BMW is on an ambitious quest to introduce about 40 either new or updated models over the next couple of years and the 2018 BMW X2 is one of the more anticipated vehicles that will come out of this project. The X2 is BMW’s answer to the coupe crossover craze and these newly surfaced spy shots are here to give us a little insight into what we can expect to see when the new X2 hits the stands in 2018.
The first preview of the new 2018 BMW X2 design came at last year’s Paris Auto Show, where the company premiered a concept of what was ultimately going to become the new X2. However, from what we can tell from these recently surfaced spy shots, the much of the concept’s aggressive lines will be toned down for the production version. Nevertheless, the coupe-like profile, compact SUV shape of the X2 will most likely stay the same.
Even if the 2018 BMW X2 design requires some toning down, it will still end up more radical that any of the current coupe like SUVs in the BMW lineup. That is mostly because of the super low roofline that results in some short window designs. This type of style best resembles the Range Rover Evoque’s look, that has become known for its particularly low and wide stance.
BMW X2 Concept image credit: netcarshow
Engine and Powertrain
Under the hood, we expect to see the same powertrain setup that can currently be found in the new BMW X1. For the US market that would mean the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine might be offered as a standard for the new X2 as well. This engine is capable of racing from zero to 60 in slightly above 6 seconds at the top speed of 130 mph. Other possible powertrain options are a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel and a more powerful 231 horsepower diesel engine. There are also rumors of a plug-in hybrid version of the X2 that might be introduced sometime in the future.
The new X2 will built on a front-wheel-drive-derived UKL platform, the same one that is underpinning the X1, as well as some other BMW models that are sold on the European market. The UKL platform was created with transverse-mounted engines in mind and it offers both the front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.
The 2018 BMW X2 is expected to hit the showrooms in the 2018 model year, but BMW is yet to specify the exact date. Our best guess is sometime in the second quarter. BMW Group reportedly plan to introduce the new X2 alongside the updated versions of some of its high-riding contemporaries such as the X3 and X5, as well as the brand-new BMW X7. As for the prices, we expect a class-average starting price of about $35.000, while the top of the line version of the X2 could go for well over $50.000. But, nothing is official yet and these are only our predictions.