It has been the subject of rumor for years but prototypes for BMW’s X2 have started appearing in the wild. For the uninitiated, the X2 is a compact crossover with coupe-like styling that’s expected on the market sometime in 2017, as a 2018 model. It’s derived from the X1, just as the X4 is derived from the X3 and the X6, the original coupe-like crossover, derived from the X5.
The design is much more aggressive than on any of BMW’s existing coupe-like crossovers. It has a very low roofline and subsequently the windows are all rather short. The design most closely resembles that of the Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover. The front also has a very low, wide stance.
Engine options should be shared with the new BMW X1 which for the United States will mean a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder fitted as standard. This should enable the X2 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a little over 6.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph.
The platform underpinning the X2 is the same front-wheel-drive-derived UKL structure found in the X1 and 2-Series Active Tourer from BMW, plus the latest MINIs. The UKL structure is designed for transverse-mounted engines and offers the choice of front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
We could eventually see up to seven UKL-based BMWs at some point. Some of the other variants are thought to be the next-generation 1-Series Hatchback, a 1-Series sedan and perhaps even a new Z2 roadster.