BMW is putting the finishing touches on consolidating and expanding its range of SUVs and crossovers. After introducing the next-generation X3 and unveiling the X7 concept, the company has introduced its all-new 2018 BMW X2, derived from the concept of the same name first introduced last year.
Smaller sibling of the X4 and X6, the sub-compact crossover is shorter and sits lower to the ground than the X1. According to BMW its newest model is aimed at young (literally as well as in spirit), urban and active consumers, who have fully integrated digital notions and technologies into their lives. There’s no doubt either that the striking Galvanic Gold colour scheme will turn heads.
Beyond the colour of the paint, the look of the new X2 combines the rugged appeal of BMW X utility models with coupe-like sportiness, as illustrated by its almost angular wheel arches, sleek side skirts and super-racy front end. In fact, the X2 is the first model to stretch downward BMW’s signature kidney grille. In a nod to classic BMW coupes of decades past like the 2000 CS and the 3.0 CSL, the brand logo has been added to the rear pillars.
Sporty all down the line
Technically, the BMW X2 xDrive28i runs on the new 2.0L 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine with direct injection. Output is 228 hp and the torque of 258 lb-ft is accessible from 1,450-4,500 RPM. 0-100 km/h acceleration is 6.3 seconds.
This engine is wedded to the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Drivers can choose between Comfort, Eco Pro and Sport drive modes; those in search of more punch in their driving experience can also opt for an M Sport X Package that brings with it 19-inch wheels. The new X2 also features a large number of drive assist systems, like adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and a park assist feature.
Inside, several seat upholstery options are on the menu, and digital panels located in the centre of the console and behind the steering wheel allow for the option of adding BMW’s ConnectDrive services. Head up display is also included, and a power panoramic sunroof is available as an option. Cargo capacity, while not overly generous given the compact size of the X2, may surprise many nonetheless: 611 litres in the trunk, and 1,418 litres with the rear seats down.
Pricing for the 2018 BMW X2, which is expected at Canadian dealers next spring, has not yet been announced, but will likely start at just under $45,000.