BMW X2 hybrid confirmed for summer 2020

Compact coupe-styled model is the latest BMW SUV to get the plug-in hybrid treatment

BMW X2

The BMW X2 is set to become the latest member of the German brand's line-up to offer a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The manufacturer has confirmed that an X2 xDrive25e – using the same powertrain as the X1 plug-in hybrid – will be launched this summer.

Exact UK specifications and pricing for the X2 hybrid will be announced in the coming months, but are unlikely to differ significantly from those of the X1, which will start at £38,200.

The xDrive25e drivetrain pairs a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor; a set-up that's also used in the MINI Countryman and BMW 225xe hybrids.

BMW says the X2 hybrid will have the same potential electric range as the X1 (around 33-35 miles), similar CO2 emissions of 43-48g/km and similar potential fuel consumption of 135 to 149mpg.

The engine and motor working together make a maximum of 217bhp, with the X2 shaving a tenth off the X1 hybrid's 6.9-second 0-62mph time. Top speed for the X2 is 121mph – 1mph more than the X1.

The X2 hybrid will boast the same selection of driving modes as its X1 sibling, including ‘Auto eDrive’, ‘Max eDrive’ and ‘Save Battery’, allowing drivers to decide when to run on electric power and when to let the car work out the most efficient mix.

BMW X2 hybrid

Charging the battery to 80% capacity takes less than four hours from a domestic socket, or two-and-a-half hours from a BMW i wallbox charger.

Still to be confirmed for the X2 are its exact price and trim-level availability in the UK, along with its boot volume and towing capacities. The X1 hybrid can carry slightly less luggage than its non-hybrid equivalents and is rated to tow a 750kg trailer, with a tow hitch available as an optional extra.

The X2 gives BMW another rival to compact premium plug-in SUVs like the Volvo XC40 T5 and DS 7 Crossback E-Tense, and along with the X1 joins the X3, X5, 225xe330e, 530e and 745e in the manufacturer's plug-in hybrid line-up.