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New BMW X2 and electric iX2 confirmed, to be revealed before end of 2023


Small coupe-SUV to be revealed this year ahead of an overseas release towards the end of 2023, with all-electric iX2 model also confirmed as part of range

The second-generation BMW X2 coupe-SUV, and its all-electric iX2 equivalent, will be revealed before the end of 2023, the company’s chief executive officer Oliver Zipse announced this evening.

Joining their platform-sharing siblings, the fourth-generation X1 and iX1, the more athletically-styled X2 and iX2 will complete BMW’s small SUV lineup when they are released globally, and in Australia, in 2024.

“I can officially confirm the new BMW X2 and the all-electric iX2,” Zipse said.

BMW iX1 2023 front 3/4 static
The new BMW X2 will share its front-end styling with the X1 and iX1 (pictured)

“This is already BMW’s second-best [selling] offering in the high-volume compact class, and like theiX1, we will build the iX2 in Germany…it will be launched towards the end of this year.”

The new X2 should be revealed early in the second half of 2023 with similar front-end styling to the new X1, which launched in Australia earlier in the year – but it will differ from the B-pillar backward.

Like the outgoing version, the new combustion X2 and electric iX2 will feature a more rakish roofline designed, like the larger X4 and X6, to evoke the shape of one of BMW’s coupe models.

The outgoing BMW X2

The X2 generally competes with the Mercedes-Benz GLA (and EQA) and Audi Q2, though neither are historically as dramatically-styled as the BMW.

Inside, styling will be similar, based around twin widescreen displays and incorporating BMW’s latest software package – plus the brand’s controversial store that sells a number of subscription-based features, such as heated seats or a drive-recorder camera function.

Under the skin, though, the X2 and iX2 will share their basic specifications with the X1 and iX1. That means a range of petrol and electric powertrains will be spawned.

BMW iX1 2023 rear 3/4 static
Like the X1 and iX1 (pictured), the new X2 range will include petrol and fully-electric versions

Cues can be taken from the existing X1 lineup, which includes an X1 sDrive18i model with 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 115kW of power and front-wheel drive, and an X1 xDrive20i AWD model (reviewed here) with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder making 150kW.

On the electric side, only a dual-motor AWD model called the iX1 xDrive30 has been launched for the X1 so far, making 230kW of power. 

However, a more affordable and longer-range single-motor EV is expected to be released later with marginally less power and torque.

These powertrains are all likely to make their way across to the X2 line when it is launched.