BMW has revealed the production version of the new X2 and, we have to say, it looks pretty darn good. It is an impressive combination of sporty and elegant, and South Africans will get their first proverbial taste of the compact crossover in March 2018.
An offering that will sit above the BMW X1 and X3, the X2 sports an impressive coupé-like silhouette which can be compared with BMW’s more traditional SUV models.
Despite the striking similarities with the rest of BMW’s X range, the German automaker’s chief designer, Adrian van Hooydonk, is adamant that it is not a coupé version of the X1 and is not in the same range as the X4 and X6. Instead, he views the X2 as an opportunity to further the design language of the brand.
The X2’s design language certainly does say something, and that something is “ridiculously good-looking”. It was designed to stand out, and with new design elements such as the revised kidney grille and lower air intake, the BMW badge on the C-pillar, and the cleaner edges and lines on the bonnet – it does stand out from the rest.
Three variants of the BMW X2 will be available upon its launch: the BMW X2 sDrive20i petrol model with 141kW, the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant with 140kW, and the X2 xDrive25d diesel with 170kW.
It will also come with two M-Sport derivatives: the M-Sport and M-Sport X models which will come with the standard M-Sport suspension with firmer spring and damper settings and a lowered ride height.