The current generation of the subcompact coupe crossover has been around for about three years and big changes are on the way. Given the company’s usual production cycle, this facelift will come a little bit earlier than usual. We are about to see a couple of styling tweaks but that won’t be the key novelty for the 2021 BMW X2. We are about to see a plug-in hybrid version in the offer for the first time. The new model will use the same system as the X1 hybrid. As you may presume, this version will also come with the xDrive25e badge.
Other than these updates, the 2021 BMW X2 will carry on in the same way. You may count on a familiar design, which has been introduced three years ago. Of course, there is always a chance to see novelties in terms of standard equipment, but we presume that most of the things are about to remain the same.
2021 BMW X2 xDrive25e
Without any doubt, the 2021 BMW X2 xDrive25e will be the biggest novelty for the next year. This is a plug-in hybrid version of the crossover, which comes with a system that is based on a familiar 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. This unit is good for about 125 horsepower and it will come in pair with a powerful electric motor, good for about 85 horsepower. The total output will go around 220 horsepower and 283 pound-feet of torque.
What you get is a standard AWD system, where the gasoline engine sends its power to front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. On the other side, the electric motor is mounted on the rear axle. Along with the electric motor, this version comes with a 10-kWh battery pack with a max all-electric range around 35 miles. Still, keep in mind that these are European cycle ratings. In reality, numbers will probably be notably lower.
2021 BMW X2 Engines
Other than the new PHEV model, the engine lineup will remain the same for the 2021 BMW X2. In North America, this means two versions of a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four. The familiar engine comes with around 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is a quite typical number for the class. Driving dynamics are very good, while we also like the 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty good job in a combination with this engine.
The same engine is installed in the M-badged version. However, it comes with notably increased output, which goes all-away up 301 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you may count on pretty respectable performances, including 0-60 time in less than five seconds.
In other parts of the world, you can also get a version with a smaller three-cylinder turbo engine, as well as with one of several diesel units in the offer.
2021 BMW X2 Facelift
We’ve already mentioned the facelift, which will be a part of this update. The testing model has already been spotted on the road but, unfortunately, it still wears a camouflage. So, we can’t go into details in terms of visual changes. Still, we definitely don’t expect to see anything significant. The Bavarian carmaker has never been generous with mid-cycle updates, so the 2021 BMW X2 shouldn’t be any different either.
Of course, BMW designers will put the focus on the front end, where we expect to see some revisions at the front. This particularly refers to parts like front fascia, bumpers and similar things. New color options and wheels designs are also expected. On the other side, the overall design will certainly remain the same. The 2021 BMW X2 will carry on with its recognizable coupe-like layout.
On the other side, interior design definitely won’t change. We count on the same cabin layout, which is designed in a typical BMW manner, with simple but elegant design solutions, with a couple of sporty touches. Despite the relatively minimalistic approach, the dashboard looks quite opulent, thanks to loads of tech goodies. More importantly, materials and final touches are really on a high level.
The X2 shares a lot with the more conventional X1 model, and this includes things like wheelbase as well. Therefore, it’s no wonder that this model also offers plenty of passenger space, despite the coupe layout. Both rows are very generous in terms of legroom, though the second row feels a little bit tighter in terms of headroom. The cargo area is also pretty generous, despite the sloping roof design. You may count on pretty decent 21.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 50 cubic feet of the overall cargo volume.
2021 BMW X2 Release Date and Price
Most likely, the 2021 BMW X2 will be ready by the end of summer, though we are still waiting for the exact date. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 37.000 dollars. Key rivals are models like Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 etc.