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PROS

  • Less controversial looks over X4 and X6 models
  • Range of efficient engines

CONS

  • Even less boot space than an X1

Verdict

The onwards march of the crossover shows no sign of abating - the genre now accounts for one third of the BMW portfolio - and from spring 2018 buyers of compact SUVs will have even more choice: that’s when this new BMW X2 will slide into showrooms.

As the name suggests, it’s a compact crossover slotting between the X1 and X3 in BMW’s burgeoning range. We’ve met the team behind the newcomer, which they say is aimed squarely at the Audi Q2, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Range Rover Evoque.

A concept car for now: the new 2018 BMW X2

The car you see here is what the industry calls a concept car; it’s a show vehicle signifying where the brand is heading. So while you can’t yet buy the Concept X2 shown at the 2016 Paris motor show, it does preview very closely 2018’s production car.

We’re told the volumes and overall design are similar to what you’ll see in BMW showrooms; slap on real door handles, more realistic mirrors and marginally less OTT show-off alloy wheels, and you’re looking at the new X2. BMW calls it a “sports activity coupe.”

The face is especially striking, with an oversized double-kidney grille with plenty of what BMW calls lean-forward “shark-nose” attitude, flanked by a pair of decidedly slimline laser headlamps. Note also the badges prominently set in the rear C-pillars, a nod to famous models in the history books such as the M1 supercar.

“It’s for people who want to make a design statement - it has presence,” BMW’s small-car project leader Peter Heinrich tells Parkers.

An even-numbered BMW X crossover

In BMW nomenclature, the odd-numbered SUVs are family-focused chariots: think X1, X3, X5 and - soon - the forthcoming X7, also due in 2018.

That leaves even-numbered badges to adorn the rumps of more sporting crossovers: the X4 and X6 are both more purposeful, sloping-roofed machines with a hint of coupe aesthetic.

The X2 looks like it won’t be as extreme as either model, with a more upright roofline to ensure decent space inside its smaller bodywork. No boot volumes have been announced, but Heinrich suggests it will be a little tighter than the X1’s 500-litre loadbay.

The oily bits: engines, transmissions

The new BMW X2 is based on the company’s small-car architecture shared with the 2-Series Active Tourer and MINI ranges, which means it will be sold primarily as a front-wheel drive crossover, with the option of adding xDrive all-wheel drive for those who need extra traction to cope with slippery conditions.

Engines and specs are yet to be confirmed, but we expect a range of four-cylinder engines from an X2 sDrive 20i petrol and X2 sDrive 18d diesel all the way up to an X2 25xe PHEV plug-in electric hybrid version.

BMW X2 prices

No prices have been announced yet, either, but we expect the baby crossover to cost around £28,000, positioned just above the more conventional X1.

Parkers will report back with full driving impressions once the car is launched. See the new BMW X2 in production guise in autumn 2017, with UK deliveries likely in spring 2018.

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