The first X2 to receive the M Performance treatment, the 35i differs aesthetically from lesser models by virtue of receiving the M Sport pack, consisting of a bespoke bodykit, full HD LED headlights, a M rear spoiler, standard 19-inch M Sport light alloy wheels with 20-inches being optional, dual M Sport exhausts, M Sport mirror caps as well as a new Cerium Grey paint finish that extends to the grille, wheels and mirrors.
Inside, the 35i’s addition of the otherwise optional M Sport interior consist of an M Sport leather steering wheel, optional M Sport seats in a choice of three finishes; perforated Dakota Magma Red with black accents; fabric trigon and Alcantra with blue and black detailing and perforated Dakata black leather, M35i badged door sills and M Sport seatbelts.
Aside from its exterior and interior tweaks, BMW has also been busy underneath the skin by equipping the 35i with the M Sport adaptive suspension, M Sport Differential, sharpened steering, stiffer springs and dampers, a new rear axle and M Sport brakes identified by the dark blue 18-inch steel calipers at the front and 17-inch units at the rear.
Likely to preview the forthcoming M130i X Performance, power for the 35i comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine tuned to produce 225kW/450Nm. Teamed with the sports optimised eight-speed Steptronic gearbox and xDrive all-wheel drive, the 35i will complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds and top out at 250km/h.
As with the standard X2, production of the 35i will take place at the automaker’s Regensburg Plant in Germany, with sales in North America commencing in November and in March next year for the Europe. BMW South Africa has meanwhile confirmed that the 35i will become available from the first quarter of 2019.
X5 xDrive45e iPerformance
Effectively a replacement for the previous X5 xDrive40e, the new 45e mainly differs from the regular X5 up front, in the form of a switch to six-cylinders. Replacing its predecessors’ 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol, the 45e combines the 210kW 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-petrol with an 82kW electric motor for a total system output of 290kW/600Nm.
Hooked to the same eight-speed Steptronic ‘box as the non-hybrid X5s, the 45e has a claimed all-electric range of 80km and will go from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds, and reach a limited top speed of 235km/h. Based on the new WLTP emissions regulations, combined fuel consumption is rated at 2.1-litres/100km with emissions at 49g/km.
Despite the fitment of the electric motor and a two-axle air suspension setup with electronically controlled dampers and optional integral active steering, BMW claims that total boot capacity has only gone down by 150-litres to a total of 500-litres. With the second and third rows down, space swells to 1 716-litres.
Unlike the aforementioned X2, BMW South Africa has not yet confirmed the 45e for local availability when the range touches down towards the end of the year.