We’ve seen the concept, we’ve seen it in full cameo; finally we have BMW’s latest SUV in its full glory, the BMW X2. Targeted at “young and young-at-heart” demographics, the X2 prides itself with exciting looks and uncharted levels of driving pleasure.

Compared to the X1 which it was based on, the two share the same wheelbase of 2,670 mm but the X2 gets a leaner profile overall – 4,360 mm in length, 1,824 mm in width and 1,526 mm in height. While the X2 sits between the X1 and X3, it is also the entry model to BMWs Sports Activity Coupe (SAC).

Much like the Concept X2, the production car gets a very muscular stance and unique design that separates itself from the other models. BMW has gone all out to create a design that emphasises the X2’s as a standalone model and it really shows. New design cues debuted on the X2 include the flipped kidney grille – now slimmer from top and wider at bottom, BMW logo on the C-pillars – reminiscence of legendary BMW models such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL and extremely slim window graphics – which gives an illusion of a coupe design without an overly tilted rear roofline.

The X2 is available in three different trims; Basic, M Sport and M Sport X. Each dressed in different bumper designs, trim finishes and equipment levels. Regardless of trim levels, the X2 will come with LED taillamps and twin tailpipes. M Sport and M Sport X variants gets the option for M-Specific aesthetics as well as M Suspension which lowers the car by 10 mm.

Inside, the X2 is standard issue BMW. Choices of upholstery ranges from Micro Hexagon Fabric with Alcantara combination to Dakota Leather with contrast stitching. BMW’s latest 8.8-inch iDrive infotainment system, full-colour Heads-Up Display and panoramic sunroof are among the plethora of options available. Boot space is rated at 470 litres as compared to the 505 litres on the X1.

At launch the X2 is available with three engine choices: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol with 192 hp/280 Nm and two 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel each putting out 190 hp/400 Nm and 231 hp/450 Nm. All three powerplants are paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The sDrive20i petrol gets drive sent to the front-wheels while the diesel models are equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive.

BMW will introduce more variants to the line up including a three-cylinder sDrive18i, four-cylinder xDrive20i, sDrive18d and xDrive18d. All engine choices are available with a seven-speed dual-clutch box and promises ultimate driving pleasure the brand is renowned for.

BMWs latest drive assistance systems available with the X2 includes Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assistant, Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function and Traffic Jam Assistant.

Market debut of the all-new BMW X2 will only happen in March 2018 starting with Europe. Locally, BMW Malaysia has the X4 and X6 on sale. No harm in completing the full SAC range with the X2 yes?


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BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport X

BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport


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