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 the BMW X2 SUV Hybrid – Sport model 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 BMW 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.
The X2 is scheduled to appear in 2018, and it will slot into BMW’s crossover range between the X1 and X3. It will share its platform with the X1, so it will use the front-wheel-drive UKL structure also found under the 2 Series MPV and MINI Countryman. However, like top-spec versions of all these cars, xDrive four-wheel drive will be available.
These latest spy shots follow the leak earlier this year of renderings submitted to Japanese patent authorities that revealed the all-new member of BMW’s ‘X’ line-up of SUVs goes on sale in 2018.
2018 BMW X2 styling
BMW’s official X2 Concept, shown above, is expected to strongly influence what the finished BMW X2 will look like. Its slightly lop-sided whee larches, heavily sculpted side skirts and steeply raked rear windscreen should be joined by a set of slim brake lights to give it a sporty, car-like appearance.
The BMW X2’s sloping roof line 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 BMW 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 center console. The dashboard is expected to sport a glossy metal or wood-effect finish.
The BMW X2’s sporty roof line 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 load bay, too.
The new BMW 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 BMW X2.
BMW X2 latest news (updated July 2017)
- Patent images of BMW X2 coupe-SUV leak
- Design is similar to concept but toned down for production
- Will be based on BMW X1 and Mini Countryman parts
- Due on sale in 2018
Leaked images from a Japanese patent office seem to show the finished production BMW X2 for the first time. This coupe-SUV will compete with the Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes GLA and Audi Q2 when it arrives in 2018.
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