BMW is officially launching the new compact X2 SUV in Europe and what better way of showing it off but with the release of a huge detailed image gallery.
It’s been described as the cool sibling of the BMW X1 or as the company calls it, a Sports Activity Coupe just like the bigger X4 and X6.
Based on the same architecture with the X1, the new BMW X2 is tuned to offer better handling and agility than that of its more upright sibling to back its sportier styling.
The initial range will include three engine choices but that will be expanded in a few months to a total of four petrol and five diesel powertrains. As is, the entry-level X2 sDrive20i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 189hp (192PS) and 206lb-ft (280Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 7.7 seconds while top speed is 141mph (227km/h).
If you’re after an all-wheel drive version of the X2 right off the launch, then you’ll have to choose between the xDrive20d and xDrive25d diesel variants. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, offering 187hp (190PS) and 227hp (231PS) respectively.
The future entry-level sDrive18i version of the EU-spec BMW X2 will be powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol with 138hp (140PS), paired to a manual gearbox. As for the US-spec versions of the BMW X2, these will be powered by a 228hp (231PS) version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol unit paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, offered with both front- and all-wheel drive.
The new BMW X2 is also getting the latest version of the company’s iDrive infotainment system that features BMW’s optional Connected services. As standard the new German crossover is getting a 6.5-inch display, with a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen display being an option.
The new BMW X2 is expected to arrive at dealerships across Europe from this March, which is when it’ll also arrive at the US market.