Buyers cross shopping between the new Range Rover Evoque and BMW X2 are looking at two different answers to the same question: What is a rakish-looking, almost coupe-like crossover that is striking to behold, fun to drive and posh to sit in? They’re about the same size, even though the Evoque looks bigger because it is more squared off, but they actually provide a very different experience for driver and occupants.
Firstly, the X2 feels like a very well sorted hatchback to drive, and you can throw it into corners with a fair bit of confidence. On the other hand, it is pretty much useless off-road going over anything more severe than a potholed country road. The Range Rover Evoque is decent to drive on tarmac, but it’s only average in this respect, however, it wipes the floor with the X2 when it comes to any kind of tougher off-roading.
They look and feel different and also address different buyers with different needs, even though they will be cross shopped and compared against one another. The fact of the matter is, they’re so different, it’s quite possible that somebody who really likes one, will absolutely hate the other. It probably all boils down to where and how you want to use it, although realistically very few buyers will actually take advantage of the Evoque’s off-road qualities, and just potter around the city in it, an application where the X2 is probably better.
2019 BMW X2 M35i
The BMW X2 M35i is the range-topping version of the X2 mini SUV that slots between the familiar X1 and X3. The beefed-up crossover arrived in 2018, less than a year after the X2 went into production. The X2 M35i anticipates the arrival of the Audi SQ2 and a potential competitor that Mercedes-Benz may launch soon.
Following in the footsteps of the X3, the X2 spawned an M-prepped version with higher performance. The big news here is that the M35i hides the first-ever four-cylinder engine modified by the M Performance division under the hood. The X2 M35i is also the most powerful four-cylinder model conceived by BMW so far. I guess this makes up for the fact that the M35i is just an X2 with the M Sport Package inside and out. But let’s find out more about that in the review below.
BMW X2 M35i Launched with the company’s most powerful four-cylinder yet
2018 BMW X2 - Updated
Introduced for the 2018 model year, the BMW X2 is the Bavaria’s answer to the Audi Q2, launched in 2016. The small crossover slots between the X1 and X3 in the lineup, but it’s essentially a sportier version of the former. BMW offers the X2 in both the U.S. and Europe with a range of gasoline and diesel engines.
The small SUV first hit the streets in October 2015 and resurfaced again in January 2016, heavily camouflaged on both occasions. Later on, a concept car was showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, making the company’s intentions about expanding the X lineup clear as daylight. Come 2017 and the X2 broke cover as the company’s sixth crossover. Essentially a sleeker, coupe-like version of the X1, the X2 competes against the likes of the Audi Q2, which was launched in 2016. It also completes BMW’s lineup of so-called coupe-style crossovers, which already includes the X6 and the X4.
The new compact SUV shares underpinnings with the second-generation X1, which rides on the same UKL platform found in the Mini Cooper and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. As a result, the X2 is front-wheel driven in the absence of xDrive AWD and also borrows the X1’s powertrains, meaning it will cross the pond to the U.S. in similar configurations. Launched in Europe in November 2017, the X2 made its North American debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
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Video: BMW X2 M35i Caught Testing at The Nurburgring
A number of BMW X2 M35i models were recently spotted at the Nurburgring doing some test runs. The most eye-catching of these X2 models was dressed up in a gold paint finish with very little camouflage hiding its panels. Two other models could be seen with it, but with the crossovers moving, it’s not hard to see what the new model is going to look like when it finally arrives.
The dynamic coupe-like styling of the X2 M35i is inescapable. Even from afar, you can see its resemblance to the new X2, though it’s unlikely that both models will look exactly the same. That’s what those camo wraps are for, after all. It is interesting that BMW left those in place because it’s probably a sign that there’s going to be some light reworking on those sections to accommodate the performance-enhanced identity of the X2 M35i.
A few of the new elements we observed from this video include the wheels. They look to be the same type of wheels from the ones we saw on an earlier prototype from the beginning of the year.
The interior is likely going to get its own splash of features, though the configuration will also remain largely the same. The big difference with regards to the X2 M35i is its power. Since it’s technically not the M2, don’t expect it to be a performance fiend. Still, it’s good for at least 300 horsepower, all thanks to an upgraded version of Bimmer’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, codenamed B48A20T1, that’s sitting pretty under that hood. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which will be responsible for sending all that power to all four wheels.
While it does appear that the X3 M35i is struggling on some of the corners at the Nurburgring, I’m not worried about what it’s capable of. For all we know, the unidentified test driver could be doing it intentionally to test the crossover’s brakes. What we do know is that the X2 M35i is going to have its fair share of fans once it becomes available later this year or in early 2019.
