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BMW X2 Caught Preparing For A Facelift

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BMW's compact crossover will borrow styling cues from the 5 Series facelift.

The BMW X2 has only been on sale since 2017, but that hasn't stopped BMW from giving it a facelift to keep it looking fresh against the competition. We already know BMW is developing a new plug-in hybrid variant of the compact crossover, and now our spies have caught a BMW X2 facelift prototype loaded on a transporter preparing for testing.

Visually, the most noticeable changes will be a redesigned grille and headlights mimicking the look of the BMW 5 Series facelift's lights. Elsewhere, the front bumper has been subtly tweaked. Like the PHEV, the round fog lights are stickers, suggesting they will be replaced by LED stripes for the X2 Facelift.

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No noticeable styling changes can be seen at the back, but this could change as the development of the SUV progresses. Inside, we aren't expecting any major changes apart from some software updates and possibly a larger infotainment screen.

Engine options will also likely carry over from the current model, so expect the X2 facelift to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged, inline-4 gasoline engine that produces 302 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque in the range-topping M35i model introduced last year and 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the 28i model. Power is sent to either the front or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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The X2 is also expected to get the plug-in hybrid treatment since BMW already sells a PHEV variant of the X1 in Europe and China. The X1 xDrive25e uses a 125-hp three-cylinder gasoline engine with 125 hp driving the front axle and a 95-hp electric motor on the rear axle to produce a combined 220 hp with all-wheel drive when both engines work together. This setup could carry over to the X2 plug-in hybrid. The X1 xDrive25e has an electric range of 35 miles, so the electrified X2 should have a similar range.

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