Since the world is currently on an SUV-buying frenzy and with BMW being a more ‘traditional’ car manufacturer, some things have to change. The clear aim of every car maker out there today is to offer more high-riding models, with some executives even saying that the age of the sedan is gone, only to be replaced permanently by this new trend we’re seeing. This is where the BMW X2 steps in.
Some people have been flabbergasted to learn that the Bavarian manufacturer plans to fill every possible niche with an SUV model. But then again, just looking at the sales figures, this is not a caprice but rather a necessity. The BMW X2 will join its brothers in the BMW line-up, such as the X4 and X6, later this year, becoming the third SAC (Sports Activity Coupe) built by the Bavarians.
The X2 will be using the same platform as its more utilitarian brother, the X1. Unfortunately for enthusiasts, that means it will be built atop the UKL platform which was created for front-wheel drive models. Of course, xDrive all-wheel drive will also be an option but even so, the system will be FWD-biased, meaning it will definitely understeer when pushed to the limit, as you can see in the video below.
The X2 is currently being tested and even though it won’t be a proper sports car, it needs to undergo the usual Nurburgring trial by fire. As you can see, it is being benchmarked against the X1, with BMW probably trying to make it a bit more sporty than its brother, to make sure it lives up to its name.
And while in Europe customers will probably get a host of models from the get go, using 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder engines for entry-level versions up to more powerful 2-liter 4-cylinder alternatives, US-bound cars will be limited to the latter choice. Customers in North America will get to choose between a front-wheel drive sDrive28i, and all-wheel drive xDrive28i – both using the 238 hp B46 engine also found on MINI models – and a later M Performance model dubbed M35i.
According to our sources, the M35i will be using a B48 engine tuned to deliver around 300 hp, making the X2 a proper all-wheel drive rocket, as it will be fitted with xDrive as standard. Other options you’ll be able to get on the new SAC but not the X1 will include 20” non-runflat tires and Galvanic Gold paint.