By SEMA Editors
BMW released the third generation of the X1 in June last year and its next-generation X2, codenamed U10, is expected to follow suit with production of the '24 model slated for November 2023. SEMA News partner sources have captured images of the M35i variant leaving the company's testing facility near Nürburgring, Germany, and shots show the next-generation X2 will follow a completely different formula with a less hatchlike and smaller body, similar to the sportier BMW X4.
As has been the case with the outgoing vehicle, the newcomer will share its front-wheel-drive-based architecture with a host of compact BMW models.
Unlike Mercedes-Benz, which builds separate EV and internal combustion engine (ICE) models with dedicated platforms, BMW prefers a common architecture with many shared design traits. As such, the '24 X2 and the iX2 will both ride on the FAAR scalable platform.
It's expected that the new X2 will borrow the full engine list of the '23 X1, which means ICE versions will again be topped by the X2 M35i, whose 2.0L turbo-four should deliver 300 hp or more. This will fall in the xDrive (AWD) part of the range.
For the electrification, the iX1 will spawn an iX2, with BMW presumingly maintaining the two power levels, namely the single-motor eDrive20 (FWD) and the dual-motor xDrive30 (AWD). The iX2 should become BMW's first all-electric crossover coupe.