New BMW X2
With its youthful approach to design and displaying a combination of rugged BMW X-ness and sporty coupé-ness, BMW like to promote the 2018 BMW X2 as daring and flying in the face of tradition, but maybe it’s BMW itself that has done so with this car – the new BMW X2.
Under the far from complimentary classification as a SAC, this Sports Activity Coupé certainly isn’t a sack of potatoes; but what it is most definitely is all about the drive and all about the look. It comes with 400Nm of torque, so there’s no denying its pulling power, and there’s even a super sporty M Sport X2, the first time that BMW has put the M Sport badge on an X model. And there’s not long to wait now with the BMW X2 launch date expected to be March 2018.
On the outside: BMW X2 exterior
Designed to accentuate every facet of its dynamic styling, the BMW X2 exhibits athletic shoulders and a flowing roofline with the BMW badge proudly mounted on the rear quarter panel. At the front, the typical BMW kidney grille has been redesigned to provide a unique appearance, whilst the bonnet contours enhance the X2’s low and wide appeal. The X2 benefits from excellent aerodynamics with its cD of 0.28 and it shows too. Free-form halogen headlights come as standard, incorporating LED daytime driving lights, but choose the full LED headlights, not just for stand-out appeal at night, but also for their see-and-be-seen attitude; sadly, they’re not available on the SE.
Watch the first official BMW X2 video:
To the rear, the apron is home to a pair of eye-catching, 90mm twin tailpipes. We can’t talk about the exterior of the new X2 without mentioning paint finishes and there are three new ones to choose from: Sunset Orange, Misano Blue and Galvanic Gold. And what would a BMW be without some of the best-looking alloys around? This BMW crossover doesn’t disappoint, with its choice of unique designs.
On the inside: BMW X2 interior
BMW X2 is built for the driver, from its ergonomic driver’s seat and raised driving position, through to its easily accessible and easy-to-operate controls. A head-up display is also available. Now being fitted as standard or offered as an option more and more often, HUDs are an invaluable way to make sure the driver’s eyes can stay firmly on the road, however much technology and information is available. And on the X2, real-time information is available, controlled either by the BMW i-Drive controller, or there’s the option of voice control or touch controls.
There’s a touch of luxury inside too, thanks to the use of leather and high-quality materials throughout the cabin. To enhance the interior even further, ambient lighting comes as an option, allowing the use of Blue, Green, Bronze, Lilac, White or BMW Orange, with additional lighting in the door panels and centre console. There’s 470 litres of luggage space at the back and the rear seating is arranged to allow it to be folded down in three sections to accommodate more luggage or outsize items. As an option, add the two-part panorama sunroof to bring even more light into the X2 – the front section can also be opened, thanks to its slide and tilt function.
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And the whole world: BMW X2 technology
Connectivity is an essential component of any new car these days, and the 2018 BMW X2 delivers with its set of connectivity features under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner, as well as access to the BMW Connected+ app. These connectivity technologies bring on board the X2 features such as being able to use an iPhone or Android smartphone to access loads of useful information, such as final directions to a destination once the X2 is parked up and the ability to share arrival time and current location with other people. These functions can even be accessed via Apple Watch or Android smartwatch and Amazon Echo. And, of course, there’s all the usual entertainment features you would expect, as well as real-time traffic information.
But back where it counts…
Now the most important bit: What can be found under the bonnet? It’s a BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine and has pulling power to spare with maximum torque of 400Nm. Put the right foot down and there’s more than enough acceleration to thrill the coupé enthusiast, whilst the BMW xDrive brings that welded-to-the-road-feel, whatever the weather and whatever the road conditions.
At launch, three engine and transmission options will be available:
- BMW X2 sDrive20i petrol with seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission: 192hp, up to 51.4mpg, CO2 emissions from 126g/km.
- BMW X2 xDrive20d diesel with eight-speed Steptronic transmission: 190hp, up to 61.4mpg, CO2 emissions from 121g/km.
- BMW X2 xDrive25d diesel eight-speed Steptronic transmission: 231hp, up to 55.4mpg, CO2 emissions from 133g/km.
The BMW X2 M Sport and BMW X2 M Sport X
M Sport suspension as standard on the BMW X2 M Sport and the BMW X2 M Sport X means a lower ride height and firmer settings for the springs and dampers. Inside, materials of the finest quality have been chosen by BMW, incorporating a combination of Micro Hexagon fabric and Alcantara Anthracite. Larger displays for the driver and an enhanced instrument cluster add to the interior sporting and digital ambience. And, of course, these models sit on a set of superior M alloys.
The BMW X2 M Sport X adds more dynamic bumper styling and a host of decals, parts and finishes all inspired by rally racing. The generous use of Frozen Grey produces some exceptional contrasts with other body colour features.
Watch out for the new BMW X2 arriving in 2018 and discover if it’s the SAC for you.
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