BMW X2 – Exciting looks, sparkling dynamics

Hello, Bob Aldons, ‘The Car Guy’ with words of wisdom from Bavarian Motor Works. The German automaker, BMW continues to release new models to ‘fill’ in the gaps of their model line-up. There’s no doubt that X2 does that joining X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6 in the BMW SUV range. And of course, there are variations of some of these – X6 M50D, X5 M50D and X5 iPerformance along with X5 M. I’ve got to wonder whether there will ever be an X.5 but more seriously, X7 will add to the range and out-compete the Audi Q7 wouldn’t it?

So, here’s the press release from BMW announcing the X2’s arrival in Australia in March 2018

BMW X2

Style in keeping with the BMW X Series

The attractive, exciting, extrovert new BMW X2 will celebrate its market premiere in March 2018. With a design oozing individuality from every pore and a sporty suspension set-up, the BMW X2 pushes back boundaries, puts a firework under old habits and brings previously uncharted levels of driving pleasure to this vehicle segment.

In so doing, the BMW X2 appeals primarily to a young and young-at-heart target group. These customers live in urban areas, lead active lives and are fully connected to the digital world.

The design: a distinctive character.

 

 

The BMW X2 cuts a sublime figure from any angle. Its stance on the road recalls a finely-tuned athlete – and fuses the rugged profile typical of a BMW X model with the sporting grace of a coupe. Signature details include wheel arches with a squared-off look, striking exhaust tailpipes and accentuated side skirts, not to mention an elegant roofline, slick lines, and slim window graphic.

Never does the BMW X2 betray its own unique character; this is a standalone model to its core, one which stands out positively from the crowd. Plus, M Sport and M Sport X models are available for the first time and allow owners to make the character of their BMW X2 even more individual.

Two design features, in particular, catch the eye. The X2 turns BMW’s familiar trapezoidal kidney grille form on its head, and it now broadens as it heads south; this is the first time a modern BMW has gone about things this way.

And the additional BMW roundel on the C-pillars references a much-loved detail of classical BMW coupes, such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL, highlighting the sporting DNA of the BMW X2.

Dynamics brimming with power and efficiency.

TwinTurbo engines transfer these genes to the road in suitably dynamic style. Three variants are available from launch; the BMW X2 xDrive20i petrol model with 141 kW / 192 hp (fuel consumption combined: 5.9 – 5.5 l/100 km [47.9 – 51.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 134 – 126 g/km)*, plus the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant with 140 kW / 190 hp (fuel consumption combined: 4.8 – 4.6 l/100 km [58.9 – 61.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 126 – 121 g/km)* and X2 xDrive25d diesel with 170 kW / 231 hp (fuel consumption combined: 5.3 – 5.1 l/100 km [53.3 – 55.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 139 – 133 133 g/km)*.

Both diesel cars come as standard with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while the petrol model is fitted with the sporty seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission. All combinations make an urban adventure out of every journey.

BMW X2Further attractive models will be added to the Sports Activity Coupe line-up in early 2018 – in the shape of the three-cylinder X2 sDrive18i and the four- cylinder X2 xDrive20i, X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d. The outputs of the petrol models range from 103 kW / 140 hp in the X2 sDrive18i (with manual gearbox, fuel consumption combined: 6.3 – 6.0 l/100 km [44.8 – 47.1 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 144 – 138 g/km**; with seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission, fuel consumption combined: 6.2 – 5.9 l/100 km [45.6 – 47.9 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 141 – 135 g/km**) up to 141 kW/192 hp in the X2 xDrive20i (fuel consumption combined: 6.2 – 6.1 l/100 km [45.6 – 46.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 142 – 138 g/km**). The diesel X2 sDrive18d (with manual gearbox, fuel consumption combined: 4.6 – 4.5 l/100 km [61.4 – 62.8 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 121 – 119 g/km**; with eight-speed Steptronic transmission, fuel consumption combined: 4.7 – 4.5 l/100 km [60.1 – 62.8 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 124 – 118 g/km**) and X2 xDrive18d (fuel consumption combined: 5.2 – 4.8 l/100 km [54.3 – 58.9 mpg imp], CO2 emissions combined: 137 – 128 g/km**) have 110 kW / 150 hp.

The sporty suspension of the BMW X2 transfers the fine agility and dynamics of the BMW drivetrain to the road. The M Sport und M Sport X models come as standard with M Sport suspension with firmer spring and damper settings and a lowered ride height. This feature is available as an option on the basic BMW X2. The optional Dynamic Damper Control (incl. a 10 mm drop in ride height) allows the suspension settings to be tailored even more closely to individual tastes or requirements.

Equipment: modern style.

Drivers can expect to find top quality included as standard. The interior of the M Sport and M Sport X models is trimmed in an enticing Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination with contrast stitching for the instrument panel and centre console. And the instrument cluster and large displays bring added flourishes to the interior and act as visual pointers to BMW’s digital expertise.

Which brings us to features such as BMW Connected and BMW ConnectedDrive Services, which are both available as an option for the BMW X2. Joining them on the options list is the full-color BMW Head-Up Display.

The BMW X2 also offers customers cutting-edge technologies when it comes to driver assistance systems. For example, the Traffic Jam Assistant eases the driver’s workload in tedious stop/start traffic on congested motorways.

BMW X2

Interior of this X2 is all class

This system is part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus, which comprises a series of camera-based driver assistance systems. The optional Parking Assistant is likewise designed to make life easier for the BMW X2 driver, automatically identifying suitable parking spaces and, if desired, maneuvering the car automatically into parallel bays.

The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different size of the selected wheels and tires. The values of the vehicles labelled with (**) are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here (depending on national legislation).

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all dealerships and at https://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.

** Fuel consumption figures are provisional, based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.

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