Meet the new generation X2, BMW’s genre-bending coupe SUV gains a muscular design plus all-electric power in the iX2. Posing as a shrunken X4, the front end also has the sharper styling theme taken from the new 5-Series. Compared to its petite predecessor, the new X2 has grown in every direction and is 194mm longer, 21mm wider and standing much taller with an increase of 64mm in its height.
Crucially that translates to an increase in wheelbase, resulting in more luggage space, while we expect the new X2 to convincingly pass off as a bonafide five-seater.
We must talk about the styling first though as it bears no resemblance to the earlier X2 with a healthy dose of aggression. A coupe-like roofline, slimmer lights and a huge hexagonal kidney grille dominate the proceedings here while the hotter X2 M35i gets more M-specific detailing. That said, if you’re eyeing the other X2 models, BMW also has an optional M Sport package.
Also on the options list is the M Sport package Pro, which brings in M High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, M lights Shadowline, an M rear spoiler and an M Sport braking system with red-painted callipers etc.
Plenty of options await you in terms of colours with the new X2 coming in two solid and eleven metallic paint shades along with two frozen shades.
Performance seekers will gravitate towards the spicier X2 M35i xDrive with its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine which develops nearly 300bhp but the iX2 xDrive30 EV grabs the headlines here with being more powerful at 313hp and 494Nm. The dual motor layout iX2 has a large battery pack at 64.8 kWh which translates to a range of 417 – 449 kilometres in the WLTP cycle.
The iX2 isn’t the fastest X2 though as the petrol X2 M35i still wins although the gap isn’t large with the X2 M35i dispatching 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds while its electric counterpart does it in 5.6 seconds. Other powertrain options are also there with a 1.5-litre petrol paired to a mild hybrid system along with a four-cylinder diesel engine.
Inside, it follows the new BMW design language of a curved display while quality has taken a visible jump forward along with the latest technologies being added of course including the latest OS 9. Standard equipment also includes an ‘interaction airbag’ between the driver and passenger seat, two-zone climate control, LED lighting and more.
BMW Australia has confirmed that the X2 in its new generation will arrive on our shores by Q1 2024 with the line-up also including the iX2 xDrive30 electric version. Having grown up, the new X2 will now find more takers and straddles a fine line between being a sensible SUV and a typical sporting BMW.
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