Everything you need to know about the new BMW X202/11/2017
BMW have announced the arrival of the X2 range in a bid to compete with the recent rise in small crossover vehicles. With the likes of Audi and Mercedes releasing the Q2 and GLA respectively, BMW’s new X2 promises to be a serious challenger. Launching in March 2018, the BMW X2 is aimed at the younger end of the BMW owners pool, specifically targeting car owners who might not want the cost of an X3 but are ready to graduate from the X1 or 1 Series. BMW announced that the new range will be popular for those who “live in urban areas, lead active lives and are fully connected with the digital world”. Significantly sportier in design than its X1 and X3 cousins, the small crossover is easy on the eye but still compact enough for easy city driving and parking.
How is the style “sportier”? The BMW X2 retains the famous BMW kidney grills, but across the rest of the car there are clear changes from the X1 and X3 ranges. The X2 has a shorter bonnet to accommodate for more interior space. At the back of the car, there’s a fashionable C-pillar and angled tailgate that create sleek and aggressive lines in the bodywork. Thankfully, the X2 has compromised on width with the launch model sitting at 1821mm – the same as the X1. However, BMW have trimmed just 49mm off the length of the car compared to the X1 and it’s just under 70mm shorter in height than the X1. It’s important to remember that these changes, albeit minimal, are what ultimately makes the BMW X2 a small SUV.
What engines will be available? For launch, BMW are expected to offer three engine types – one petrol and two diesel. The sDrive20i petrol engine is the cheapest on offer and boasts a 51.4mpg according to official BMW literature. In the diesel range, the xDrive20d and xDrive25d offer 187bhp and 228bhp respectively with the former capable of 61.4mpg. Furthermore, the xDrive models are four-wheel drive meaning that they are more practical and similar to the traditional SUV range. The sDrive alternatively is front-wheel drive only, meaning it’s a little more style over substance.
What comes with it? Equipment specification depends on the type of trim you go for – SE, Sport, M Sport and M Sport X. As standard from the SE up, the X2 will be jam packed with toys and equipment such as satellite navigation, 17in alloys, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and BMW’s popular iDrive navigation and entertainment system with a 6.5in screen. There’s plenty of opportunity to upgrade to the larger 8.8in touchscreen system or even add a HUD (Head-Up Display) unit that means your eyes never need to come of the road. An upgrade to the Sport model promises larger alloys, privacy glass and bucket-style sports seats on top of everything you get in the SE. Drivers looking to belong in the M class can enjoy even larger alloys at 19in, heated seats, sports suspension and a sportier bodywork style.
What’s worth looking out for? As an optional feature the X2 can be equipped with BMWs Driving Assistant Plus. This innovative system uses adaptive cruise control technology to make monotonous driving like queuing in traffic an easier experience. The BMW system monitors the vehicle in front and is able to “lock on” to its speed so as traffic slows, the car will slow automatically. If the vehicle speeds up, the BMW will follow thereby removing the stress of moving up and down gears and having to keep a safe distance under pressure from the vehicles behind.
How much will the BMW X2 cost? The xDrive20d SE model starts at £33,980 – some £5k cheaper than the X3 but around £5k more expensive than the X1.
How do I get my hands on a X2? The best way to find out more about the BMW X2 range and to place your pre-order is to come visit us at our Grassicks BMW dealership. The X2 is sure to be a popular BMW at launch so it’s recommended that buyers come speak to us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment on missing out in March 2018.