Following the mid-cycle update of the mechanically identical but more traditionally styled X1 last year, the coupe-like 2021 BMW X2 is coming in the refreshed form. The changes in the upcoming model will correspond to those implemented on the recently updated X1. The model comes with the subtle styling changes and the same should be with the model’s interior. The in-cab modifications should include upgraded software features and induction of the larger display. The engine range should remain the same.
Like every BMW model, the compact, coupe-style inspired SUV delivers a unique mix of the performance and premium comfort and tech features. The model provides sporty handling and quick acceleration. The cabin is treated with the top-notch materials and the X2 gets also modern tech and safety systems.
The compact BMW X2 shares the market niche with the high-value models such as the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, Volvo XC40 and Jaguar E-Pace.
2021 BMW X2: Design
The prototype version of the upcoming refreshed 2021 BMW X2 was spotted on several occasions on the roads and minimal cladding on the test mule suggests subtle styling changes for the new model year.
The refreshed X2 should come with a slightly enlarged kidney grille. The front bumpers seem also to have a slightly tweaked design as well as the headlights.
The profile of the model will continue in the same form. The changes in the model’s rear section will also be minimal. The model should just get the new taillight lighting signatures. The mid-cycle refresh will also bring new color and wheel options.
The BMW X2 shares the front-wheel-drive architecture with the X1 and it comes from the Mini. The X2 is 3.2 inches shorter than the first SUV in the BMW’s range and has a 2.8 inches lower roofline for a more stylish appearance.
The cabin of the X2 shares also the design elements with the BMW X1. Two models have the same dashboard arrangement while the X2 trades some of its utility for a more aggressive appearance. The X2 loses more than 5 cubic feet of cargo volume compared to the traditionally styled X1. The model offers 21.6 cubes behind the second row. The max cargo capacity is slightly over 50 cubic feet.
As for the in-cab changes for the new model year, they should be minimal. The 2021 BMW X2 should gain upgraded software and a slightly larger main display. The new model years should also bring new color and trim patterns.
At the equipment level, the base BMW X2 should offer 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, simulated leather padding, etc. The tech features will include a larger touchscreen, navigation and an array of active safety systems. The model will rely on forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and front and rear parking sensors.
There will be a number of alternative packages with performance, luxury and tech upgrades.
2021 BMW X2: Performance
There are no signs that BMW is preparing some performance upgrades for the new 2021 BMW X2. The model should return with the same turbocharged inline-4 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. The front- and all-wheel drive options will be available.
In 28i models, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine makes 228 hp and torque of 258 lb-ft. The M35i gets a more powerful, turbocharged inline-4 engine good for 301 hp and 331 lb-ft.
The model is also available with the plug-in hybrid setup on the Ols Continent. The xDrive25e model packs a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that powers the front wheels and it has a rear-mounted electric motor motivating the rear wheels. The combined output is 217 hp. The 10-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is under the rear seat. The model can travel 35 miles on electric propulsion.
At EPA testing, the front-wheel-drive X2 earned 24 mpg city, 32 highway and 27 combined. The all-wheel-drive version scored 26 mpg combined. The M35i version is close to those two with 23 mpg city and 30 highways.
2021 BMW X2: Release, Price
BMW hasn’t yet confirmed the on-sale date of the refreshed 2021 BMW X2. The German automaker hasn’t also talked about the price.
A lightly updated X2 should go on sale late in the year with slightly upgraded pricing. The current version starts from $36, 400.