The much-anticipated BMW X2 will be available in the spring of 2018. Potential buyers will finally be able to give it a test drive, after patiently awaiting the new CUV for about two years. That's how long BMW has been teasing us with glimpses of thinly-disguised prototypes. It is a sharp, athletic-looking compact SUV. If you like the X1, you will probably like the X2. They even share the same wheelbase. But the X2 is 3.2 inches shorter and sits 2.8 inches closer to the ground. Here are the answers to questions you may have on this handsome, brand new crossover SUV.
Are there different BMW X2 trims or models available?
The BMW X2 is available in three "tiers" or trims. The base trim is the Simplicity Tier, which is touted as "anything but basic" by BMW. The next trim level up is the Convenience Tier, and the top trim level is the Premium Tier. The Convenience Tier comes with a panoramic moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, and keyless entry. The Premium Tier comes with all that plus a heated steering wheel and heated seats.
Three add-on equipment packages are also available. The M Sport X package includes an enhanced transmission with paddle shifters along with more sporty-looking trim pieces and bumpers. The Dynamic Handling Package comes with Dynamic Damper Control which lets you adjust the X2's suspension by up to 4 inches while driving and switch between Comfort Mode, Eco Pro Mode, and Sport Mode. It also includes the more responsive M Sports Steering for improved cornering. The Driving Assistance Package comes with lane departure and forward collision warning systems, automatic high beams, and local speed limit information.
Is there a convertible X2 model?
There are rumors that the X2 will be available as a convertible in the near future. Of course, the near future could mean in a year or two or five.
How much will the new X2 cost?
BMW hasn't announced pricing on the X2 yet. It is expected to start out at around $38,000, though.
Will the X2 have the latest infotainment technology?
The X2 will come equipped with an infotainment system that uses the latest available technology. BMW hasn't announced the details yet, but the X2 is expected to come with the latest connectivity technology like Apple CarPlay, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 6.5" or 8.8" Touch Control Display. It will come equipped with a charging station in the center console between the front seats for wireless smartphone charging.
The Convenience Tier comes with SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Premium Tier includes a Navigation system with a Touchpad Controller, Real-time Traffic Information, and a Head-up Display.
How much room will the X2 have for cargo?
The BMW X2 will have 50.1 cubic feet of cargo space. It comes with a 40/20/40 fold-down rear seat, so you can just fold down a part of the rear seat for more cargo space.
Does the BMW X2 have room for more than five people?
No, the BMW X2 is built for only five people. That includes the driver.
Is the X2 available in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive models?
The new X2 is only available as an all-wheel-drive vehicle. BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is an available option.
Will the X2 CUV be fuel efficient?
BMW hasn't announced the X2's fuel-use numbers yet. However, the larger BMW X1 gets 22-23 mpg in the city and 31-32 mpg on the highway. It is probably safe to assume the smaller X2 will be slightly more fuel efficient.
What type of engine will the X2 have under the hood?
The X2 will come with only one engine option, and that will be the xDrive28i. It is a 228-hp, 2.0-L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine has the most up-to-date technology, including Valvetronic fully-variable valve lift, a TwinScroll turbocharger, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing and High Precision Direct Injection.
Has the new X2 been tested for safety in the event of a collision?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have not had an opportunity to do testing on the new X2. The IIHS has tested the BMW X1, though, and I think it is fairly safe to assume test results on the X2 will be somewhat similar. The 2018 X1 got a "G" or "Good" score on the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints & seat tests. That's the highest possible score. It received an Advanced rating for front crash prevention in the Crash Avoidance & Mitigation tests. The 2017 X1 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.