What it is: A rebodied derivative of the BMW X1, slightly less practical and more sporty-looking. Sort of what the X4 is to the X3, the X6 is to the X5, and blonde Rihanna is to natural Rihanna. It’ll have a low-slung shooting-brake roofline, a windswept shape, and, down the road, there might even be a convertible version.
Why it matters: Unlike the X4 and X6, which share much of their front-end design with their more rectilinear cousins, the X2 will have distinct styling from front to back. The X2 is also important in that it will usher in a new styling language for the BMW brand, one that includes a fresh interpretation of the kidney grille. The X2 will find itself competing in a rapidly growing segment. It’ll likely sell well in China.
Platform: The X2 is built atop BMW’s UKL platform that is shared with the X1, the European-market 2-series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, and the entire Mini lineup. It’s a transverse-engine architecture with all-wheel-drive capability, and we believe every X2 will have all-wheel drive.
Powertrain: Look for BMW’s ubiquitous turbo 2.0-liter four with more than 200 horsepower. Europe will get diesels as well; we won’t.
Competition: Audi Q3, Infiniti QX30, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes-Benz GLA.
What might go wrong: This being a close relative to the comparison-test-winning X1, we don’t foresee there being much risk here.
Estimated arrival and price: The X2 will come in early 2018, priced roughly $2000 above an xDrive-equipped X1, which means a starting price of about $38,000.