2019 BMW X2 Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Oct 25, 2017
FAST FACTS
  • New Sports Activity Coupe based on BMW X1
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, AWD
  • Latest iDrive 6.0 and ConnectedDrive technologies
  • Available driver assistance and collision avoidance systems
  • More cargo space than the larger and more expensive X4 model
  • On sale in March of 2018

Introduction

2018 BMW X2 front quarter left photo

BMW completes its family of Sports Activity Coupes with the debut of the 2019 X2. This new model is based on the BMW X1, but is shorter in length, sits lower to the ground, and has a sportier design. It is more affordable than the BMW X4 (based on the X3) and the BMW X6 (based on the X5).

Exterior Features


With the new 2019 BMW X2, the company introduces a couple of new styling treatments.

First, the twin-kidney grilles get wider from top to bottom, representing the first time this approach has been used on a BMW. Second, BMW roundels are mounted to the rear roof pillars, an affectation dating back to the stylish CS coupes of the 1960s. They positioned just aft of the traditional Hofmeister kink where the rear doors meet the roof pillars.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights and running lights, as well as LED taillights. Lower body cladding is dark gray, but with the optional M Sport X package it switches to Frozen Gray, a treatment that the company says is inspired by rally racing. Around back, twin 3.5-inch exhaust outlets flank what is supposed to look like a skid plate or a diffuser panel, or both.

Interior Features


Though the new X2 can seat five people, four will be happier, and two will be happiest, with the rear seat folded down to expand the cargo area from 21.6 cu.-ft. to 50.1 cu.-ft.

SensaTec upholstery is standard, along with contrast stitching on the dashboard and seats, and gloss black and pearl chrome cabin trim. Upgrades include leather, aluminum, and matte wood finishes, along with LED contour lighting to supplement the standard ambient illumination.

Drivers face a Black Panel instrument display. Push the start button, and the gauges glow to life.

Optional Features


In conjunction with the BMW X2 announcement, the company confirmed that it will offer a panoramic glass sunroof for its new SUV, as well as a full-color head-up display, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, and a semi-autonomous parallel parking system called Parking Assistant.

Under the Hood


Every 2019 BMW X2 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine whipping up 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. One or the other is peaking between 1,350 rpm and 6,000 rpm, which is how BMW can claim that the X2 accelerates to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, with a sports 8-speed automatic installed in the X2 M Sport X version, which also gets paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is also standard. In the X2, it powers the front wheels until the rear wheels are necessary. The system monitors a variety of vehicle settings, dynamic parameters, and driver behaviors in order to understand when it should send power to the rear wheels.

Driving Dynamics Control offers a choice between Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport driving modes, and the X2 is equipped with Hill Descent Control to help make the best of its 7.2 inches of ground clearance when you’re traveling off of the road. For maximum handling benefit on pavement, an M Sport suspension with adaptive dampers is an option, and it drops the X2’s ride height by nearly half an inch.

Safety


BMW has confirmed that it will offer a Driving Assistance Package for the new 2019 X2. It installs forward collision warning and pedestrian detection systems, in addition to city-speed automatic braking. Other components of this package include a lane departure warning system, automatic high-beam headlights, and traffic sign recognition technology.

Technology


Equipped with iDrive 6.0, the standard infotainment system is equipped with a 6.5-inch display that is operated by touch, by the traditional iDrive controls on the center console, or by voice commands. A navigation system is an option, and the top setup expands the screen size to 8.8 inches across.

Apple CarPlay is a part of ConnectedDrive Services. Additionally, depending on how the SUV is optioned, X2 owners can take advantage of a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless charging pad, and other app-based functions, including a new Share My Trip Status feature that lets your contacts know how soon you will arrive.

 

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