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 BMW X7 previewed by the BMW Concept X7 at September’s Frankfurt motor show, is due this time next year.
As with the second-generation BMW X1, the new X2 is based on BMW’s UKL platform – the same structure beneath the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, as well as the current range of Minis. It will also underpin next year’s third-generation BMW 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 BMW 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.