We knew it was coming, and here it is: BMW introduced the X2, the smallish crossover sized between the X1 and X3, aimed squarely at the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q2. The BMW goes on sale this spring. Pricing is coming closer to launch, but we’d guess it’s going to start somewhere in the $35,000 range.
The X2’s UKL platform is shared with various Minis and the 2-Series Active Tourer. The little crossover is 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower than an X1 but has the same wheelbase and thus shorter overhangs. The more coupe-like greenhouse (a la X4 and X6) means perhaps slightly less versatility than, say, the X3/X5.
The X2 xDrive28i comes at launch with BMW’s 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four, producing 228 hp and 258 lb-ft, enough for a 6.3-second 0-60 time according to BMW. The company’s all-wheel-drive system, xDrive, is standard, as is the eight-speed automatic and hill-descent control. The driving dynamics control has comfort, eco pro and sport modes.
An M Sport X package adds paddle shifters and transmission software tuned for quicker shifts. The Sport model is also a half-inch lower and gets a sportier suspension.
Options include a panoramic roof, rear deck spoiler, 19- or 20-inch wheels and head-up display.