Here’s your first look at the production BMW X2.
At last year’s Paris Auto Show, BMW revealed the stylish X2 Concept as a preview for the newest member in its ever-expanding SUV family. Numerous spy shots have shown a prototype version of the coupe-style-crossover out in the wild, and leaked patent images confirmed that the X2 will be going into production. BMW has now released the first official photos of the X2 in production form via lifestyle blog Highsnobiety donning some colorful camouflage – and it looks a lot like the sporty concept model we saw last year.
BMW describes the X2 as a “sporty vehicle with bold character,” and that’s certainly evident in the design which doesn’t deviate too much from the X2 Concept, retaining its sloping roof line and aggressive front end. Notably, the X2 will be the first BMW where the traditional twin kidney grille has air intakes that are more pronounced at the bottom than the top. As the images show, the X2 should blend into an urban environment alongside other fashionable SUVs cruising the streets. Essentially, the X2 looks like it will be a sportier alternative to the X1 to compete with the Range Rover Evoque but positioned below the BMW X4 and BMW X6 as BMW attempts to fill every possible SUV niche.
BMW's baby crossover will ride on the same front-wheel-drive UKL platform as its X1 sibling, meaning you can expect a range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines, with xDrive all-wheel drive available as an option. Most models will only be available with an automatic transmission, but selected models will come with a six-speed manual. BMWBlog also reports that an M version will follow with a maximum power output of 300 hp. Whereas the X3, X4, X5 and X6 are being built at BMW’s US factory in Spartanburg where the upcoming X7 three-row SUV will also be assembled, the X2 will be manufactured at the Regensburg factory in Germany alongside the X1.
The BMW X2 will make its official debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show this September, where BMW is also rumored to show off an X7 concept powered by fuel-cell technology.