As you might know, the Audi Q2 decided to bid goodbye with just one generation. But apparently, BMW has some strong reasons to push the X2 into the second generation. I mean, let’s be honest here, many people don’t even know that a model called ‘X2’ exists in BMW’s portfolio. What are the reasons? Well, BMW claims to have sold more than 380,000 units worldwide. Fair enough then. This time around, there’s not only the second-gen X2 but also the first-ever all-electric iX2.
Market launch is scheduled for March 2024 with iX2 xDrive30, X2 M35i xDrive, another petrol and a diesel option, followed by a second all-electric variant and another diesel option in summer 2024. If you’re attending the Japan Mobility Show (formerly Tokyo Motor Show) later this month, you can probably catch a glimpse of the new models.
Considering the typical bonkers-going nature of BMW’s design team, the new X2 looks fairly elegant. The front fascia, especially the lights and the grille design, reminds us of the new 5 Series. While the original X2 looked more like an oversized city hatchback, the new X2 sports a proper coupe-SUV profile. The example in the photos showcases the X2 M35i, and therefore it has some M-specific bits such as an M-badged Kidney grille, M-specific front bumper inserts, M-specific mirror caps, exclusive but optional 21-inch Y-spoke wheels (20-inch standard), M-specific rear spoiler, M-specific quad exhaust outlets, and optional M Compound brakes (385 mm front and 330 mm rear).
While LED headlights are a standard affair, the models shown here are equipped with the optional Adaptive LED headlights featuring non-dazzling matrix high beam, urban lights, motorway beam pattern and bad weather light.
Adaptive M suspension is included as standard for X2 M35i, which comes with adjustable, mechanically controlled and frequency-selective dampers. The M-specific chassis setup additionally brings about a 15 mm drop in ride height compared with other X2 model variants. The model also gets model-specific bracing elements at the front and rigid anti-roll bar mounts. Power-assisted sport steering is also part of the standard equipment.
As for dimensions, the new X2 measures 4,554 mm long (+194 mm), 1,845 mm wide (+21 mm) and 1,590 mm tall (+64 mm), with a wheelbase of 2,692 mm (+22 mm).
Inside, the new dashboard features a curved panel that houses a 10.25-inch digital cluster and a 10.7-inch touchscreen. A head-up display is—you guessed it—an optional extra. Since this is an X2 M35i, there is also an M leather steering wheel with a red 12 o’clock marker, M-specific shift paddles, Alcantara on the dashboard, and sport seats with blue contrast stitching. M Sport seats with electric adjustability and memory can be found in the options list. These optional seats have integral head restraints and feature an illuminated M logo in the upper section of the backrests.
Standard assistance systems include the latest version of the front collision warning system with brake intervention; cruise control with brake function; Speed Limit Info with no-overtaking indicator and pre-warning; manual Speed Limit Assist; Evasion Assistant; Lane Departure Warning with lane return; Parking Assistant; Reversing Assist Camera, and Reversing Assistant.
The optional Driving Assistant includes Lane Change Warning, Rear Collision Prevention, Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, and Exit Warning function. Another option is Driving Assistant Plus, which includes camera- and radar-based Steering and Lane Control Assistant as well as Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, which can both be used at speeds up to 180 km/h (112 mph). If opted for Driving Assistant Professional, both the Steering and Lane Control Assistant and Active Cruise Control will be available to use at speeds up to 210 km/h (130 mph). This option also includes Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection; Road Priority Warning; Wrong-way Warning; Front Crossing Traffic Warning; Emergency Stop Assistant, and Emergency Lane Assistant.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the regular X2 is gonna be available in X2 sDrive 20i (1.5L 3-cylinder turbo petrol with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system; 125 kW/170 metric hp and 280 Nm/206.5 lb-ft), X2 sDrive 18d (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel; 110 kW/150 metric hp and 360 Nm/265.5 lb-ft) and X2 M35i xDrive variants. All three engines are coupled with a 7-speed DCT.
The X2 M35i xDrive packs a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine that offers a max power of 221 kW (300 metric hp) between 5,750 and 6,500 rpm and a max torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm. This model is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
As mentioned, the second-gen X2 is joined by an all-electric version called the iX2, which will be available in iX2 xDrive 30 guise initially. From the front, you might find it a bit difficult to distinguish between ICE-powered and BEV variants, but of course, the rear fascia makes it a bit easy. The example in the photos here is riding on optional 20-inch V-spoke wheels, which doesn’t help with distinguishing between models, but they look pretty cool. But anyway, the model boasts a drag coefficient of 0.25 Cd.
The cabin features a dual-tone theme of Atlas Grey & Smoke White. In addition to that curved panel, you also get sports seats at the front and a panoramic glass roof. Boot capacity is claimed to range between 525 and 1,400 litres.
But anyway, the iX2 xDrive 30 is powered by two electric motors, one at the front and another one at the rear, offering a max power output of 230 kW (313 metric hp) between 4,300 and 15,200 rpm (including temporary boost) and a max torque of 494 Nm (364 lb-ft) between 0 and 4,900 rpm.
As for the official performance figures, the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 5.6 seconds and the top speed is 180 km/h (112 mph). A 64.8 kWh (usable) battery pack is estimated to offer a WLTP range of anywhere between 417 and 449 km (259 – 279 mi). As mentioned earlier, another all-electric variant will join the lineup at a later date.