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The Front-Wheel-Drive BMW X2 Doesn’t Deserve The Hate it Gets From Purists
The BMW X2 is not a perfect car. It may not even be the best BMW crossover in the German automaker’s lineup. But, it is worthy of our attention, not because of what it represents in today’s crossover-infatuated world, but simply because of what it is. BMW purists may cringe at the sight of another crossover diluting the brand, but there’s more to the X2 than meets the eye. You just have to know where to look.
2020 BMW X2 Convertible
Introduced in 2017 as a follow up to a concept vehicle launched in 2016, the X2 is BMW’s sixth crossover and the smallest of its kind alongside the X1. Although the even number in the badge suggests that this crossover is actually a smaller version of the X4, the X2 is far from being a coupe. Somewhat similar to the X1 in terms of shape and size, the X2 does have a few unique features that help it stand out. Already available in Europe and soon to be offered in the U.S. as well, the X2 could get a convertible version in the future. According to recent reports, BMW is already studying a business case for a competitor to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
Not yet approved for production, the X2 Convertible is reportedly under serious consideration, with BMW having already conducted a study found that a significant number of drivers would buy such a model. A decision will be made later this year, but the X2 Convertible appears to be a solid proposition if BMW wants to further expand in the crossover segment. Should it get the green light, it will become the company’s eighth crossover, given that it will arrive after the flagship X7. Until BMW confirms it, let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
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BMW is Seriously Considering a Convertible X2 Crossover
After joining the SUV, hybrid, and all-electric markets in recent years, BMW is preparing to enter one more niche. This time around, it wants to join a really small market that has yet to gain traction: convertible crossovers. And it wants to do so with a drop-top version of recently introduced BMW X2.
That’s the word from Spain’s Motor.es, which claims that BMW is serious considering a convertible X2. According to the report, the German firm conducted a study recently that found that a significant number of drivers would consider such a model. BMW is reportedly running a second study as we speak, with a business to be made later this year. So yeah, the vehicle still needs a green light to go into production, but it may be closer than we think. Especially with Land Rover now offering a convertible version of the Evoque.
New Front-Wheel Drive BMW X2 Won’t Arrive Until Late Spring
Stateside audiences got an eye full of the new 2018 BMW X2 at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, spurring excitement with its premium good looks and relatively affordable price tag. Now, a new report points to the arrival of a FWD iteration that’ll lighten the bottom line even further.
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Infiniti, BMW Take Home EyesOn Design Awards in Detroit
The Detroit Auto Show was popping this week with enough debuts and concept car unveilings to make for an action-packed week. Two cars, in particular, were honored with EyesOn Design awards, one for being the best concept in the show, and another for being the best production vehicle. The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept and the BMW X2 SUV took home top honors in the two categories, respectively.
BMW’s Smallest SUV Shows its Face in Public at Detroit Auto Show
Unveiled in October 2017, the BMW X2 is the company’s smallest crossover yet, standing beneath the X1 in the lineup. Already available in Europe since November 2017, the X2 is no longer a mystery, but the mini SUV just made its public U.S. debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, a sign that American customers will soon be able to order one. And if the X1 is any indication, the X2 will probably become a big hit in North America.
The BMW X2 may be a coupe-ish SUV that will tackle models like the Audi Q2, Mercedes GLA, and the Nissan Juke (loosely, of course) but before it hits dealers to take on its purposeful mission, it has been tasked with other novelties. We’re not talking about anything serious, of course, but in the X2’s first commercial it does help a man establish a new identity as he sheds his gold chains, and it does help take down a massive mechanical robot. It’s certainly a new take on advertising from BMW but could be exactly what the brand needs to bring strong appeal to a model like the X2 – something that will reside in a segment (the SUV segment in general) that is bursting at the seams with options.
At the time of its launch, the X2 will only be available with a 190-horsepower four-banging, diesel, but other gasoline and diesel options will follow later on. All-wheel drive, however, isn’t on the table but an M version could offer up to 300 horsepower down the road. Either way, the X2 is an all-new model, and it certainly needs to make a serious splash. Check out the first, very interesting commercial starting none other than the new BMW X2 below!
2020 BMW X2 M
Rumored since 2011, the BMW X2 crossover was officially confirmed in 2016, when the German firm unveiled a concept car at the Paris Motor Show. One year later and the production model was revealed, joining the X1 in the company’s compact crossover lineup. With the X2 now official and on its way to dealerships, the question on everyone’s lips is will BMW create an M version of the mini SUV? There’s no official confirmation at this point, but there’s solid indication that the X1 will get its first M variant pretty soon. And with the X2 built on the same underpinnings, there’s a good chance that an X2 M will also follow.
