To some extent, the current BMW X2 looks like a sibling to a different mother in the Bavarian company’s lineup. Munich’s smallest crossover will soon receive a new generation, however, and the first spy photos of the pre-production prototype have already shown a major shift in design language. Not only that, the new X2 will grow a bit in terms of dimensions and will receive a side profile reminiscent of the bigger X4.
After the first spy shots, our friends and colleagues at motor.es has come up with an exclusive rendering that previews the new X2’s final design. Sure – it’s too early to predict all the small details, but at least we can see the whole picture. And from what we’ve seen so far, the small crossover will finally get a more mature design that is more in line with the rest of BMW’s lineup.
A bigger grille, a more aggressive bumper and headlights with dual C-shaped LED daytime running lights – this is a brief description of what is hidden under the prototype spy camouflage. The front fender looks more muscular and could probably fit bigger wheels than before. Wider side skirts and a higher belt line create a sturdier visual design, more akin to the look of the larger X4 and X6. For the record, the new X4 can be canceled after the current generation.
As far as we know, the X2 will be based on the FAAR platform. This is likely the last generation of the small crossover-coupe that will receive a variety of combustion engines and will likely include BMW’s factory three and four-cylinder gasoline and turbo diesel, albeit in electrified form. A hotter M35i trim is also on the cards – our spy photographer caught testing a prototype at the Nurburgring – with a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit producing around 300 horsepower (220 kilowatts).
While these renderings depict the next-gen X2 in fairly final form, we didn’t expect the actual debut to happen this year. Our sources tell us that the model will not arrive before the third quarter of next year, meaning it will enter the US market as a 2024 model.