Can you spot the changes?
Having only been on sale since the 2018 model year, the BMW X2 is a relatively new addition to the German automaker's SUV family with sporty styling designed to appeal to younger car buyers. To keep the compact crossover looking fresh in such a competitive segment, BMW is already preparing to give the X2 a facelift.
We got our first look at the refreshed BMW X2 last December when a prototype was spotted loaded on a transport truck, and now BMW has been caught testing another prototype near the Nurburgring ahead of the production model's debut. Since the X2 hasn't been on sale for very long, the changes are going to be very subtle.
At the front, the grille appears to be wider than the current X2 and the bumper will get some minor changes, while the revised headlights replicate the design of the recent BMW 5 Series facelift. BMW has also added fog light stickers to the front to make the prototype look like the current X2, but these will be removed on the facelift.
No noticeable changes can be seen at the back, however, but this could change as the development of the X2 continues in the coming months. We don't have any photos of the cabin to share yet, but we aren't expecting any major changes. Chances are the interior will be updated with upgraded software and a slightly larger infotainment screen.
Under the hood, the BMW X2 packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged, inline-4 gasoline engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the 28i model, the inline-4 unit produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the M35i increases the output to 302 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque. We're expecting these engine options to carry over in the facelift model.
BMW also introduced the X2 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid for Europe earlier this year, which combines a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total output of 217 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. BMW hasn't announced when the updated X2 will debut, but we're expecting it to break cover by the end of the year and go on sale as a 2021 model.