New BMW X2 SUV: teased at Milan Fashion Week ahead of 2018 launch

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We get another look at BMW’s new sporty X2 crossover’s shape before it hits the showrooms in 2018

The new BMW X2 has been shown-off again with a camouflaged car doing the rounds at Milan Fashion Week.

We’ve already seen plenty of spy shots of the forthcoming BMW X2with the most recent images revealing more of the roof line of the sporty new crossover. While the X2 will share its running gear with the X1, as well as the 2 Series Active Tourer and MINI Countryman, the newcomer will get a sportier look, with a swept-back windscreen and a smaller glass area than the more upright X1.

With a pared back diguise, it’s clear that the rear windows taper towards the back of the car, where the high-set tail-lights and small rear windscreen add to the sporty look.

Our spies also managed to get a glimpse of the interior, where BMW’s iDrive controller, a three-spoke steering wheel and the X1’s infotainment screen and climate controls were clearly visible, and it’s apparent that the X2’s interior won’t be a radical departure from the rest of the range.

The X2 is scheduled to appear in 2018, and it will slot into BMW’s crossover range between the X1 and X3. It will share its platform with the X1, so it will use the front-wheel-drive UKL structure also found under the 2 Series MPV and MINI Countryman. However, like top-spec versions of all these cars, xDrive four-wheel drive will be available.

These latest spy shots follow the leak earlier this year of renderings submitted to Japanese patent authorities that revealed the all-new member of BMW’s ‘X’ line-up of SUVs goes on sale in 2018.

Looking side on, the production X2 carries over a near identical profile, boasting the same lines and window openings – even the badge on the C-pillar will be carried over for production.

Changes at the rear are a bit more noticeable. The large, chunky bash plate of the concept, along with its two exhaust exits, has been changed. Instead a smaller skid plate is present, while basic models will get a modest single exhaust poking out of the rear. The taillights have also swollen in size.

The leaked renders complement the spy shots we’ve published of the X2, including pictures of this recent sighting at the Nurburgring. The race track location and sporty, low profile tyres strongly suggest that BMW is already hard at work prepping a performance variant of the X2.

The most basic versions of the new  X2 will share the X1’s petrol and diesel engines, which means all will be turbocharged and have four cylinders. While there may be a front-drive sDrive18d, most X2s will use xDrive four-wheel drive. 

The sportier M-developed high-performance version, which could be pictured here may be powered by an uprated version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine, and the car could carry the BMW M25i badge. 

We’ll see the finished X2 production car at the end of 2017, ahead of deliveries in 2018. Prices are expected to start at just under £30,000 to position the car between the current X1 and an all-new BMW X3, due for launch in mid-2017. 

The X2 will be the third Sports Activity Coupe to be launched by BMW, following on from the larger X6 and X4, although the Concept X2 does have a more practical look about it.

According to design boss Adrian van Hooydonk, the Concept X2 is designed as a vehicle that “combines enjoyment with practicality”, while Head of Design Karim Habib highlighted that the car “combines the fast-moving body languge and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model”.

Up front, there’s a large kidney grille flanked by slender headlights with a unique LED running light signature, while the big front bumper and silver lower trim give it a rugged SUV look. Further back, the low roof line and narrow windows are where the Concept X2 delivers on the coupe design cues, although it’s more like a hatch than sports car.

There are sharply angled C-pillars featuring BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink and a BMW roundel, which is a nod to sports cars such as the BMW CSL, which featured badges in the same place.

Wide wheelarches add some muscle, while the vast 21-inch wheels complete the car’s profile. At the back, the raked tailgate isn’t quite like the hatchback rear ends found on an X6 or X4, so the X2 should add more practicality despite its sleek styling.

From the rear, the Concept X2 features a centrally mounted BMW badge flanked by slender tail-lights, while the number plate is set into the bumper, similar in style to the BMW 1 Series hatch.

The Concept X2 is purely an exterior study with its blacked-out windows, but the production model is very likely to use the same cabin layout as the firm’s X1. The production version will be based on that car’s UKL2 platform that also underpins the firm’s 2 Series Active and Gran Tourer MPVs. This means that the X2 will be the fourth front-wheel drive BMW to join the line-up.

BMW will offer 12 full-electric cars to catch up with Tesla

MUNICH — BMW Group will offer 25 electrified vehicles, including 12 EVs, by 2025 as it prepares to unveil a new four-door zero-emissions model at the Frankfurt auto show, the automaker said in a statement.

“By 2025, we will offer 25 electrified vehicles – 12 will be fully-electric,” CEO Harald Krueger told journalists at an event in Munich, adding that electric cars will have a range of up to 700 km (435 miles).

The Frankfurt show, which starts next week, will be used to unveil a new four-door electric car positioned between the i3 city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, Krueger said.

The four-door model, a low-slung sedan, was kept under wraps as BMW showed journalists around its Munich design headquarters on Thursday. It is set to go on sale by 2021. BMW declined to specify its name. Motoring press reports said the sedan is likely to be called the i5.

“We will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brands and model series. And, yes, that also includes the Rolls-Royce brand and BMW M vehicles,” Krueger said.

BMW is investing in its factories to enable all of its models to be equipped with all variants of powertrain by 2020, including fully electric variants, should demand for zero-emission vehicles take off.

BMW plans to unveil an electric Mini at the Frankfurt show, which will go on sale in 2019. The first electric version of a BMW core brand model, the X3 SUV, will follow in 2020, Krueger said.

i brand revival

In future, all EVs from the BMW brand will belong to the i subbrand, he said.

New longer-range battery technology is facilitating the revival of the “i” sub-brand, which hasn’t been assigned a new car since the i8 in 2014.

“We wanted to have a sufficient range that’s coming with the next technology jump,” Krueger said. For the green-car sub-brand, “there wasn’t a big gap. We planned it.”

Consumer demand for the i3, which was launched in 2013, has been sluggish due to concerns about its limited driving range and high price. But with the new regulations coming into force, automakers have little option but to make electric cars more appealing, especially as consumers shy away from diesel in the aftermath of Volkswagen Group’s cheating scandal.

“The environment is changing, it’s much more tense,” Klaus Froehlich, BMW’s development chief, said at the event. “Because of the actions of some, and I emphasize some, the credibility of our industry has been severely compromised.”

BMW, which lost its luxury-car sales crown to Mercedes-Benz last year, is looking to claw back its leadership role. That includes being more aggressive with next-generation technology, especially electric cars as European environmental rules tighten starting in 2020. BMW’s push is similar to Mercedes’ plans, which involves the EQ sub-brand.