On sale: Late 2017 “The new X2 will in­ject in­di­vid­u­al­ity and style into BMW’S SUV range” On sale: Mid 2018

Auto Express - - Win­ter Driv­ing Spe­cial -

BMW will shortly plug the gap be­tween its X1 and X3 with the all-new X2, which is in­tended to in­ject ex­tra style and in­di­vid­u­al­ity into the ex­pand­ing SUV line-up.

It’s heav­ily in­flu­enced by the Con­cept X2 re­vealed at the Paris Mo­tor Show in 2016, sub­tly tun­ing the lines and con­tours of the con­cept into a pro­duc­tion-friendly shape and hav­ing touches such as the swept-back head­lights and badges on the C-pil­lars.

The X2 will sit on the same UKL2 plat­form as the X1. At launch, the range will com­prise two fron­twheel-drive petrols and two all­wheel-drive diesels, with prices start­ing from £33,980. More ver­sions will ap­pear in 2018.

THERE will be no let up in the VW SUV of­fen­sive in 2018 with the re­lease of a Polo-sized cross­over – pre­viewed in our ex­clu­sive im­age – likely to be called the T-cross. The new car will take the fight to the Citroen C3 Air­cross and Nis­san Juke.

It’ll be a sis­ter car for the SEAT Arona, and will make use of the same MQB AO plat­form that un­der­pins the Polo. How­ever, it will stand out from its su­per­mini sib­ling with a longer wheel­base and an ex­te­rior de­sign shad­ow­ing that of the larger T-roc (driven on Page 33). The most ba­sic model will cost around £16,000.

ROOMY Boot is cav­ernous with the rear two seats laid flat, and lower tail­gate makes a handy perch when chang­ing your muddy footwear Mid­dle-row oc­cu­pants get plenty of space to re­lax in, and seats can be low­ered us­ing door-pil­lar switches

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