After being spotted by our spies on multiple occasions while wearing heavy camouflage, BMW's latest crossover has officially been revealed, the X2. Combining coupe-like looks with the ruggedness of an SUV, the all-new X2 gives a refreshing, more modern look for the crossover.
“The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics. Its standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of the BMW to the compact segment. On the road, the BMW X2 has the poise of an athlete in peak condition. This is true for the basic version and even more so for M Sport X models,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president at BMW Group Design.
Thanks to its low-slung proportions, the automaker claimed that the 2018 X2 gives off a powerful and agile vibe while preserving key signature BMW aesthetics. Starting off with the front, the X2 gets the familiar dual-kidney grill and headlight design. However, BMW stated that the grill has been made wider for a broader, sportier appearance. Meanwhile, the full-LED headlights carry chrome elements and hexagonal styling cues that give it a sharp look.
Over to its side, the the X2's coupe-like roofline gives the car the illusion of motion while standing still. In fact, the X2 somewhat resembles the much revered M Coupe albeit slightly taller. The broad shoulders, on the other hand, give it a more macho look while allowing more outside visibility for the occupants.
Looking at the rear, the eye-catching taillights highlight the X2's width while the rear spoiler delivers emphasizes the car's sportiness. Completing the exterior décor are the width-enhancing rear bumper and 18-inch Y-spoke wheels (19-inch wheels are available as an option).
Inside, the familiar cabin design from other BMW X models makes its way inside the X2. In true BMW tradition, it has a driver-focused interior that places almost all of the control within easy reach of the driver. Compared to the X1 however, the occupants in the X2 are seated much higher for better all-around visibility.
In terms of material trim, Dakota leather blankets the seats and are available in five finishes and can be specified with part-perforation or with contrast stitching. Pieces of gloss black trim, soft-touch materials, faux metal accents give the X2 a sporty yet elegant look.
Other features that will be available in the X2 include LED ambient lighting, panoramic roof, BMW iDrive with ConnectedDrive, navigation, full-color heads-up display and Touch Control Display with navigation as such.
Powering the 2018 X2 is a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It generates 231 PS at 5000 – 6000 rpm along with 350 Nm of torque that is available between 1450 – 4500 rpm. The X2 also comes standard with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. This results in a 0 – 97 km/h time of 6.3 seconds.
Like most BMW models today, the X2 gets the Driving Dynamics Control feature as standard. This gives the X2 several driving modes to choose from including Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport Mode. This can set the powertrain to be either be aggressive or more tamed, depending on the driver's setting.
Aside from the standard model, BMW is also offering more souped-up version of the X2 in the form of the M Sport X. Inspired by rally racing, BMW gives the all-new X2 more exterior features, as well as additional upgrades. The exterior gets Frozen Gray accents throughout its body, sportier-looking bumpers, M rear spoiler and bigger 19-inch 722 M double spoke wheels.
As for its drivetrain and suspension, the M Sport X package fits the crossover with the following: Sport Automatic Transmission, M Sport suspension with stiffer springs and dampers, lowered ride height and specially-tuned anti-roll bars.
The all-new BMW X2 will be available beginning in select markets as early as 2018.