Although the new niche the X2 was designed for includes just another model, the Audi Q2, as of this writing, the market is likely to expand in the near future. And as it’s almost always the case, on top of other carmakers joining in, we’ll also see higher-performance versions in dealerships soon. BMW is already a bit late to the party compared to Audi, so it wouldn’t hurt for the X2 M to arrive before the RS Q2 and grab an important share of the market. We’ll probably find out more about this in 2018, but until that happens, the speculative review below will give you an idea of what to expect from this model. We also have a rendering created by X-Tomi Design to go with the info.
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The X2 Brings New DNA to the BMW Lineup
BMW’s lineup is ripe with models ranging from little sedans to sports cars to SUVs in any flavor or power denomination you could want. Now, that lineup gets a little bigger thanks to the addition of the BMW X2 – another coupe-shaped SUV that sits near the bottom of the lineup. It’s actually shorter than the X1 and lower than the X1 but carries the same wheelbase. A new grille design is showcased as well, with the X2 being the first model to feature a kidney grille with the bottom being longer than the top. If you recall they are usually symmetrical or longer on top. Needless to say, the X2 looks a lot like some of the other X-models out there, but the slight differences help to set it apart. Oh, and everything but the entry model even gets full LED headlights.
Inside you get a choice of various materials depending on trim level, and you can even get contrast stitching if you wish. Outside of this the interior is pretty much on par with the rest of the models in BMW’s lineup but can be equipped with a cool ambient lighting that offers up a number of different colors including Lilac and Bronze. If you opt for the panoramic roof, the front portion will open up like a traditional sunroof – that’s something you don’t usually see with glass up top. Of course, unless you’re someone who digs burning diesel, you won’t be going after the X2 when it hits dealers in mid-November since the xDrive20d is the only model that will be available at launch. Later one, an xDrive18d will be available as well as a sdrive version of the 20 and 18 in gasoline form – I guess only diesel is good enough for all-wheel drive.
At the end of the day, BMW will ask you to sign over £33,980 or about $45,022 at current exchange rates. For what it’s worth, you’ll get a model that’s good for 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It can hit 62 mph in 7.7 seconds. And with that said, I want to know what your opinion is on the X2. Personally, it seems a little redundant to me – it’s basically a 1 Series with jacked up suspension and pricing, and is nothing more than a pawn to help BMW continue flooding the SUV and Crossover market. Let us know what you think in the comments section below and check out our full review for even more information on the new X2.
2016 BMW X2 Concept
In 1999, BMW launched its first-ever SUV, joining the increasingly popular crossover market with the X5. The mid-size hauler was later joined by the smaller X3 and X1, as well as the coupe-shaped X6 and X4 models. The German company is planning to expand its family of X models even further in the future with a larger X7, already confirmed for production. An X2 has also been in the rumor mill for a few years, but BMW has yet to confirm it. This changed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where the Munich-based firm showcased the X2 Concept.
Described as a vehicle for "active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality," the X2 Concept slots between the X1 and the X3.. But although the even number next to the "X" places it in the same lineup with the X4 and X6, the X2’s styling lacks the hunched stance of its coupe siblings. This is where it gets a bit confusing, but needless to say, the X2 is definitely sportier than the X3 and X1.
"The BMW Concept X2 combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model. This is a sporty vehicle with a bold character, and it allows us to open up some fascinating new design possibilities for the BMW brand," said Karim Habib, head of BMW Design.
BMW has yet to specifically confirm that a production X2 is underway as of January 2017, but a road-going model is expected to arrive within the next couple of years. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the concept and the brand-new BMW features that define it.
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BMW X2 Arrives In Paris In Concept Form
Rumored for quite a few years, the BMW X2 just made its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Although just a concept for now, the X2 is not overly wild for a show car and previews the company’s third coupe-like crossover.
Described as a vehicle for "active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality," the X2 concept looks like a mash up between the X1 and X4, but seasoned with a number of conceptual styling cues that will find their way on the production car in a more toned-down form. Although part of the same family that includes the X4 and X6, the X2 isn’t as sleek as it bigger cousins. The roof line is closer to those of the X1 and X3, missing the familiar hump of the X4.
On the flipside, the glasshouse is lower, while the tailgate is significantly smaller compared to the rest of the rear fascia. This gives the small crossover a more imposing look, as do the massive grille and bumper at the front. Speaking of the latter, it houses two big side vents and a wide center intake that remind of M-spec Bimmers. Onto the sides, the X2 showcases large wheels, gray wheel arch and side skirt inserts, slender mirrors. The window surrounds are made from brushed aluminum instead of the usual chrome or black trim. Another notable feature is the rear diffuser, which features two big exhaust outlets at each corner.
Other than that, the X2 remains true to BMW’s current styling language for crossovers, highlighted by the two-box design, short overhangs, and heavily forward-slanting C-pillar. The trademark Hofmeister Kink is also present. Naturally, the production model will drop the exaggerated wheels, grille, and bumpers and will adopt larger windows, but for the most part this concept is a good preview of things to come.
