a "really interesting" one.

Speaking to Digital Trends, Ralph Mahler hinted that a soft-top crossover could fill yet another niche for BMW’s ever-expanding X-badged SUV line-up.

“It’s a really interesting topic. All these kinds of questions we have asked ourselves in the past,” said Mahler.

“Whether or not there is a possibility, whether or not there is a market. You see the line-up at the moment. We don’t have one , but nevertheless I think it’s still an interesting question,” he said.

A report out of Spain at the start of 2018 suggested that the Munich-based brand was studying the “commercial viability” of expanding its X2 range with cabriolet and three-door derivatives.

If BMW does indeed build an open-top SUV, it would likely find itself battling the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, while Volkswagen has also confirmed that it plans to produce a cabriolet version of the T-Roc crossover, set to be launched in the first half of 2020.