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.
With its engines mounted transversely, the X2 is claimed to accommodate up to five adults, although the rear seat is configured in a 40/20/40 layout. Nominal boot capacity is put at 470 litres – down 35 litres from the X1's boot, which has a longer rear overhang.
Turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines at launch include the front-wheel-drive X2 sDrive20i petrol unit, which makes 187bhp and 206lb ft. A four-wheel-drive X2 xDrive20d diesel also delivers 187bhp but has significantly more torque at 295lb ft.