BMW took the covers off of its smallest-ever crossover SUV late October, the X2, a distinctly styled compact with all-wheel-drive and a spring 2018 launch date.

The X2 is powered by an “athletic” TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder making 228 horsepower and good for a zero-to-100-km/h pull of 6.5 seconds.

Its 258 lb-ft of torque is routed through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels after an intelligent AWD system determines how much should go where.

All that grunt doesn’t have a whole lot of weight to heave around: the X2 boasts coupe-like proportions and some really small numbers when it comes to dimensions. It’s actually 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower than the BMW X1, though wheelbase is the same, so passengers don’t lose too much space.

The X2’s design sports some new-to-the-brand cues, like a kidney-bean grille with openings that are wider at the bottom than the top, for the first time; and a BMW roundel on the C-pillars behind the Hofmeister kink, a retro touch evocative of the brand’s old coupes.

For drivers looking for performance, the crossover will come in a BMW X2 M Sport X variant with lowered suspension and other upgrades; options on both cars include 20-inch wheels, a size up from the standard 19-inch rims.

Pricing for the new X2 will be announced closer to its release date in Canada early next year.

(BMW)