Having simply 5 utility autos in a model’s mannequin lineup simply doesn’t lower it anymore. This isn’t 2015. If latest gross sales sheets have proven us something, it’s that patrons the world over would take up arms and combat a conflict only for a bit extra selection on the crossover buffet.
Nicely, BMW is heeding that decision. The Bavarian automaker unveiled a long-missing mannequin this week that plugs a obvious hole on the backside of its utility lineup — the X2.
Sharing a platform with the X1, the marginally shorter (by three.2 inches) and decrease (by 2.eight inches) 2018 X2 provides the visible brawn its smart sibling lacks whereas not going too loopy with its form. That includes a comparatively upright hatch for useable (50.1 cubic ft) cargo quantity, the X2 dials up the visible aggression with decrease physique and wheel arch cladding, far more sculpted kidney grille openings, and a decrease entrance fascia with gaping facet vents. Lighting is LEDs throughout.
Because the greenhouse ends on the C-Pillar, BMW has taken the annoying route of calling the X2 a “Sports activities Exercise Coupe,” very similar to its much more rakish X4 and X6 fashions. Something however a crossover (which is what that is).
Lots of the styling cues seen on final 12 months’s Idea X2 carry over right here, albeit in a extra subdued method. BMW makes it clear that the brand new mannequin’s function is so as to add some pleasure to a well-established and infrequently boring X household, providing an M Sport X bundle on the X2 for these seeking to improve their coronary heart charge and the MSRP. Sure, there’ll be a BMW X2 M Sport X for you letter lovers.
Like most crossovers Sports activities Exercise Coupes, the X2’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system channels motive energy to the rear wheels when commanded, consistently monitoring the ability break up between entrance and rear. Hill Descent Management mitigates metal descents over tough terrain for these mornings when you must slip into the work car parking zone the again means.
To offset the X2’s floor clearance and utilitarian nature, patrons can possibility the car with Dynamic Damper Management, which permits for a Zero.Four-inch discount in experience top. This comes commonplace on stiffer M Sport variants, together with upgraded anti-roll bar bearings.
At launch, the primary X2s to reach in America subsequent spring will carry an xDrive28i badge. You’ll discover a turbocharged 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder below the hood, making 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, with an eight-speed Steptronic automated serving as the one accessible transmission. If there’s an M badge current, the X2 beneficial properties a quicker-shifting eight-speed variant with sport paddles. Inventory variant must be able to scooting to 60 miles per hour in 6.three seconds.
Cocooning the X2 in security requires checking the field for BMW’s accessible Driving Help Package deal, which brings all the standard aids into the fold; amongst them, metropolis braking with pedestrian detection and sensible cruise management. For those who’re actually into enjoying second fiddle to your automotive, the optionally available Parking Assistant will finesse that X2 right into a parallel parking spot for you.
Whereas there’s no worth checklist for the X2 simply but, base fashions will make do with 18-inch wheels and non-metallic paint choices for patrons prepared to stay with a colour that isn’t Galvanic Gold.
Is the X2 merely an excessive amount of X? Can clients be too spoiled for selection? What’s the saturation level for crossovers? We’ll have to attend to reply to these questions. In the meantime, the X2 isn’t the one new crossover sure for BMW’s lineup. A bigger, range-topping (and probably terrifying) X7 looms.
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