BMW has officially unveiled the all-new X2, which will go on sale in March 2018.
The latest member of BMW’s ever expanding X family of crossovers slots above the X1 to appeal to buyers who want a sportier alternative to the compact SUV. Like the X4 is to the X3, the X2 is essentially the X1’s more stylish sibling, sporting a raked roofline and four-doors.
Competing against the Mercedes-Benz GLA and recently launched Audi Q2, the BMW X2 shares its powertrain line-up with the X1 compact SUV. This means a mix of turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines available in either front- or all-wheel-drive configuration.
Three variants are available from launch. The X2 xDrive20i petrol model with 141 kW / 192 hp, plus the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant with 140 kW / 190 hp and X2 xDrive25d diesel with 170 kW / 231 hp.
Both diesel cars come as standard with xDrive all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission, while the all-wheel drive petrol model is fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Further models will be added to the X2 line-up in early 2018 – in the shape of the three-cylinder X2 sDrive18i petrol front-wheel drive variant producing 103kW, and X2 sDrive18d front drive and X2 xDrive18d all-wheel drive diesel models developing 110kW.
The M Sport und M Sport X models come as standard with M Sport suspension with firmer spring and damper settings and a lowered ride height. This feature is available as an option on the basic BMW X2. The optional Dynamic Damper Control (incl. a 10 mm drop in ride height) allows the suspension settings to be tailored to individual tastes.
Inside, the X2 is similar to the X1, with the M Sport and M Sport X models trimmed in Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination with contrast stitching for the instrument panel and centre console.
The first ever BMW X2 has been confirmed for Australia and is expected to hit showrooms in early 2018. Full pricing and specification will be released closer to local launch.