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The BMW X2 has been unveiled as the brand’s sportiest small crossover yet – designed to attract more younger buyers than the other six models already in the X range.

First seen as Concept X2 at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, the newcomer measures up at 4360mm long – 20mm shorter than its X1 sister.

At 1526mm it is also more than 70mm lower. Much of this is removed from the depth of the windows, giving the car a sportier look which is emphasised by a new-design version of BMW’s signature kidney grille – wider at the base than at the top, it adds to the car’s planted look.

The X2 does match its X1 sister in the 2670mm wheelbase – the two cars share the same platform used under the 2 Series Active Tourer and are being built alongside each other at Regensburg in Germany. With a short bonnet and rear overhang, the X2 promises plenty of interior space, including a 470-litre boot.

Initially, the X2 will be sold in a single version – the xDrive 20d. This is powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine of 190hp and 400Nm of torque, put through an all-wheel-drive transmission. A degree of off-road ability is added by this transmission with hill-descent control fitted as standard.

The 20d offers 7.7-second 0-62mph time while returning combined cycle fuel economy of 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 121g/km.

Three more variants will follow in 2018, all also 2-litre turbocharged models. The 20i petrol model will be on sale in front-wheel-drive form only, while there will be 18D diesel versions in both two and all-wheel drive formats.

BMW will offer four trim levels for its new SUV, in the familiar SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X grades. SE models sit on 17-inch wheels, all others on 19-inch wheels with 20-inch variants offered as options, while LED headlamps are standard on all bar the entry-level SE. all versions also get a 6.5-inch Touch Control Display with navigation system as standard, while the options list includes such niceties as a head-up display.

Dealers open order books for the car in mid-November, with the X2 xDrive 20D SE costing from £33,980.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.