BMW X2 and new i8 to debut in Detroit

Also on tap are sportier i3 electric hatchback and hybrid X7 SUV concept

Published: December 18, 2017, 10:25 PM
Updated: December 22, 2017, 6:11 PM


BMW has announced its lineup for the upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and it includes two world debuts, a couple crossovers, a concept and some new technology.

BMW X7 iPerformance Concept

Making its world debuts will be the production BMW X2 crossover and the latest i8 coupe.

The X2 is a close reinterpretation of the concept that made its debut at the 2017 NAIAS, with the main changes being bigger headlights and grille, and a larger greenhouse. The appearance is less edgy but not much more so. It gets power from the 228-hp 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder, controlled by an 8-speed automatic. It’s due in dealerships come spring.

BMW i8 Coupe

The hybrid 4-seat i8 has been enhanced with improved power and increased range, and hybrid-specific all-wheel drive, with the internal combustion engine driving the rear wheels and an electric motor driving the front. Power has been increased to 369 hp (up 12 hp), helping improve 0-100 km/h to about 4.5 seconds. The centrally-located lithium-ion battery has increased capacity to 11.6 kWh (from 7.1), improving range to an estimated 870 km and pure electric range of about 30 km. It’s also due in spring 2018.

BMW i3s

The i8’s stablemate also gets some enhancements, adding an “s” version that is sportier and more powerful. The first i3s features a 137-kW electric motor with peak torque of 199 lb-ft, enabling it to accelerate to 100 km/h in about seven seconds.

Also on the stage, the full-sized 6-person plug-in hybrid X7 iPerformance Concept melds BMW’s eDrive technology with a TwinPower turbo engine. A production version is due for unveiling in 2018. And the M5 features the first M-specific all-wheel drive system. It too will begin deliveries in spring 2018.