BMW X2: Lower, sportier and more chic

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BMW has finally taken the wraps off the long-awaited X2 SAV. But there is something about it that is rather weird. Read on to find out more.

The F39 BMW X2 is the latest addition to the BMW X-lineup. It now joins the X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6 SUVs. Although BMW calls it an SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) and would very much like it if we all followed their wishes. Back to the star, the new X2 is set to take on the Mercedes Benz GLA with its similar proportions and size.

Not an X1

Before you start harping on how it looks like the X1, it is not the same car. It may have the resemblance of the taller X1, but BMW says otherwise.

Now, back to the car. The X2 comes with three engines on offer at launch. The X2 sDrive 20i comes with a 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder engine and it produces 192bhp and 280Nm of torque, with power being sent to the front wheels via a seven speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).

The xDrive AWD models get a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine, but with two different outputs. The lower powered model gets 190bhp and 400Nm of torque whilst the higher powered engine gets an additional 41bhp and 50Nm more than the lesser model.

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Now onto looks. The X2 comes with an inverted trapezoidal kidney-grille, unique to the X2, as well as the addition of a new M Sport X trim line. Speaking of trim lines, the X2 can be equipped with one of three different trim variations. The X2 Basic, X2 M Sport and the latest X2 M Sport X trim.

Each trim has its own special design to make the car stand out more. The Basic gets you black cladding on the exterior panels and ride height is of a regular SUV. Moving to the M Sport trim, that gets you body coloured wheel arches and hints of Dark Shadow (gray) elements dotted around the exterior along with an M Sport suspension, meaning the car rides 10mm lower than the regular X2.

Then we come to the M Sport X. What that gets you is an additional design elements painted in Frozen Gray whereas on the interior, you get micro-fibre and Alcantara upholstery with yellow contrast stitching.

But what all models will get is the BMW logo located on the C-pillars behind the Hofmeister kink. This is a homage to the original BMW 2000 CS and the CSL 3.0 coupes.

Stepping inside, the X2 is most likely the only area where it shares its parts with the X1. The entire centre stack of the dashboard is the same as that on the X1. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. The design is rather sporty and ergonomic with a driver-focused dashboard and the use of premium materials around the cabin.

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Trunk space is rated at 470 litres. That in comparison, is smaller than the X1 which has a 505 litre boot.

With the X2, BMW also announced three new colours for the car. Galvanic Gold, Sunset Orange and Misano Blue.

BMW mentioned that the X2 will go on sale in the UK in March 2018.

Source: BMW

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