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BMW is new to the front-wheel drive segment, but the most recent rumor circulating the web is that the Germans are in the process of developing their own dual-clutch transmission for FWD based vehicles. While BMW hasn’t said anything on the matter, it wouldn’t be a big surprise given the downside to the current eight-speed transmission it currently sources from Aisin.
Now that the 2-Series Active Tourer and the X1 are on the road, it has become clear that the current eight-speed transmission just doesn’t offer the performance that is expected from BMW. The transmission works fine for the most part, but performance-wise, it just takes too long to downshift from seventh or eighth gear into a gear suitable for passing.
If BMW is developing a DCT, it is likely we’ll see it first in the upcoming BMW X2 in the next couple years, but I suspect we will also see it show up on the order form for the next generation 2-Series and the X1. The rumor, if it does turn out to be true, could also mean the BMW is looking to develop its own line of FWD performance vehicles that will need the benefits of a dual-clutch transmission over what an old-fashioned automatic can offer. Even if BMW isn’t planning a whole line of FWD vehicles, MINI and it’s new line of vehicles could certainly benefit from a DCT as well.
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BMW traditionalists, allow me to direct you to that magical “x” in the top-right corner of your browsers, as reports indicate that the BMW X2 will arrive in late-2017, according to sources within BMW.
That’s right, this front-wheel-drive tiny crossover with a sloped rear hatch, like the BMW X4 and X6, will soon be a reality. The launch will start with the U.K. in 2017 and we’ll likely get our taste of this questionable crossover around the same time.
Because it’ll share its platform with the 2016 BMW X1, look for the 2017 BMW X2 to carry the same line of engines as its more useful sibling. This lineup will include am array of four-cylinder engines and a three-cylinder economy engine. I have my doubts that the three-cylinder will get any play here in the U.S.
The silver lining of the X2 is a reported M Performance model, which will use the new B48 engine. BMW will tweak the 228-horsepower B48 to somewhere around 300 horsepower, allowing it to compete with the 2015 Audi RS Q3 and the 2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG.
Transmission choices will come in the form of either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto, with the former likely not being an option in the U.S. Buyers will of course be able to fit the X2 with xDrive all-wheel drive if front-wheel drive doesn’t satisfy their needs.
Look for the X2 to make its conceptual debut in 2016, possibly at the Geneva show. With this debut so close, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more leaks like this make their way to the media.
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The upcoming BMW X2 is reportedly getting a Sport variant after reports surfaced that BMW has registered the “X2 Sport” name in its latest trademark filling. A report from BMW Blog suggests that the trademark of the X2 Sport could be the long-awaited answer to questions about the available versions under the X2 name. With the X2 Sport now in play, it could be the strongest indication we have that BMW is planning to offer the X2 in three- and five-door configurations while still sharing its platform with the smaller X1.
For my money, I think the X2 will be offered as the five-door version of the line with the X2 Sport being given the three-door version.
Either way, the two models are expected to be underpinned by the same ULK1 platform that’s currently used by the new MINI and the 2 Series Active Tourer.
BMW Blog is also reporting that the X2 Sport could feature a design inspired by BMW’s existing lineup of sports activity coupes, specifically the X4 and X6. Should that be the case, expect the X2 Sport to be more dynamic than the X1. A sloping roofline certainly isn’t out of the question since the X4 and X6 continue to carry that style. Larger kidney grilles and angular headlights should also be expected for the X2 and X2 Sport.
While BMW has yet to formally announce the arrival of the X2, the recent trademark filing of the "X2 Sport" name is the latest indication that we’re going to see BMW’s new sports activity coupe sooner rather than later.
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The folks over at BMW Blog report that sources close to German magazine Autobild say BMW’s got a couple new SUVs planned for the near future. Coming out first is the new two-door X2 scheduled for shipment in 2016. It’s said to be based on the UKL front-drive platform that will also underpin the second-generation X1.
BMW Blog says the X2 will also share the X1’s powertrain lineup that includes a three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Keep in mind, the diesels will likely stay in Europe if or when they debut. A hybrid variant may well be on the drawing board as well. We suspect a hybrid X2 would make a highly respectable option for inner city customers looking to make a statement while cutting fuel costs.
Less is known about the possible X7 SUV. This is not the first time BMW Blog has reported on an X7 as they covered its initial media leak and then purported demise, as BMW supposedly didn’t feel the need for a large full-size SUV at the time. The magazine does however dive into the possibility of three different plug-in hybrid systems for all X Series models. Included is a three-cylinder offered in front-wheel-drive only; a four-cylinder engine offered in rear-drive X3 and X4 models; and a six-cylinder offered in four-wheel drive for the X5,X6, and possible X7. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on the topics.