New facelifted BMW X2 SUV set to arrive in 2021

The facelifted BMW X2 has been spied testing, with the updated Mercedes GLA rival set to arrive in 2021

A mid-life refresh of the BMW X2 SUV is on its way to compete with the latest version of the Mercedes GLA.

The test car in these spy shots shows the new model wearing only minimal disguise. Cladding around the grille suggests that changes will be made there; following in the trend of other recent BMWs, expect the iconic kidney grilles to swell in size compared to the revised version.

The current X2 sports a set of round spotlights below the main headlamp units. However on this test car they appear as stickers only, suggesting that, as with the refreshed X1 introduced in 2019, they will be removed altogether for the updated model. Subtle cladding around the main lights suggest new graphics at the very least, but those round lamps could be accommodated within the main units next time around.

Along the sides and around the back, very little has changed. This current test car wears the same light clusters as the existing model, though like the X1, it’s likely that new lighting signatures will feature, as will new colour and wheel options.

Little changed inside for the X1’s facelift last year, so given the X2 shares a dashboard and infotainment setup with its slightly bigger brother, we won’t be expecting a revolution here: colour and trim tweaks are likely to be the most extensive alterations. 

Before the updated X2 makes an appearance, a plug-in hybrid powertrain is set to join the range. This is shared with both the X1 and the MINI Countryman: a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine is mated to an electric motor, which should be enough for a 0-62mph time of around seven seconds and some 30 miles of range in pure EV mode.

While an exact release date is still to be confirmed for the revised BMW X2 (and the PHEV version still to join the range), a 2021 debut looks likely.

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