Finally, BMW’s crossover lineup has been completed after the sixth member, the all new X2, rolls off the production line. According to its name, the X2 sits between the entry level X1 and the slightly larger X3 in the hierarchy. Surprisingly, it is actually slightly smaller in size compared to the X1. The Bavarian automaker’s newest sport utility vehicle is three inches shorter in length and is three inches lower in height.
The X2 was made with the intention to focus more on style than practicality. A lot of its mechanical features were based on the X1, as well as the MINI Countryman. This already includes the platform it is based on, that is the UKL2 - a chassis that restricts the car to a four-cylinder engine.
For the United States market, customers could get the BMW X2 in a TwinPower 2.0 liter four-cylinder that produces 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349 Newton-metres) of torque. This engine is then paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that channels the cars power to all four wheels. We are not expecting to see an M version of the X2 as of now, and maybe not anytime soon.
However, we cannot stop car enthusiasts and artists to render what they think might work, and as you can see in the photos, one has been rendered by an independent artist, while the other one is by X-Tomi Design.
As you can see, the virtual X2 gets an M treatment, and it features a slightly wider track, a more aggressive design, massive wheels, and a body finished in a distinct blue body paint. It does look beautiful, but we don’t think that BMW would give the X2 an M Performance package, and that the lowest crossover model it will work with is an X3. But we should never assume, because we might just see it one day.
We’re not closing our doors on an X2 M, but to be more realistic, the closest model we could get to one is an X2 that is equipped with the M Sport package. This will give the standard crossover a little more appeal with a new set of 20 inch wheels and a lowered suspension. What it will not get are mechanical upgrades. Even then, the X2 xDrive28i can hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) from a standstill in only 6.3 seconds, and that is pretty impressive for a small crossover.
What are your thoughts on the rendered X2 M? Well, we are impressed by how quick these guys are when it comes to rendering. The X2 was literally just revealed, and here we are with an M variation of the sport utility vehicle.