Ahead of the local launch of the new BMW X2 in Italy, BMW Italy has revealed the X2 Rebel Edition, a limited-edition model where just five examples will be offered.

The Rebel Edition is based on the xDrive25d variant set to go on sale there, which is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel 231 hp and 450 Nm of torque. All five units will come with the M Sport X kit and Galvanic Gold exterior body colour, but each will have their own unique identities.

This comes courtesy of renowned artist Pietro Sedda, who was asked to create unique designs for the cars. The result is each X2 Rebel Edition will feature a unique work of art on the C-pillar and inside the cabin, on the centre armrest.

Given the rebellious persona BMW are aiming for with the new X2, these “tattoed” cars represent the opposition and rise against five behaviors that become “chains” in modern everyday life –ephemeral status, artificial trends, the “Like” trend, fake news and time wasting.

To make the “tattoos” stand out even more, a special thermochromic paint is used, which is completely invisible if the temperature is either under 12 degrees Celsius or above 18 degrees Celsius. The perfect temperature to check out the tattoos is said to be 15 degrees Celsius. The X2 Rebel Edition will be available exclusively online and priced at 60,000 euros (RM291,119).

Closer to home, order books for the X2 are now open in Malaysia, with a sole sDrive20i M Sport variant being offered at an estimated RM320,000. We’ve already had a go in the sporty SUV while in Portugal, and you can check out our review and first drive video as well.