Asian version of Evoque rival appears online, previewing what’s to come in Europe
Pictures of the BMW X2 have been leaked online ahead of the car’s official reveal.
Published on Korean site Top Rider, the future rival to the Range Rover Evoque appears longer and wider than the X1, with a shorter rear overhang and high-set bonnet. The tailgate gives the car a more coupé-like silhouette in contrast to that of the X1.
The car’s engine line-up is also highlighted in the leaked article. The engines are listed as 189bhp xDrive20i petrol, 187bhp xDrive20d diesel and 228bhp xDrive25d diesel in South Korea. A three-cylinder sDrive18i and four-cylinder xDrive20i, as well as sDrive18d and xDrive18d diesels, are said to be due in that country next year.
The X2 gets seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmissions for petrol models and eight-speed Steptronic transmissions for diesel versions, according to the article. It is also claimed to come as standard with M Sport suspension.
UK specifications have yet to be revealed.
Based on the same UKL1 platform as the Mini Countryman, we know the X2 will slot between the second-generation X1 and the current X3 in BMW’s line-up when it goes on sale in the second quarter of next year.
Autocar revealed earlier this year that the X2 would get an M-fettled version, but information since has suggested it will adopt the M35i name rather than M40i – as is the trend used by the hot version of the regular 2 Series model.
As such, the X2 M35i is expected to use a turbocharged four-pot motor, as opposed to the M240i’s 3.0-litre straight-six unit, when it arrives later in the X2’s life cycle.