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BMW's funkiest X model makes its debut


After a series of teaser images and being uncovered minus any disguise, BMW has now officially unveiled its new X2 bound for local release next year.

Touted as being the "cool X" model in BMW's range of so-called Sports Activity Vehicles, the X2, as snapped earlier this month, adopts the same coupe-like appearance as the X4 and X6 but with a wider kidney grille, slimmer headlights, hexagonal lower air intake, upwards moving shoulder line and a BMW badge on the C-pillar said to pay homage to the iconic CS and CSL models from the 1970s.

Aside from the usual range of colours, the X2 also debuts a new hue called Galvanic Gold Metallic, with wheel sizes ranging from 17 to 20-inches. In addition, and in-line with its more youthful target audience, the X2 also offers a number of interior colour options and a new trim level called M Sport X.

Claimed to take inspiration from rallying, the M Sport X, which serves as top spec model above the base and regular M Sport, gets Frozen Grey cladding on the front arches, at the base of the doors and on the rear bumper, and 19-inch M alloy wheels.

Sporting dimensions of 4 360 mm in overall length, a wheelbase of 2 670 mm, height of 1 562 mm and width of 1 824 mm, the X2 is both shorter, lower and wider than the X1 despite riding on the same UKL1 front-wheel drive platform also used by the Mini range, with boot space rated at 470-litres or 1 355-litres with the rear seats folded flat.

Inside, the X2 takes after its bigger sibling with base models featuring a 6.5-inch infotainment with cloth upholstery and gloss black inserts, while higher spec versions receive a 8.8-inch display, aluminium or wood trim, choice of four Dakota leather seat finishes, optional ambient lighting package, colour Heads-Up Display and a optional panoramic roof.

In terms of driver assistance systems, whether optional or standard, the X2 features items such as Lane Departure Warning, Collision Warning with Pedestrian Warning and City Braking, Active Cruise Control, Traffic Jam Assist, High Beam Assist and Parking Assist.

Underneath the bonnet, the X2 will initially go on sale with choice of two turbodiesel engines and a single turbo-petrol, all mated to automatic transmissions with no manual being optional.

Displacing 2.0-litres, the base sDrive20i produces 141 kW and 280 Nm of torque, with drive going to the front wheels via a seven-speed DCT 'box. Top speed is a claimed 227 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds.

Diesel-wise, both the xDrive20d and xDrive25d also displace 2.0-litres but with respective outputs of 140 kW/400 Nm and 170 kW/450 Nm, channelled to all four wheels through a eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. While performance figures for the former have not been the revealed, the latter is claimed to dispatch the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.7 seconds.

Due later, the X2 will become available with a three-cylinder petrol-turbo mill in the sDrive18i making 103 kW, a xDrive version of the 20i and a lower output four-cylinder turbodiesel in the sDrive / xDrive18d  producing 110 kW.

A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard on both sDrive18 models, with a seven-speed DCT optional on the petrol and a eight-speed Steptronic on the diesel. The xDrive18d meanwhile will only come equipped with the latter 'box as standard.

Despite no pricing having been confirmed, the X2 will make its local debut in March next year with only the sDrive20i and xDrive20d being made available initially, and only in M Sport and M Sport X guises.

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