BMW Group plans to have 13 BEVs or pure EVs on the road by 2023 to achieve what it terms an ‘ICE ban ready’ status, but the lineup is unlikely to include a BMW iX2.
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 graphic, the BMW X2 is designed to appeal to young and extrovert customers who desire an SUV sportier than the X1. That should stay as the design recipe for the next-gen model 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.
A report from automobilewoche.de had first reported that there’s no plan to launch an X2 electric in the current model generation. Largus claims that the next-gen BMW X2 will arrive in 2024, which indicates that a BMW iX2 electric is about 4 years away. 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.
The BMW iX2 rumors were sparked when Germany’s AutoBild.de reported last month that it is one of the company’s secret projects. It was 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.
Road tests of the third generation 2022 BMW X1 have started, and prototypes reveal an evolutionary design makeover from the current X1. However, if AutoBild’s report is to be believed, the kidney grille of the upcoming iX2 is expected to mirror the controversial design of the BMW iX.
BMW’s plan for the X1-based models, which, apart from the electric iX1 and iX2, include plug-in hybrid variants of the X1 and X2 rides 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’s plant in Regensburg, Germany, 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.
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). While range options are still 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 recently unveiled BMW iX sports 200 kW fast charging). The range of the PHEV models would improve immensely as BMW is targeting a 100 km EV range with its future generation PHEVs.
BMW Group EV Roadmap
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.
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 looks full for now. The all-electric BMW X2 may go on sale only in 2024 or later.
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 account for 50% of global sales by 2030. From 2025, the German automaker should kick off the third phase of its electrification strategy, beginning with Die Neue Klasse platform-based “electric first” models that are highly digital, more efficient, cost less to produce, and manufactured more sustainably.