Report: BMW X2 to Debut Soon
Evoque Rival to Use New Front-Drive Platform
The relentless worldwide advance of crossovers continues, with BMW reportedly set to debut the fashion-forward X2, adding to the brand’s “sport activity coupe” lineup, currently consisting of the X4 and X6. Unlike its larger stablemates, the X2 will ride on BMW’s new UKL transverse platform, as will the second-generation X1. The X2 will reportedly be positioned to compete against the Range Rover Evoque.
According to an Autocar report, the X2 will be offered globally with three and four-cylinder engine options. Assuming the X2 comes to the U.S. market at some point, it’s likely it will be offered only with more powerful four-cylinder engines, with a high-performance variant of the new modular 2.0L I-4 turbo making as much as 300 hp.
Styling is expected to largely draw from the next-generation X1, but with the characteristic fastback rear liftgate of the even-numbered X models. A concept version of the X2 will reportedly debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, with production starting in the latter half of 2017, for debut as a 2018 model. The next-generation X1 and X2 will likely be the first transverse-powertrain BMWs sold in the U.S. market. The “ultimate driving machine” marque has been traditionally associated with rear-wheel-drive and high-performance driving dynamics by U.S. enthusiasts.