BMW X2 hybrid: prices, specification and on-sale date
BMW has announced that the new X2 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid will be priced from £37,885, with sales starting in July 2020. The new car should be the last addition to the current-generation X2 range ahead of an expected mid-life refresh for the model in mid-2021.
Power comes from a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor which together produce 217bhp, 365Nm of torque and a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds.
All plug-in hybrid X2 models get four-wheel drive as standard, with the electric motor dedicated purely to the rear wheels. A 10kWh battery under the boot floor (taking up 60 litres of load space) allows for a claimed 35-mile all-electric range. Top speed is just over 121mph, or just under 84mph on electric power alone.
BMW claims a full charge will take around five hours from a domestic supply, or three hours from a 7.4kW wallbox; a charge to 80% will take 2.4 hours from this more powerful supply. BMW will offer its own i Wallbox to customers as an optional extra.
Standard equipment over and above non-hybrid X2s includes acoustic pedestrian protection warning in electric mode, 17-inch alloy wheels and remote access to the car’s climate control through the BMW Connected phone app. The car’s electrical information is displayed on a dedicated section of the infotainment system.
Claimed CO2 emissions and economy figures are good, helped along by the car’s electrification and 10mm-lower ride height for aerodynamics; BMW claims 43g/km of CO2 and around 148mpg.
Full UK specifications aren't available yet, but BMW says the plug-in X2 will be available in Advantage, Advantage Plus, M Sport and M Sport X trim. It’s not likely that all of these will be offered in the UK.
The X2 gives BMW another rival to compact premium plug-in SUVs like the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 and DS 7 Crossback E-Tense, and along with the X1 joins the 225xe, 330e, X3 xDrive30e, 530e, X5 xDrive45e, and 745e in the manufacturer's plug-in hybrid line-up.
A BMW spokesperson has confirmed that the hybrid X2 will be followed by an update for the entire range at a later date. From these latest spy pictures (above), we can see the new car is likely to feature a set of updated LED head and tail-lights, as well as subtly sculpted bumpers. The car’s grille is covered in cladding, but it doesn’t look like this will differ all that much.
We can expect a handful of new colour and trim choices and a few more changes to the leather and upholstery inside the cabin. It’s likely the X2 will get a lightly tweaked infotainment system, as well as the option of the latest BMW 330e’s fully digital dials.