To capitalize on the ever-rising crossover and SUV demand, BMW is set to release a new model to slot between the X1 and the X3 crossover-SUVs. Dubbed the 2019 BMW X2, the small crossover made its official debut at the recent Tokyo Motor show. BMW had earlier unveiled the model at the Paris Auto show in 2016 in concept form. The automaker has designed the X2 with a sporty design with the aim of attracting young urban buyers. Ideally, the model is a coupe/hatchback variant of the X1 which follows in line with the automaker’s strategy of basing one SUV after the other; for example, the X6 is a coupe-like SUV version of the X5 while the X4 is also based on the X3. Unlike the concept, the production model has been toned down a little bit but still looks still pretty aggressive.
2019 BMW X2 Exterior
The production model has retained most of the concept’s design cues but the wide side mirrors and rear bumper have been modified but still, the new units resemble the concept’s units. The X2 is underpinned by the UKL structure that is used on the X1. However, contrary to what the name portrays, the X2 is smaller in size than the X1 by 3.2 inches. The X2 is also lower by 2.8 inches but the two models have a similar wheelbase.
The design of the 2019 X2 is aggressive than other BMW SUVs; it is characterized by a low roofline, short windows and a roundel on its C-pillars. Overall the model has a low, wide posture. The X2 rides on18-inch wheels but one can opt for 19-inch rollers.
If you are looking to take your X2 through spirited paces, you can opt for the M Sport X package that adds an M-sport suspension, sport-tuned transmission, sport-tuned paddle shifters, M spoiler, modified bumpers, adaptive dampers and an option for 20-inch wheels (19-inch wheels are standard for the M Sport X package).
The cabin styling in borrowed from the X1 and features only subtle upgrades. The layout is identical to that of the X1. The cabin features a 6.5-inch infotainment screen which is mounted at the top section of the center console. A navigation system is optional with this screen (adding it also introduces touch control capability to the screen). This unit is standard but buyers can go for the optional 8.8-inch touch-screen display.
The Driver Assistance Package is optional; it features automatic emergency braking (AEB), pedestrian warning system, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and speed limit information. Like the X1, BMW does not offer blind-spot monitoring even as an option but a parking assist and adaptive cruise control are optional.
The X1 offers little cargo space of 21.6 cubic feet with rear seats in place which is less than what is offered by the X1.
Engine and performance
Initially, the 2019 BMW X2 will be powered by a single engine but more engines will be added later on. The engine given this honor is the 2.0 L, turbocharged inline-4 (xDrive28i) good for 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also used in the X1.The engine is linked with an 8-speed automatic gearbox that powers all the four wheels. However, the X2 operates most of the time in the front-wheel-drive; power is channeled to rear wheels only on demand. According to BMW, the drive-train enables the X2 to reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. BMW also says the X2 mill’s fuel economy is laudable; it is rated at 26 mpg on combined drives.
Going for the M Performance treatment boosts the inline-4’s engine power output to over 300 hp.
Price and release date
During the release, BMW did not say anything about the new X2 prices. However, I think the model will attract an MSRP of around $35,000 just above the price of the current X1. Actual details will be released closer to its on-sale date which is slotted for the spring of 2018.