BMW Australia have announced pricing and specification info on the German marque’s newest member of their X family of SUVs (or SAC - Sports Activity Coupe - in BMW-speak): the X2. Due to arrive in March, the range will start from $55,900 for the single variant sDrive20i.
The sporty crossover will, as its name suggests, slot between the X1 and larger X3, featuring a more slender profile and more aggressive stance while sitting on the same UKL platform that underpins most MINIs and smaller BMWs yet to come. The more largely flared nostrils that arrive as part of a revised kidney grille design - one of the first models to wear it - might be the only blemish to an otherwise lovely exterior.
Naturally, BMW is offering the local X2 as standard with the M Sport X package that adds 19-inch wheels, a bodykit, spoiler, and tauter M Sport suspension. Other included goodies include full LED headlights, automatic tailgate, cruise control , Lane Departure Warning, Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation (AEB, pretty much), and Forward Collision Warning.
Inside, the M treatment is also applied, with a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, front sports seats with an Alcantara/cloth upholstery mix, automatic air conditioning, rear view camera, and the iDrive6 infotainment system with satellite navigation and real-time traffic updates - though, it’s displayed through a smaller 6.5-inch display instead of the larger 8.8-inch or 10.2-inch panel in more higher-end models.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-pot that should be familiar with any current-generation low-to-mid tier BMW variant. Here it’s tuned to develop a respectable 141kW and 280Nm which is enough to lay claim to a 7.7 second sprint to 100km/h. Drive is sent to the front-wheels through a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
BMW is also offering the X2 with a number of optional extras. For an additional $2,600, for example, the Innovations Package brings Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, a head-up display, and the Navigation System Plus. Style Plus Package, meanwhile, adds larger 20-inc h alloys and a panoramic glass sunroof.
Following its initial local debut in the coming months, additional versions of the X2 are slated to join the range, though that’s expected to only be finalised toward the latter portion of 2018. Bear in mind, though, that the international reveal only outed two other possible engine options, and both are turbodiesel that drive all four wheels.
However, it’s possible that BMW’s 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol will be called to serve at some point, rounding out the non-oiler count to two. Those expecting a 3.0-litre straight-6 petrol might have to wait a while, though, as it’s rumoured that the coupe-shaped crossover won’t be housing an engine larger than 2,000cc.