It’s just the beginning of 2017 and BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), one of the world’s best-selling luxury car manufacturers, is ready to sensationalize the global market with one of its best crossover models in the coming year of 2018. Grooming itself to perfection, the new SUV is poised to slot between the X1 and X3 and thus gets its name: BMW X2 SUV. First unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the 2018 BMW X2 preview model is speculated to stay true to its design principles as detailed last year with only a handful of anticipated changes, albeit with a positive ending. It will be the third and smallest product to be launched in its category. Let’s have a detailed view.
2018 BMW X2 Concept
According to BMW’s design creators, the idea of X2 has been conceptualized along the lines of offering a combination of enjoyment with practicality. The car amalgamates a perfect blend of fast-moving body language coupled with the low proportions of a coupe that makes for a beefy build of its X1-series counterpart.
Design and exterior of the BMW X2 2018
Speaking of the front end of the 2018 BMW X2, it features a large kidney-shaped grille bordered by slim headlights with signature LEDs. The large front bumper and silver lower trim, on the other hand, give the car its much-talked-about rugged SUV look. Also, at the rear, the SUV coupe speaks of a low roofline with narrow windows that do justice to the X2’s design concept. Although it looks more like a hatchback than a sports car, it is said to offer the best of both worlds.
Moving forward, wide wheelchairs add a muscular look to the 2018 BMW X2. While, at the same time, the wide 21-inch wheels give the car its full rugged profile. At the rear, the tailgate, however, isn’t exactly what we’ve seen BMW incorporate on its previous hatchbacks like the X4 or X6. The BMW X2 typically offers a more realistic appeal despite its sleek styling.
Additionally, the X2, as modeled at the Paris Motor Show, is to have a centrally located BMW badge bordered by slim taillights and a license plate that is attached to the bumper. Very similar to what we have seen in the car brand’s 1st hatch series.
Interior of the BMW X2 2018
The interiors of this roaring beast are expected to take inspiration from the elegant cabin of the new BMW 5 Series. A separate infotainment screen sits just above a simple center console and comes equipped with BMW’s new gesture control features. The dashboard will come in two variants: wood effect or shiny metal finish.
The X2’s roofline can be a bit off-putting, especially for tall passengers; don’t expect to be comfortable in the back when it comes to long trips. Legroom lags behind here, too.
2018 BMW X2 Engine
X2 will feature the same UKL1 platform as its BMW X1 and Mini Countryman counterparts. As a result, it is likely to boast front-wheel drive and be available in four main variants: three diesel engines and one petrol engine. Entry-level cars will feature a six-speed manual gearbox. While on the other hand, drivers will also be offered the benefits of choosing a smooth eight-speed automatic.
2018 BMW X2 Driving
The base 2018 BMW X2 model will have a 148-hp diesel, while the mid-range SUV will likely feature 187-hp and 227-hp units. To give you an idea, the current X1 model has a 148hp diesel that returns a remarkable 68.9mpg. The 227 hp model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just around 6.6 seconds. These figures give us a rough idea of what X2 can reflect or exceed.
Going forward, details about the 2018 BMW X2’s powertrain are not yet available. However, internal reports suggest that the production model will feature a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, while its higher-end models should. receive a more powerful 2.0-litre engine and a four-cylinder unit with BMW’s twin turbo technology.
Release date and price of the BMW X2 2018
The Munich-based automaker is expected to begin delivery of the 2018 BMW X2 early in the second quarter of 2017. The crossover is expected to be priced close to its X1 counterpart at a cost of $35,000 (base model). Larger crossovers will come in at around $38,000. The cost will fluctuate further between the diesel and gasoline variants.