BMW is all set with yet another SUV to be placed right between the X1 and X3 in its product lineup. The all new BMW X2 has been spied a couple of times before, revealing that it will be a crossover. Now BMW has dubbed the X2 as a Sports Activity Coupe has officially teased out the new vehicle, wrapped in a digital-inspired camouflage.
All set to release in 2018, the X2 is a good way through its development programme and will embody BMW’s latest design language. Up front is the BMW’s trademark twin kidney grille, which now gets bolder and angular treatment. The new double-layer slim headlights with LED DRLs and fog lights, that gives it a unique identity.
The BMW X2 was first seen as a concept during the Paris Motor show and got an aggressive and angular air intakes. It is unclear whether the same design language will be carried forward in the production variant. Another differentiating factor in the X2 is the placement of BMW roundels on the ‘C’ window pillar.
The rear lights on the camouflaged vehicle were carefully disguised, but a hint of LEDs can be seen, and their horizontal design cuts deeply into the X2’s boot. The roofline of the X2 is taken straight from the drawing board. The overall look of the new X2 is more daring, as compared to conservative X1.
So far no official pictures or details of the X2’s interior have been released, but we expect the crossover to share it with the X1. We expect a classic BMW cabin, with analogue gauges, a tablet-style iDrive screen mounted above the dashboard and a controller between the front seats. A three-spoke steering wheel, reduced headroom, and reduced legroom is expected too.
Unlike design, the BMW X2 is expected to share its range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with the X1. A 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol with at least 192bhp, a 2.0-litre diesel with 150, 188 and 231bhp outputs are expected. Since an X1 plug-in hybrid is already on the way, the X2 could also benefit from the same powertrain. A 1.5 or 2.0-litre petrol engine coupled to an electric motor and battery pack will be part of the electric X2.
As spied before, a high performance M25i variant is expected too, that could use a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine. The BMW X2 M could also get styling updates to match the powerful engine. This is to match rivals who are already offering fast compact SUVs like Mercedes GLA 45 AMG and Audi RS Q3.
While the new X2 is based on Mini architecture, BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system is expected to underpin most of the X2 variants, while an entry-level sDrive18d could come as a front-wheel-drive model. This will make the X2 more accessible to buyers who don’t seek an all-wheel drive and want to buy an affordable SUV.
With an expected unveiling in late 2017, the BMW X2 will go on sale in early 2018. The price of the BMW X2 is expected to be over the X1, at a starting price of under £30,000, which means it will undercut the 2017 all-new BMW X3. When it arrives, the BMW X2 will join the other even-numbered BMW ‘X’ cars – X4 and X6, offering a blend of SUV and coupe styling.