The BMW X2 introduced the concept of a Sports Activity Coupé to the premium compact segment when it was first launched. Now the even more distinctive and sportier second generation is set to reaffirm BMW’s position in this rapidly growing sector.
The second-generation BMW X2 blends new styling, cutting edge technology, increased space, exceptional comfort, all wrapped up in a stylish coupe body that’s almost guaranteed to attract envious glances.
Front and centre (literally and metaphorically) of the updated X2 is the re-interpretation of two signature brand features: the BMW kidney grille and twin headlights. The new BMW X2 comes as standard with LED headlights for low and high beam, and two vertical LED units with a subtle arrow shape include the daytime driving lights and indicators. The upright front end, long bonnet, steeply raked A-pillars, and flowing roofline give a sense of movement, while the large wheels and wraparound black border provide the road presence.
UK models will come in M Sport specification as standard
This means you’ll also get large side air intakes integrated into the front apron, a body colour border along the lower edge of the body, M-specific side skirts, M High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, and a rear apron with integrated diffuser. The package is then completed with a choice from nine paint finishes, including two Frozen finishes from BMW Individual.
It’s not all about the looks though.
Adaptive M suspension and double-spoke 19-inch M light-alloy wheels are also part of the M Sport specification, together with sport seats, Alcantara-covered instrument panel, anthracite-coloured headliner, and M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.
At the heart of the spacious interior is the standard BMW Curved Display formed by a 10.25-inch information display and a 10.7-inch control display.
The screens merge into a single unit behind a continuous glass surface that curves towards the driver for the traditional BMW cockpit feel. Standard features also include a navigation system, two-zone automatic climate control, Park Assist including Reversing Assist Camera, and numerous other digital services to enhance comfort, convenience and driving pleasure. Automatic tailgate operation is also standard, and if the optional Comfort Access is specified, the tailgate can be operated hands-free as well.
Engine options start with the efficient three-cylinder petrol unit that powers the new entry-level BMW X2 sDrive20i.
Combined with a 48V mild hybrid system, the 1.5-litre petrol engine generates maximum output of 170bhp. That’s enough to allow you to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 8 seconds while still achieving around 45mpg. If that’s not enough you can opt for the equally mild-hybrid but much more powerful M35i xDrive instead. That one boasts a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that generates 300bhp and can sprint to 60mph in a fraction over 5 seconds. Both petrol engines are paired with a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch.
The range-topping option is clearly going to be the all-electric iX2 xDrive30 though.
Its two electric motors together generate the electric equivalent of 313bhp (including a temporary boost triggered from the paddle shift on the steering wheel). The high-voltage battery is tucked away in the car’s underfloor section and provides 64.8kWh of usable energy, which translates to 0 to 62mph in 5.6 seconds and a range of around 260 miles between charges.
A clever Combined Charging Unit integrates the functions of voltage transformer, charging electronics and power distribution into a single unit and enables AC charging up to 11kW as standard. That means a regular domestic wallbox charger will take around 6.5 hours to go from 0-100% - convenient enough for overnight charging – while an ultra rapid charger can give you a 10-80% charge in around half an hour when you’re out and about.
The world premiere of the new BMW X2 and new BMW iX2 took place at the Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo (formerly the Tokyo Motor Show), at the end of October but order books are already open in the UK if you want to get ahead of the competition. First deliveries are expected to begin in March 2024 so the sooner you arrange your BMW X2 lease the sooner you’ll have a brand-new BMW X2 parked on your driveway.
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