BMW’s new X2 wears a sporty look
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BMW will introduce a new X2 sub-compact urban cross-over model in March next year.
The X2’s appearance is sportier than that of the existing X1 small SUV already on the market.
BMW New Zealand said that further information on pricing would be available closer to the launch.
The model features a new look of BMW’s familiar kidney grill, and a BMW badge appears on the C-pillars, in a nod to previous classic BMW coupes, such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL models.
Like the existing X1, the X2 uses the Mini platform, and while the wheelbase is the same as the X1, the vehicle is 8.1cm shorter.
It is powered by a transverse-mounted 2-litre turbocharged in-line four cylinder engine, coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW says the new model fuses the rugged profile typical of BMW X models with the sporting grace of a coupe.
Design features include wheel arches with a squared-off look, distinctive exhaust tailpipes and accentuated side skirts.
The M Sport and M Sport X models will come as standard with M Sport suspension featuring firmer spring and damper settings and a lowered ride height.
The optional Dynamic Damper Control (including a 10mm drop in ride height) allows suspension settings to be tailored to individual tastes or requirements.
BMW ConnectedDrive Services are also available as an option for the BMW X2. Joining them on the options list is the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display.
Driver assistance systems on the X2 will include Traffic Jam Assistant, which BMW says eases the driver’s workload in tedious stop/start traffic on congested motorways.
This system is part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus, which comprises a series of camera-based driver assistance systems.
The optional Parking Assistant also makes life easier for the BMW X2 driver, automatically identifying suitable parking spaces and, if desired, manoeuvring the car automatically into parallel bays.