BMW has confirmed that the brand new X2 SUV will make its public and motor present debut on the North American Worldwide Auto Present in Detroit in January, alongside the brand new i8 Roadster and the i3s – the agency’s tackle an all-electric scorching hatch.
The X2 is the most recent mannequin to hitch BMW’s bourgeoning SUV line, sitting in between the X1 and X3 as a extra model pushed addition to the line-up. Below the pores and skin it shares many parts and mechanicals with the smaller X1, but additionally with the most recent MINI Countryman, making use of the identical UKL2 platform. Meaning an engine line-up consisting of four-cylinder choices solely, but additionally opens up the opportunity of plug-in hybrid powertrains additional down the road.
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The newcomer sticks admirably near the appears of the Idea X2 seen at 2016’s Paris Motor Present. It has the identical wheelbase because the X1, however shorter overhangs for a dynamic look. Maybe extra considerably, its roofline is a full 70mm decrease, making the X2 extra of a hatchback than a coupé-SUV. The 470-litre boot is 35 litres smaller than the X1’s.
Different idea automobile touches to make manufacturing embody the swept-back lights, the rising window line (incorporating BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink), the ultra-slim hatchback glass and even the BMW badge inset into the C-pillar. Fundamental SE fashions get 17-inch wheels, however dearer trim ranges will probably be out there with 20-inch rims.
Regardless of the platform’s functionality, there’s no signal of electrification within the X2 launch line-up. Its vary will comprise the two-wheel-drive, petrol-engined sDrive20i, and a pair of four-wheel-drive diesels, badged xDrive20d and xDrive25d. The sDrive20i has 228bhp and 450Nm, and is offered solely with a seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch auto transmission. It covers Zero-62mph in 6.7 seconds, and emits between 126 and 134g/km of CO2 relying on wheel measurement.
The diesels are each geared up with an eight-speed auto field. The xDrive20d has 188bhp and 400Nm, however emits between 121 and 126g/km of CO2, whereas the xDrive25d produces 228bhp and 450Nm, and emits between 133 and 139g/km.
BMW has already confirmed that additional engines will be a part of the line-up in early 2018 – two extra petrols, and a pair of diesels. The entry-level 138bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol sDrive18i’ll be a part of the four-wheel-drive xDrive20i, which has 189bhp. The diesels would be the 148bhp sDrive18d and xDrive18d; the front-drive version of that variant would be the most effective X2, with CO2 emissions as little as 119g/km.
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The automobile will probably be supplied in SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X specs; the latter command a £three,550 and £four,350 premium over SE fashions respectively. SE options sat-nav, dual-zone local weather management and an influence tailgate, whereas Sport has sports activities seats and LED lights. M Sport variants get bigger wheels and body-coloured aspect skirts, and M Sport X variations change a few of the design particulars to gray, for a extra off-road-biased look. Confusingly, M Sport and M Sport X fashions are 10mm decrease than common X2s.
Inside, the X2 will get acquainted BMW cues, together with iDrive and a 6.5-inch infotainment show that’s customary throughout the vary, however which may be upgraded to a equally sized Contact Management set-up, or an Eight.Eight-inch display screen with the identical options. A head-up show can even be supplied, as an choice, together with WiFi hotspot preparation. Apple CarPlay can even be an additional, nonetheless, and Android Auto received’t be out there.
The X2 is due on sale right here in mid-November, priced from £33,980 for the 20d SE. However full costs haven’t been revealed, and first UK deliveries aren’t anticipated till March.
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