It was subtle, but many models in the X Series just never felt right when I saw them. Unlike BMW’s time-tested designs for their sports sedans, the X Series looked odd. Well, the 2018 BMW X2 is almost ready to go, and I couldn’t be more impressed. BMW has finally sport-sized their latest crossover.
The BMW X2 is the newest addition to the automaker’s crossover lineup that suffers from an almost unreasonable level of segmentation and surprising difficulty nailing down the right styling. The X2 will come on the same wheelbase as the X1, but the new model is 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower. Despite the plastic cladding on the lower portion of the body, there isn’t a ton of space between the fenders and the wheels. Basically, even though the X2 looks like it might be able to handle a rough ride, I wouldn’t take this fella on a rock crawl. That said, we approve of the sporty look, and the front and side cladding works surprisingly with the colors we’ve seen. If the X1 found the right shape for a crossover (more upright and spacious), then the X2 has found the right styling for the “sports trim” in the series.
The interior doesn’t stray from the BMW norm. It contains an infotainment screen on the dashboard, physical knobs to control the radio and temperature, and a standard gauge screen directly in front of the driver. If you like all the bells and whistles, the standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen can be upgraded to a touchscreen version in either 6.5-inch or 8.8-inch sizes. You will also be able to add in a head-up display for a higher price tag. Each of the three rear seats can be folded down independently, giving you plenty of extra cargo capacity as well.
In addition to the interior features, the X2 is filled with familiar connected-car tech that has been added to almost all the modern BMWs. The standard version of the car will come with BMW Connected+ to give you first- and last-mile navigation while you’re away from the vehicle. It will also give you the option to share ETAs with contacts and comes with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot so your family never gets bored. Apple CarPlay is an option as well, but it does not come standard.
At launch, only a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 will be available to put out 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard as well. If you decide to go for the M Sport X package, you will get a sport setting for the transmission which will speed up both upshifts and downshifts, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, larger wheels, aluminum interior trim, and the option for perforated Dakota leather. The 2018 BMW X2 will go on sale this spring, and you can expect pricing to be announced closer to that time.