Here’s the F39 BMW X2, finally unveiled in all its glory after a long period of teasers and spyshots. It’s basically a sportier version of the F48 X1, joining the range of even-numbered BMW X coupe-SUVs (or Sport Activity Coupes, as BMW keeps insisting).

Unlike the X4 and X6, which carry very similar styling to their base models, the X3 and X5 respectively, the new X2 shares very little with the X1, at least externally. It has a distinctive character that it can call its own, and BMW describes it as a new standalone model, with only a single mention of the X1 in its 16-page press release.

Two significant features make their debut here: the upturned trapezoidal BMW kidney grille and a new M Sport X trim line. The former turns the brand’s familiar nostrils on its head, widening from top to bottom, while the latter is a unique package that combines design elements from the BMW M and X families.

Building on the usual M Sport exterior package, the range-topping M Sport X trim adds on additional design elements in Frozen Grey – lower front bumper insert mirroring the shape of the kidney grille, wheelarch cladding and side skirt as well as the rear valance. Inside, it gets micro-fibre and Alcantara upholstery with yellow contrast stitching. It’s unique to the X2 – for now at least.

The regular M Sport is still the sportiest looking option in the most traditional sense, with body-coloured wheelarch trim and subtle Dark Shadow (grey) elements on the front bumper, lower side blades and rear diffuser. The base version gets a more SUV-like treatment, with plain black cladding all around. It also rides 10 mm higher, without the lowered M sport suspension.

All models, however, get the BMW roundel placed on the C-pillars, right behind the sharp and elongated Hofmeister kink. This isn’t entirely new, of course, as it harks back to classic BMW coupes such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL, which further underscores the sporting intentions of the X2.

Yet another departure from the norm is the X2’s overall body shape. It doesn’t get a sloping rear end like on the X4 and X6, but makes do with a “stretched, coupe-style roofline with window graphic” instead. Overall, it’s shorter and a full seven centimetres lower than the X1. It’s closer in shape and style to the Mercedes-Benz GLA, which probably isn’t entirely accidental.

Inside, the X1 roots are immediately apparent, with both models sharing the same dashboard architecture. It’s still very much a sporty BMW, however, with a driver-focused centre console and plenty of premium highlights such as contrast stitching and novel material use (Sensatec, micro-fibre and Alcantara). The boot remains spacious at 470 litres.

Under the skin is the familiar BMW UKL platform, with the exact same wheelbase as the X1 (2,670 mm). Three engine options are available at launch – sDrive20i, xDrive20d and xDrive25d – with more variants to be added in 2018, including the three-cylinder sDrive18i.

The X2 sDrive20i uses BMW’s 2.0 litre turbo engine with 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque, sending power to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It gets from 0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds, with a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.5 litres per 100 km.

Diesel variants get BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system as standard at launch, paired with an eight-speed automatic. Both the xDrive20d and xDrive25d variants share the same 2.0 litre turbodiesel unit, tuned to 190 hp/400 Nm (0-100 km/h in 7.7 secs, 4.6 l/100 km) and 231 hp/450 Nm (6.7 secs, 5.1 l/100 km) respectively.

The usual suite of BMW ConnectedDrive and active safety systems are available on the BMW X2. These include smartphone content integration, wireless Apple CarPlay, High Beam Assist, City Braking, Active Cruise Control and Traffic Jam Assistant.


GALLERY: F39 BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport X


GALLERY: F39 BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport

GALLERY: F39 BMW X2 highlights