Face it, we all knew that it was bound to arrive sooner or later. Well here it is. The 2018 BMW X2 is set to go on sale in March of 2018.
Although extensive and at times overwhelming, BMW’s fleet does in fact make sense. BMW just officially introduced their all-new X2 crossover – it’s like a proper mix between the X1 and X3. This smaller SUV is aimed to compete against the Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA models. The new X2 is being produced for the 2018 model year and will go on sale next spring. Pricing has not yet been announced, but we can expect it to be in the range of $35,000.
Class is in session. Let’s first take a moment to make sure we understand BMW’s nomenclature (naming system).
For those who are unaware, unsure or just can’t keep up, BMW uses a strategic system when naming their vehicles. The sporty coupes are assigned even numbers, i.e. the 2-, 4-, and 6-Series. The sedan-like models are given off numbers, i.e. the 3-, 5-, and 7-Series. Just from this we can assume that the X2 will be a sportier SUV, somewhat like the X6 and X4. However, the X2 does not appear to look anything like what we would think a “baby X6” would be. For example, it does not receive the coupelike fastback roof that the X4 and X6 rock. Instead, it gets a more conventional SUV roofline that allows for more headroom and cargo capacity.
The cabin looks eerily similar to the X1, but the X2 does have some features to help it stand out.
The BMW Press Group had the following to say:
"“Many of the design details emphasize the BMW X2’s standalone nature while simultaneously and unequivocally signaling its membership of the X family. The iconic BMW kidney grille is just one example, turning the familiar trapezoidal shape on its head and instead widening from top to bottom. This is the first time this design detail has seen the light of day on a modern BMW.“The C-pillars host two characteristic BMW features: the hallmark BMW Hofmeister kink and, for the first time on a BMW X model, the BMW roundel. There is something special about the design of both these items. As an integral element of the C-pillar, the Hofmeister kink on the BMW X2 is slightly elongated and does not cross over the door line. This boosts the dynamic looks of this Sports Activity Coupe. The BMW roundel on the C-pillars invokes a design cue much admired on classic BMW coupes such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL, and ensures the car is instantly recognizable on the road.”"
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The X2 is manufactured on the UKL platform that is shared with a number of MINI models and the 2-Series Active Tourer. When first hearing the name, you would think the X2 was bigger than the X1; the opposite is actually true. This baby crossover measures 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 lower than its sibling X1, but with the same wheelbase. The standard X2 will come with 18-inch wheels, but there is an option to purchase 19-inch rims instead.
The 2018 X2 xDrive28i will come equipped with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cycliner engine that puts out 228 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. With an eight-speed automatic transmission and a powerful all-wheel drive system, BMW says that the X2 can go from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
Moreover, BMW offers an M-Sport X package for the X2 which includes a Sport Automatic Transmission and paddle shifters. This package also gives the SUV a different bumper and a more aggressive trim design. You can also opt for larger 20-inch wheels, although 19s are standard. Other available options include an M-style rear spoiler, M-sport suspension and adaptive dampers.
Get the first look at the brand-new luxury 2018 BMW X2 crossover below.
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