The X2, which made its public debut at the Los Angeles motor show at the end of November, will take BMW’s line-up of dedicated SUVs to six. A seventh, the range-topping X7 previewed by the Concept X7 at September’s Frankfurt motor show, is due this time next year.
As with the second-generation X1, the new X2 is based on BMW’s UKL platform – the same structure beneath the 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, as well as the current range of Minis. It will also underpin next year’s third-generation 1 Series hatchback.
Conceived to appeal to a younger audience than BMW’s existing range of SUV models, the X2 has a unique exterior design largely unchanged from that revealed by the Concept X2 at last year’s Paris motor show.
Among the new model’s defining styling elements is a fresh interpretation of the German car maker’s signature kidney grille.
The X2 also sports a short bonnet that allows the base of the windscreen to sit well forward for added interior space, familiar taut surfacing treatment along the flanks and squared-off wheel arches front and rear.
Other features include a shallow glasshouse by SUV standards, a BMW roundel within the C-pillar (recalling a detail from earlier BMW coupé models) and a heavily angled tailgate.
Buyers will be able to choose from three styling lines: Basic, M Sport and M Sport X.
With a length, width and height of 4360mm, 1821mm and 1526mm respectively, the X2 is the same width but 49mm shorter and 69mm lower than the second-generation X1. Both cars have a 2670mm wheelbase and will be produced alongside each other at BMW’s Regensburg production facility in Germany.
The interior of the X2 shares many characteristics with the X1. Standard features include black panel instruments and a multifunction steering wheel, but buyers will have to pay extra for the optional 8.8in touch-sensitive iDrive panel and a head-up display.