BMW is preparing a new crossover for the evergrowing SUV market. The 2018 BMW X2 would take on the likes of the Range Rover Evoque and compete in an all-new segment for BMW. Despite launching a small SUV – the X1 – the Bavarians believe there is another customer niche who wants an even smaller – yet still premium – SUV.
The X2 will help BMW drop the average age of its customers and bring new drivers to the brand who otherwise wouldn’t consider a BMW. Think about the 20 to 30 year old young professional who – as all the millennials – are interested in design aesthetics, minimalism and premium products.
Built upon the X1 front-wheel drive platform, the F39 X2 sits closer to the ground than the larger X4 SAC and features the same sloped roofline to enable a sleek rear end. Five doors and a decent sized tailgate opening are also likely to make it into production.
The design language will be an all-new one – set to debut in 2017 along with the new X3. The front end will retain the typical BMW design, but with a modern twist. The renderings seen here – by auto motor und sport – illustrate a sleek front fascia with narrow headlights and a sporty rear end with a small hatch opening. The interior is expected to be largely shared with the new X1.
BMW X2 is planned to be sold exclusively with three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, along with the choice of either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. They will be mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox in combination with front or four-wheel drive. We expect to see one or two plug-in hybrids who will cater even more to the millennials.
BMW has just recently started the public tests of the X2 which puts the release date about two years out.