2018 BMW X2 debuts to fill the gap between X1 and X3
For common folks like us, finding a slot between BMW’s compact X1 crossover and the slightly-larger X3 is a tough task. But BMW seems to have found it and they have developed a new model to fill that. This here is the BMW X2.
Even though the numeral in the name is bigger than that of the X1, the X2 is actually shorter and lower. Despite the reduction in size, both the X1 and X2 share the same wheelbase so that the space inside is not compromised. The design is similar to that of the other BMW SUVs but the new LED headlights and taillights along with the unique side skirts and roof spoiler give it a distinctive look.
As you’d expect from a crossover SUV, the design of the interior does not stray from the family lines. Everything inside screams BMW. The instrument cluster and the free-standing infotainment system screen employs BMW’s Black Panel Technology. A 6.5-inch or a 8.8-inch screen is fitted on all trims. The Connected+ system is also on offer with mobile WiFi and Apple CarPlay support. Safety systems include lane departure warning, active braking and parking assist.
Under the hood, BMW TwinPower 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine offers 228 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This mill is hooked up to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system through an 8-speed StepTronic transmission. There are three driving modes to choose from, Comfort, Eco, Pro and Sport. If off-roading is in your plans, don’t bother, even with options like hill descent control. BMW says that the chassis of the X2 is better than that of the X1, making it more agile. The Dynamic Damper Control offered as an option gives you the liberty to adjust the suspension to your liking.
There is an X2 M Sport X package on offer. This adds 20-inch wheels, stiffer springs, dampers and gets the ground clearance cut by a couple of centimetres. The output of the engine is not fettled with though. The stock engine is decently sprightly, taking just 6.3 seconds from 0 to 100 kph.
The BMW X2 will go on sale from the starting of 2018. It should reach UAE, KSA and other GCC markets by summer next year.