Meet the new BMW X2; India bound in 2018

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Based on the Concept X2, the production-spec version of the X2 was displayed at the Detroit motor show by BMW. The X2 had made its public debut at the Los Angeles motor show at the end of November 2016, and takes BMW’s line-up of dedicated SUVs to six. A seventh, the range-topping X7 showed by the Concept X7 at September’s Frankfurt motor show, is due this time next year. As with the second-gen X1, the new X2 is based on BMW’s UKL platform – the same structure below the 2-series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, as well as the current range of Minis. It will also underpin next year’s third-generation 1-series hatchback.

Conceived to appeal to a younger audience than BMW’s existing range of SUV models, the X2 has a unique exterior design largely unchanged from that revealed by the Concept X2 at last year’s Paris motor show. Among the new model’s defining styling elements is a fresh interpretation of the German carmaker’s signature kidney grille. The X2 also sports a short bonnet that allows the base of the windscreen to sit well forward for added interior space, familiar taut surfacing treatment along the flanks and squared-off wheel arches front and rear. Other features include a thin glasshouse by SUV standards, a BMW roundel within the C-pillar and a deeply angled tailgate. Buyers will be able to choose from three styling lines: Basic, M Sport and M Sport X.

With a length, width and height of 4,360mm, 1,821mm and 1,526mm respectively, the X2 is the same width but 49mm shorter and 69mm lower than the second-generation X1. The interior of the X2 shares many characteristics with the X1. Standard features contain black panel instruments and a multifunction steering wheel, but consumers will have to pay extra for the optional 8.8-inch touch-sensitive iDrive panel and a head-up display. With its engines mounted transversely, the X2 is claimed to accommodate up to five adults, although the rear seat is configured in a 40/20/40 layout. Nominal boot volume is put at 470 litres – down 35 litres from the X1’s boot, which has a longer rear overhang. Turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines at launch include the front-wheel-drive X2 sDrive20i petrol unit, which makes 190hp and 279Nm of torque. A 4-wheel-drive X2 xDrive20d diesel also brings 190hp but has considerably more torque at 400Nm.

Topping the first wave of models is the X2 xDrive25d, which runs a more highly tuned 2.0 diesel producing 231hp and 450Nm. The X2 xDrive25d has a 0-100kph time of 6.7sec and top speed of 237kph. The front-wheel-drive petrol comes as standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox – a unit that is due to be available on various Mini models from early 2018. Alternatively, the 4-wheel-drive diesels are equipped with an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Other models and engines are planned to bolster the X2 line-up shortly after its arrival, including the front-wheel-drive sDrive18i and sDrive18d, as well as the four-wheel-drive xDrive20i and xDrive18d. As we had reported before, the German brand is likely to launch the X2 in India in mid-2018, where it will rival the likes of the Range Rover Evoque. Expect prices in the range of Rs. 40-50 lakh.

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