Rumors have been stirring about BMW building an X2crossover since 2011, but we had yet to see it in the metal until 2015. The small SUV finally hit the streets in October 2015 and resurfaced again in January 2016, heavily camouflaged on both occasions. Although BMW has yet to officially confirm the X2, a concept car was showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, making the companies intentions about expanding the X lineup clear as daylight.
Essentially a sleeker, coupe-like version of the X1, the X2 will compete against the likes of the Audi Q2, which was launched in 2016 after intense speculation. It will also complete BMW’s lineup of X-badged SUVs, which will include no fewer than seven nameplates once the range-topping X7 hits dealerships. Naturally, the X2 will be part of a trio of coupe crossovers, which already includes the X6 and the X4.
The new crossover should share underpinnings with the second-generation X1, which rides on the same UKL platform found in the Mini Cooper and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. As a result, the X2 will also borrow the X1’s powertrains and cross the pond to the U.S. in similar configurations.
A launch date has yet to be announced, but given that the concept was unveiled in the third quarter of 2016, the production model should break cover sometime in 2017. Expect it to arrive Stateside for the 2018 model year. Until that happens, we’ve created arendering based on the concept car to go with the speculative review below.
Updated 10/10/2016: At the recent 2016 Paris Auto Show we saw the X2 Concept. Based on the concept, we decided to create a rendering for the production version. Check it out and let us know what do you think about it in the comments section below.
Continue reading to learn out more about the 2018 BMW X2.