Meet the BMW X2rovert

The Munich carmaker is not known for its subtle design philosophy, but the second generation X2 takes things to a new level, and we are here for it!

By Juliet McGuire

Longer, wider, and higher, the new BMW X2 is bigger than the outgoing model in every way. Even the wheelbase has increased in length. It also now boasts a more coupé-style silhouette and could be mistaken for its X4 and X6 siblings. And if you still don’t think this is quite the departure from the outgoing model, just consider that you can now opt for an illuminated grille, in other words, BMW Iconic Glow contour lighting.

Even with the evocative exterior design, behind the wheel of the BMW X2 is where you will want to spend your time. BMW’s curved display is impressive, to say the least.  The X2 also now boasts newly developed seats in the Veganza perforated variant and Vernasca quilted leather. If you so dare, you can opt for sports seats, electric seat adjustment with memory function, lumbar support, and a massage function. From a safety point of view, BMW has added an interactive airbag between the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat. The number of driver assistance systems and digital services available has also increased significantly over the predecessor model.

The new X2 comes with a host of standard features, but there are a few optional extras that will make you stand out in a crowd, like a true extrovert. The panoramic glass sunroof with dark-tinted glass surface extends right up to the windscreen and the roof frame on either side and a long way back in a single section into the rear part of the roof giving the X2 an even more spacious look and feel.

Two models are available in South Africa, namely the sDrive 18i M sport and the flagship M35i xDrive. Both are petrol-powered, the 18i is a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine with outputs of 115 kW and 230 Nm. This is a front-wheel-drive option with a seven-speed torque-converter ‘box. The M35i showcases the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol with 233 kW and 400 Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and you will get to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds.

As with most ‘sportier’ “M Performance versions of standard BMW models, the X2 offers customers a presence with it’s evocative design. This car is unlike its rivals, in fact, even unlike its predecessor. It’s distinct, forward-thinking, and rather thrilling to look at. There is no doubt that BMW fans will embrace the design leap of the X2.

Pricing of the BMW X2: BMW X2 sDrive18i M Sport: R870 000 BMW X2 M35i: R1 210 000





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