BMW has taken the wraps off its X2 sports-focused crossover, which is being launched in three spec-levels including an all-new M Sport X variant.
However, BMW insists it’s a standalone model, with more aggressive looks than the X1 and signature details including squared off wheel arches, twin exhaust pipes, accentuated side skirts, sleek roofline, and matching slim window graphic.
The three launch variants include the basic X2, X2 M Sport, and an M Sport X model that’s new to BMW.
As well as higher equipment and trim levels, the M Sport and M Sport X models come with M Sport suspension as standard (optional in the basic X2) with firmer spring and tailored damper settings and 10mm lower ride height. They’re also styled differently, with more aggressive bumpers and taller 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
The three models stand apart visually by their wheel arches and door sills, which feature black trim on the basic X2, match the body paint on the M Sport and have grey trim on the M Sport X.
The X2 will also have three powertrain choices when it goes on sale in Europe, with more to follow at a later date, including a 103kW three-cylinder sDrive18i.
The launch powertrains include the sDrive20i with its 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the front wheels. It sips regular unleaded at around 5.9L/100km combined, depending on tyres.
This is joined by two 2.0-litre diesel-turbo all-wheel-drive set ups, the 140kW/400Nm xDrive20d and 170kW/450Nm xDrive25d, which are both mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Fuel economy for the 20d and 25d are about 4.8L/100km and 5.3L/100km respectively.
Infotainment includes BMW ConnectedDrive Services and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto views through a standard 6.5-inch floating screen that expands to 8.8-inches in the M Sport models.
Available driver assistance comprises a head-up display, automatic emergency braking, Traffic Jam Assist which takes over braking and steering duties in stop/start traffic and automatic parking assist.
The BMW X2 sits on the same 2670mm wheelbase as the X1 and has a reasonable 470-litre boot space, which expands to 1355 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The BMW X2 is expected to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2018. Local specifications and pricing will announced closer to launch.