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2018 BMW X2: The Sporty Subcompact SUV With The BMW Touch

2018 BMW X2: The Sporty Subcompact SUV With The BMW Touch

January 2, 2018

The 2018 BMW X2 has a specific job to do. For some time now, the luxury brands have been bringing out smaller, lower-priced subcompact vehicles. Their objective: to introduce their brands to younger buyers, whom they hope will stay in the “family” as their incomes and families grow. Ideally, these customers will move from an entry-level vehicle to a mid-size, and then something larger, evolving into the long-term, profitable relationship that these luxury automakers are seeking. The most recent phase started with the successful Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan and its companion vehicle the GLA SUV, both introduced for the 2014 model year.

And what about BMW? So far, it has focused primarily on front-engine, rear-drive vehicles for the US market, even though Mercedes-Benz uses a front-drive platform for the CLA/GLA. Audi’s A3 is also front-wheel drive.

The Limits Of Rear-Wheel Drive

The packaging limitations of rear-wheel drive are felt acutely in smaller vehicles. The transmission hump and driveshaft tunnel down the center take up valuable room inside, and the rear differential and suspension eat into cargo space. BMW’s tight-fitting 1 Series and 2 Series coupes and convertibles have had to live with these compromises. The new BMW X2 will be adding another front-wheel drive vehicle to the BMW lineup, in addition to the recently redesigned X1 SUV.

The BMW X2 is a sporty take on a subcompact SUV. It has a coupe-style roofline riding atop its sit-high SUV body. As with all their SUV models, the X2 is marketed as a “Sport Activity Vehicle.” The X2 is derived from the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, which is a tall, front-wheel drive 5-door hatchback, not sold in the US.

The BMW X2 is rather similar in appearance and layout to the Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV, which is purely intentional. The German luxury brands like to leave no niche uncontested.

Three Different Trim Levels Of The 2018 BMW X2

The 2018 BMW X2 will be available in three trims: the basic X2, the X2 M Sport, and the X2 M Sport X. As you progress through the model lineup, there are sportier front and rear fascia treatments, larger wheels and tires, and more upscale interior trims. Since this is a BMW, there will be plenty of expensive options packages available.

It Looks Like A BMW

From the outside, the 2018 BMW X2 has familiar-looking headlights. They flank a grille that features the traditional black BMW kidneys with chrome surrounds. But on the X2, they are turned upside down for the first time. BMW logo roundels can be seen on the front, rear, and sides. Rugged-looking bumper design elements in front and rear suggest off-road capability. The LED taillights reinforce the BMW identity.

Inside, There’s Luxury

The BMW X2 takes its role as an entry-level luxury SUV seriously. The soft-touch dashboard has decorative contrast stitching. Dakota leather seating is available. The center console controls are set into gloss black surrounds. An optional interior LED lighting package lets drivers select from orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue and white as the color that runs continuously around the interior. A sliding and tilting panoramic roof is also available.

The 2018 BMW X2 Engine Will Be Familiar

The only engine offered for the 2018 BMW X2 in the US market will be the tried-and-true 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with an output of 248 horsepower. This is the same engine offered in the X1 and other BMW models. It will be available as an sDrive28i model with front-wheel drive, or an xDrive28i model with all-wheel drive. Both versions are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Plenty Of Technology To Aid The Driver

Every BMW X2 includes a 6.5” freestanding control display as standard equipment. This is upgraded to a 6.5”or 8.8” touch control display if a navigation system is added. There is an optional full-color Head-Up Display, which projects important driving information and navigation readouts onto the windshield, in the driver’s field of view.

BMW Connected+ delivers the next level of in-car personalization and smartphone integration. One example of a new Connected+ service is Share Live Trip Status, which lets the driver share their current location and time of arrival with business partners, friends or family. Other connectivity highlights are the optional LTE WiFi hotspot, wireless phone charging, and Apple CarPlay integration.

Available advanced driver assistance technologies on the BMW X2 include lane departure warning, speed limit info with no passing info display, high beam assistant, collision warning and pedestrian warning with city braking, active cruise control with stop & go, traffic jam assistant, park distance control, and parking assist.

Should You Lease A 2018 BMW X2?

The 2018 BMW BMW X2 should be a great car to lease. BMW usually has very good lease deals, and they will want to introduce this new SUV with a big impact. And being a BMW, it should be fun to drive. Be careful with the option packages, and you should be able to end up with a very affordable monthly payment.

The BMW X2 will be released in March of 2018. Pricing and exact specifications for the US market will be available closer to that date. It will continue to be sold alongside BMW’s X1, its more traditional-looking subcompact SUV. Another vehicle to cross-shop would be the Mini Countryman, which is built on the same platform.