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2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
2018 BMW X2 Photo: Supplied
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Greg Kable | Oct, 26 2017 | 0 Comments

BMW has pulled back the covers on its new X2 compact SUV, with the new model arriving as a more stylish alternative to the brand’s own X1, taking the fight to other design-led premium city SUVs like the Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

In the same way that BMW’s other lifestyle SUVs, the X4 and X6 take their underpinnings from the more practical X3 and X5 respectively, the X2 is built atop the same platform as the compact X1.

BMW’s front and all wheel drive UKL platform (also used beneath the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mini range) allows space efficient interior packaging while keeping a lid on development costs.

2018 BMW X2

An official public debut is scheduled for the Los Angeles Motor Show at the end of November, with BMW targeting younger buyers thanks to more adventurous styling.

“The BMW X2 fuses the fast-moving forms of a coupe with the robust volumes of an X model,” says Thomas Sycha, Head of Design BMW Compact Class. “It was important to us to make these apparently conflicting aspects of the X2.”

Among the new model’s defining styling elements is a fresh interpretation of the German car maker’s signature kidney grille and round fog lamps mounted high within its heavily structured front bumper.

The X2 also sports a short bonnet, allowing the base of the windscreen to sit well forward for added interior space. There is familiar taut surfacing treatment along the flanks, squared off wheel arches front and rear, a relatively shallow glasshouse by SUV standards, a BMW roundel within the C-pillar recalling a detail from earlier BMW coupe models, and a heavily angled tailgate.

2018 BMW X2

The X2 will arrive in showrooms with a choice of three different styling lines: Basic, M Sport and M Sport X. The Basic line brings standard 17-inch wheels and black wheel arche cladding, while the latter two come upgrade to 19-inch wheels and either colour keyed or what BMW describes as Frozen Grey coloured cladding.

Next to the current X1 the X2 is 49mm shorter from nose-to-tail (at 4360mm), width remains the same (1821mm) but overall height drops by a dramatic 69mm (1526mm) with the wheelbase also untouched at 2670mm creating a more agressive set of proportions to match the X2’s ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ role.

On the inside the X2 borrows heavily from the X1. Standard features include black panel instruments and multi-function steering wheel, with an optional 8.8-inch touch sensitive iDrive screen and head up display available.

BMW maintains that the X2 continues to provide seating for five adults, with the most noticeable impact on practicality coming from a boot that shrinks by 35 litres compares to the X1, at 470 litres, thanks to a shorter rear overhang.

The initial X2 line-up will comprise three models offering the choice of two transversely mounted engines. They include the front-wheel drive X2 sDrive20i, which runs a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 141kW and 280Nm of torque.

2018 BMW X2

Also available from the outset of UK sales will be the four-wheel drive X2 xDrive20d, whose turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine delivers 140kW but significantly more torque than its petrol equivalent at 400Nm.

Topping the first wave of models is the X2 xDrive25d. It runs a more highly tuned version of BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine than the X2 xDrive20d, producing 170kW and 450Nm torque.

The front-wheel drive petrol model comes as standard with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which is expected to spread to various Mini models from early 2018. All wheel drive diesel models carry-over BMW’s existing eight-speed transverse automatic transmission as standard, albeit with differing ratios.

The performance leader of the early line-up is the X2 xDrive25d, which boasts an official 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds and 237 km/h top speed. Despite the added weight of its all wheel drive hardware the X2 xDrive20d leads on economy and emissions with combined cycle figures of 4.6 l/100km and 121g/km.

Other models and engines are planned to bolster the X2 line-up shortly after its arrival, including the front wheel drive X2 sDrive18i and X2 sDrive18d as well as the four-wheel drive X2 xDrive20i and X2 xDrive18d.

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