The 2018 BMW X2 is the latest crossover from BMW. The BMW X2 cuts a sublime figure from any angle. Its stance on the road recalls a finely-tuned athlete – and fuses the rugged profile typical of a BMW X model with the sporting grace of a coupe. Signature details include wheel arches with a squared-off look, striking exhaust tailpipes and accentuated side skirts, not to mention an elegant roofline, slick lines and slim window graphic.
Never does the BMW X2 betray its own unique character; this is a standalone model to its core, one which stands out positively from the crowd. Plus, the M Sport X model is available for the first time and allow owners to make the character of their BMW X2 even more individual.
Two design features, in particular, catch the eye. The X2 turns BMW’s familiar trapezoidal kidney grille form on its head, and it now broadens as it heads south; this is the first time a modern BMW has gone about things this way. And the additional BMW roundel on the C-pillars references a much loved detail of classical BMW coupes, such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL, highlighting the sporting DNA of the BMW X2.
LED lighting is standard all around. The BMW X2 will be available in 11 colors, including the Galvanic Gold paint you see in these photos. Contrasting trim comes in either grey or black, depending on the model. The idea is to make the X2 look like it sits higher than it actually does. The new model comes with standard 18-inch wheels, though 19-inch wheels are optional.
The interior is nearly identical to that of the X1. It’s handsome, but it’s really the same sort of design BMW has been using and refining for years. Lots of horizontal lines with different colors and materials to break up the dark dash and door panels. The M Sport X package adds different trim and a M steering wheel with wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The X2 comes standard with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. The base model has a 6.5-inch display that’s upgraded to an 8.8-inch unit if navigation is optioned. A full-color heads-up display is optional.
The BMW X2 also offers customers cutting-edge technologies when it comes to driver assistance systems. For example, the Traffic Jam Assistant eases the driver’s workload in tedious stop/start traffic on congested motorways. This system is part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus, which comprises a series of camera-based driver assistance systems. The optional Parking Assistant is likewise designed to make life easier for the BMW X2 driver, automatically identifying suitable parking spaces and, if desired, taking over steering duties for the parking maneuver.
Like the X1, the BMW X2 is powered by a transversely mounted 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four making 228 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. That’s good enough to send the 3,662-pound X2 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. Top speed is 130 or 143 with the optional M Sport X package.
The new X2 will hit showrooms in spring 2018.
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