2018 BMW X2 SUV Hybrid – Sport model
BMW is readying a new crossover for 2018 to slot in-between the X1 and X3, which rather unsurprisingly will take on theX2 name when it arrives next year. Previewed in concept form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the production model should stay true to the design principles set out by last year’s concept. Our exclusive image shows how it will look
BMW’s latest addition to its growing SUV range will be a compact coupe-styled offering called the X2. This new model’s already been spotted undergoing testing in images courtesy of Motor Authority while an official BMW concept gives us a good idea what to expect when the finished car goes on sale in 2018.
BMW’s official X2 Concept, shown above, is expected to strongly influence what the finished X2 will look like. Its slightly lop-sided wheelarches, heavily sculpted side skirts and steeply raked rear windscreen should be joined by a set of slim brakelights to give it a sporty, car-like appearance.
The X2’s sloping roofline should lend it a more ground-hugging silhouette than the X1 on which it’ll be based while a number of large air intakes and vents – again, inspired by the concept – should be flanked by headlights featuring eye-catching hexagonal daytime running lights.
The new X2’s interior is expected to look take inspiration from the new 5 Series’ classy cabin. A freestanding infotainment display – potentially fitted with the BMW’s new gesture control features – should sit atop a simple, minimalist centre console. The dashboard is expected to sport a glossy metal or wood-effect finish.
The X2’s sporty roofline could eat into rear headroom significantly – we don’t expect tall passengers to feel particularly comfortable in the back on long journeys. Boot space may lag slightly behind its X1 sibling’s 505-litre loadbay, too.
2018 BMW X2 engines and driving
The new X2 will be built using the same UKL1 platform as both the X1 and the new Mini Countryman. As a result, it’ll most likely be offered with front-wheel drive as standard and come with a selection of three diesel engines and a single petrol. Entry-level cars are should come with a six-speed manual gearbox while drivers will likely be offered the choice of a smooth eight-speed automatic, too.
Basic models should feature a 148hp diesel while mid-range cars will probably be offered with 187hp and 227hp units and the option of xDrive four-wheel drive. In the existing X1, BMW’s 148hp diesel can return an impressive 68.9mpg while 227hp models can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds. These figures should be closely mirrored in the new X2.