BMW Group has added another ‘X’ crossover in its line-up – the X2. BMW’s association with crossover SUVs began in 1999 with the X5 and its success motivated BMW marketing to introduce a series of representative models in various size and performance segments. The current SUV models are the X1, X3, X4 and X6.
The latest addition now is the X2 which is mechanically based on the X1. As with what has become a design and packaging tradition at BMW, the incoming X2 follows the same basic formula as the X4 and X6, with a fastback roofline, short overhangs and dominating sheet metal lines.
Unlike the sharper and chiselled appearance of the X4 and X6, the X2 appears like a low-slung traditional SUV. Its overall proportions and low ride height make this look more like a hatchback on stilts. The X2 is 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower than the already low X1, though the wheelbase remains the same. The interior is nearly identical to that of the X1 and the M Sport X package adds different trim and a M steering wheel with wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The BMW X2 is powered by a transversely mounted 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four making 228hp and 228 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Essentially, the X2 is a front wheel drive car during normal use and power is only sent to the rear through a multi-plate clutch when needed. The BMW X2 comes with standard 18-inch wheels, though 19-inch wheels are optional.
The X2 comes standard with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. The base model has a 6.5-in display that’s upgraded to an 8.8-in unit if navigation is optioned. A full-colour heads-up display is optional. A Driving Assistance Package adds lane departure warnings, speed limit info, automatic high beams and front and pedestrian collision warnings. Automatic cruise control is optional. The new X2 will hit showrooms in 2018.