BMW to Show All-New X2 Subcompact Crossover at Detroit 2018
Pint-Sized CUV Coupe a Stylish Alternative to X1
BMW confirmed that a production version of the X2 crossover coupe would make its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Slated for a reveal on January 15, the X2 was first shown in concept form at the same show one year earlier.
The BMW X2 offers a coupe-like expression of the more conventional X1 subcompact crossover, much in the same way the X6 is lower-slung and swoopier than the X5. Just like the X1, the X2 will take motivation from a 2.0L turbocharged I-4 producing 228 hp and 258 lb-ft, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW claims a 0-60 time of 6.3 seconds, which is a few ticks faster than the likely heavier X1.
The sleeker styling takes its toll on interior room, with front headroom going from 41.9 inches up front to 39.8 and rear headroom diminishing to 37.1 inches from 39.4. Legroom also goes down, though just by a few tenths front and rear. The sloping rear hatch takes the greatest toll on cargo space, which is pegged at 21.6 cubic feet with the rear seats up or 50.1 with them folded. An X1 offers 27.1 and 58.7 cubes with the seats up and folded, respectively.
The X2 will arrive in dealer showrooms in the spring as a late-availability 2018 model. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch, but expect it to demand a 10 percent premium over the less stylish (but more practical) X1. We’d expect a front-drive X2 to start around $36,000, with all-wheel drive adding another $2,000 to the price.