The newest SUV from BMW has arrived. As you'd expect from the X2's cunning name, the new car slots between the X1 and X3 in the lineup, though it is in fact shorter than the X1 by around 60mm, and it sits nearly 60mm lower while riding on the same wheelbase.

It may not sound like much, but the shorter overhangs and lower stance give the X2 a decidedly leaner, more muscular look to both its siblings. Combined with LED lights front and rear, unique side skirts and a roof spoiler, the X2 manages to distinguish itself among the ever-growing SUV ranks.

Inside, the X2 is typical BMW with a range of leather-effect or full-on leather trim options available. The five-passenger cabin features folding rear seats as standard and offers 1,419 litres of space in the boot – decent, but not boundary setting. The interior design is both elegant and functional with BMW’s black panel technology for the instrument panel and free-standing infotainment screen, giving a clean look to the dash when the X2 is turned off.

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BMW X2 2018
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There are 6.5-inch or 8.8-inch touchscreens available to access the X2’s suite of on-board tech, which can include the latest driver assist systems such as lane departure warning, active braking and parking assist. BMW Connected+ is also part of the X2’s portfolio, with mobile wifi and Apple CarPlay options available. No autonomous systems will be offered just yet.

One of the main engines for the X2's launch is BMW’s 2-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which produces 228bhp and 258lb ft of torque. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission, which connects to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.

BMW says the X2’s chassis is further refined from the X1 to deliver better agility and overall performance while retaining comfortable mannerisms. Three driving modes are available to help make that happen – Comfort, Eco Pro, and Sport – with an optional Dynamic Damper Control adding further adjustability to the suspension settings. The X2 does have features like hill descent for those thinking of venturing off-road, though we suspect most drivers will stick to less daunting terrain.

BMW hasn’t announced pricing yet for the X2, which will go on sale in spring 2018. 

Gallery: 2018 BMW X2