We already know that BMW will introduce the X2 in 2017, when the second-generation X1 will arrive. What’s more interesting is that the upcoming BMW X2 is likely to be offered as a three or five-door and it will use the new UKL1 platform, same used by the 2014 MINI Cooper and by the front-wheel-drive 2-Series Active Tourer.
This means that the new X2 will be available with front or four-wheel-drive. For those who don’t know, the current BMW sDrive X1 are rear-driven, but it appears that things are about to change when the new generation will arrive.
Regarding the design, the BMW X2 will be inspired by the X4 and will have all the hallmarks of company’s Sport Activity Coupe models such as the sloping roofline and enlarged wheelarches.
Under the hood, the X2 will share the same engines with the X1 and we will find three- and four-cylinder direct injection petrol and common rail diesel engines with a capacity from 1.5- to 2.0-liters, same used by the FWD 2-Series Active Tourer.
The engines will be offered as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the eight-speed automatic transmission will be available as an option.
BMW is also expected to offer a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine delivering around 300 hp that will power an M version of the X2, which will take on the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG and the Audi RSQ3.
The new GLA45 AMG is fitted with a fascinating design that radiates both power and uniqueness. As expected of the high-performance AMG version of the GLA class, it combines the luxurious signature sensual clarity of Mercedes and muscular elements created by AMG.
For instance, the GLA45 AMG features the AMG "twin blade" radiator grille and an AMG front apron with front splitter, both finished in matte titanium grey. The side between the louvers of the radiator grille features distinctive AMG lettering, thereby making all new AMG models easier to identify. The new GLA45 AMG also sports black flics – essentially air deflector elements -- above the massive cooling air intakes at the sides. The grille is flanked by standard bi-xenon headlamps.
Meanwhile, the sides of the new GLA45 AMG are marked by distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels, which are available in three designs. The front wings feature the "TURBO AMG" lettering while the side sill panels come with matte titanium grey inserts. The roof is fitted with aluminum rails. On the rear, the new GLA45 AMG features a diffuser insert with matte titanium grey trim. The GLA45 AMG is also provided with the AMG sports exhaust system that has twin tailpipes with exhaust flap and rectangular, chrome-plated trim,
AMG is also offering a number of optional features for the new GLA45 AMG that enhances either its performance or looks, or even both. For instance, the Night package includes silver chrome radiator grille louvers, privacy windows, high-gloss black exterior mirrors and black anodized waistline trim strip. Also included are a high-gloss black front splitter, side sill panel insert and rear apron trim as well as two tailpipes with black rectangular trim.
The Aerodynamics package, meanwhile, includes the Night package and adds a larger front splitter, rear spoiler and additional flics on the front apron. The Exterior Carbon-Fiber package, on the other hand, offers a carbon fiber front splitter, side sill panel insert and rear apron trim as well as silver chrome-finished twin blade on the radiator grille. Also available individually are carbon fiber exterior mirror housings, rear spoiler and red painted brake calipers with black AMG lettering.