BMW iX2 (Tesla Model Y rival) not expected before 2024 [Update]

BMW Group plans to have 13 BEVs or pure EVs in its lineup by 2023 to achieve what it terms an ‘ICE ban ready’ status, but the range is unlikely to include a BMW iX2, as we discuss in the story.

Design & target audience

BMW Group is extending its ‘Power of Choice’ powertrain strategy, under which it offers four types of powertrains – conventional (gasoline/diesel), plug-in hybrid electric, battery-powered pure electric, and hydrogen fuel-cell electric to more models. As a result, the BMW X2 should go all-electric in the next generation, offering consumers the freedom to drive their favorite Bimmer without exhaust emissions.

With short overhangs, coupe-style roofline, and slim window graphics, the BMW X2 appeals to young and extrovert customers who desire something sportier than the X1. That should be the design recipe for the next-gen X2 as well, including the BMW iX2. It should have a lower drag coefficient (< 0.28 Cd) and get techier with BMW Curved Display comprising a fully digital instrument cluster and a central screen on a curving, one-piece display, BMW iDrive 8 OS, 5G, and more.

BMW X2 PHEV charging
In addition to the all-electric variants, BMW’s entry-level SUV range would include combustion and PHEV variants on the new FAAR-based X1 and X2. Image: BMW

A report from automobilewoche.de said in February 2021 said that there’s no plan to launch an X2 EV in the current model generation, but the story was subsequently pulled down. At the Analyst and Investor Round Table NEXTGen 2020 conference in November 2020, Frank Weber had hinted that the BMW iX2 is not a priority:

In the first half of the decade, we will have iX3, iX, the 5 Series (electric), the 7 Series (electric), X1 (electric) all on very flexible solutions, and then for the second half of the decade, we will have a new flexible cluster architecture (Die Neue Klasse) that will serve as the foundation for our entire product range.

Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW & head of Development division.

Germany’s autobild.de sparked BMW iX2 rumors when it reported in April 2021 that it is one of the company’s secret projects. Its report stated that the BMW iX2 would be an electrified variant of the second-generation X2, which in essence would be a sportier, coupe-styled third-generation BMW X1 due in 2022. The BMW iX1 and BMW iX2, which cater to the entry-level luxury EV segment, are touted to be volume spinners in the company’s expanding EV lineup. Additionally, French publication Largus claimed that the next-gen BMW X2 will arrive in 2024.

Road tests of the third generation 2022 BMW X1 started this year, and prototypes reveal an evolutionary design makeover from the current X1. However, if autobild.de has got its intel right, the kidney grille of the upcoming iX2 could mirror the controversial design of the BMW iX.

Expected specifications

BMW’s plan for the X1-based models, which, apart from the electric iX1 and iX2, will include plug-in hybrid variants riding on the FAAR architecture (Front-wheel drive architecture), designed from the ground up to be compatible with combustion, plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrains.

BMW X2 PHEV side
The current BMW X2 PHEV (pictured) sees an electric range of 35 miles/57 km. The range would increase significantly as BMW targets a 100 km EV range (almost 2x) in future PHEVs. Image: BMW

In Regensburg, Germany, BMW’s plant will start manufacturing the new BMW X1 (codename U11) in 2022. In addition, the company announced that its Leipzig manufacturing facility is gearing up to produce battery modules and high voltage batteries starting this year.

Variants

According to media reports, the entry-level BMW electric cars would be available with front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive variants. The FWD BMW iX2 could feature 180 PS (177 hp), while the AWD iX2 could come with around 250 PS (246 hp). A scoop post from g80.bimmerpost.com forum member ynguldyn says that both iX1 and iX2 will come in eDrive20 and eDrive30 variants, and according to a report from BMW Blog, their outputs would be under 200 horsepower and around 250 horsepower, respectively. Expect the former to be a single-motor FWD and the latter a dual-motor AWD variant.

Range

While range options are speculative, reports say the iX1 and iX2 could see up to 400 km (245 miles) on a charge, and no doubt, these electric BMWs, with the 400-volt architecture, will offer fast charging of at least 100+ kW (the BMW iX sports 200 kW fast charging). The PHEV models would improve immensely as BMW targets a 100 km EV range with its future generation PHEVs.

Neue Klasse BMW iX2

BMW Group is working on the Die ‘Neue Klasse’ platform that integrates next-generation drivetrains and batteries, a new software architecture, and new sustainability methods. EV-focused aerodynamic designs, spacious interiors, localized digital ecosystems, significantly higher usage of recycled resources and renewable energy, lower manufacturing cost, and a new design language are some of the main benefits of Neue Klasse, which would mark the third phase of transformation at BMW Group.

BMW Group says that it will develop new-generation powertrains based on highly scalable modules capable of covering all market segments and Neue Klasse EVs belonging to even high-volume series. The latter indicates that the BMW iX2 will eventually become a part of the Neue Klasse family. The Neue Klasse transition begins in 2025, and an all-new iX2 coming towards the end of the decade or later should be a Neue Klasse model.

EV Strategy & Release Date

BMW Group plans to increase the cumulative sales of its EVs (BEVs) to two million units by the end of 2025. In the next ten years, the company (incl. BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce brands) aims to have ten million battery-powered EVs on the road.

BMW Group EV roadmap 2021
BMW Group plans to completely electrify its SUV range, with larger models like the XM receiving a hybrid powertrain. Image Source: BMW Group Investor Presentation May 2021

With the BMW iX, BMW i4, BMW X1 EV, BMW 7 Series EV, BMW 5 Series EV, and MINI Countryman Electric scheduled to enter production by 2023, BMW Group’s plate is full. The all-electric BMW X2 may go on sale only in 2024 or later. The guidance as per g80.bimmerpost.com is that the current X2 (BMW F39) will remain in production until February 2024. A pure electric variant may not appear until the second generation X2 launches.

BMW Group plans to offer an EV in 90% of today’s market segments by 2023 and increase that number to 100% by 2030. The company has set a target of making EVs half of global sales by 2030.

BMW iX2 FAQs

What is the BMW iX2 release date?

The BMW iX2 won’t arrive in the near- to mid-term future. We don’t expect the launch before 2024.

Which electric cars would be BMW iX2 rivals?

When it eventually arrives, the iX2 will rival the Mercedes EQB, Tesla Model Y, Volvo C40, and the Lexus RZ.

Featured Image Source: Behance/Lukasz Myszynski