BMW X2 gets coupe styling, SUV practicality

2018 BMW X2 sunset

After months of speculation and spy shots, the 2018 BMW X2 has surfaced, with the company declaring it brings “unchartered levels of driving pleasure” to the segment.

While we can’t comment on that until we’ve driven it, what we can tell you is BMW is aiming specifically to a young audience, designed specifically to cater to first time BMW buyers.

2018 BMW X2 rear view

Part of the design ethos was to make a crossover into a coupe, which somehow will bring in the younguns in droves. The kidney grille has been flipped upside down and there are BMW emblems on the C-pillar.

Under the bonnet are turbocharged petrols and diesels, with the xDrive20i petrol making 141 kW, the xDrive20d producing 140 kW, and the xDrive25d pumping out 170 kW.

Later next year, there will be an sDrive18i, which is a three-cylinder, plus sDrive20i, sDrive18d and xDrive18d.

2018 BMW X2 side view

You may have noticed that BMW hasn’t supplied torque figures for its engines – yeah, we noticed that, too.

What we do know is that the diesels run an eight-speed auto, while the petrols get a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The M Sport and M Sport X models will get M Sport suspension as standard, meaning firmer springs and dampers and lowered ride height. But fans of “M Sport suspension” can get it as an option. *fist pump*

Oh, then there’s Dynamic Damper Control as an option which not only gives you a further 10 mm drop in ride height, it also allows more fine tuning of the suspension settings.

2018 BMW X2 driving

Inside – wait for it – M Sport and M Sport X models get trimmed in what BMW says is an “enticing” Micro Hexagon fabric with an Anthracite/Alcantara combination, and contrast stitching for the instrument binnacle and centre console. And heads up display is an option, naturally.

Strap yourselves in – we’re not finished yet.

BMW Connected and BMW ConnectedDrive servicescan be optioned, as well as driver assistance packages like Traffic Jam Assistant, which “eases the driver’s workload in tedious stop/start traffic on congested motorways.” It’s just so hard to steer and brake, isn’t it?

But TJA has to be bought with the Driving Assistant Plus pack, which uses cameras to steer the car autonomously. And there’s a Parking Assistant, which does what every other self parking feature achieves.

When? Put March 2018 in your calendar.