The Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 BMW X2 have been revealed ahead of the car’s local launch, with pricing starting at $55,900 plus on-road costs for the sDrive20i launch variant.
To be positioned above the X1 as its sportier sibling, much like the X4 is to the X3 and the X6 is to the X5, the X2 is styled differently to its coupe SUV siblings. BMW calls the X2 an ‘SAC’ or sports activity coupe, though the sloping roofline of the X4 and X6 is nowhere to be seen – instead, it uses a more traditional roofline albeit shorter than the X1. Revealed initially in October, the X2 will hit Australian roads in March 2018.
For now, the 2018 BMW X2 range will offer just a single model named sDrive20i, which is priced $2,300 above the equivalent X1. This variant uses a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine from the MINI range, and produces 141kW of power and 280Nm of torque. This engine is matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and is front-wheel drive only. BMW lists the 0-100km/h sprint as 7.7 seconds, with BMW yet to claim fuel economy and emissions data – the X1 with the same drivetrain claims 6.1L/100km and 139g/km. More engine variants such as the all-wheel drive diesel xDrive20d and xDrive 25d will join the range later in 2018.
Dimensionally, the 2018 BMW X2 sits around its more practical X1 sibling. The two cars share the same 2,670mm wheelbase, though the X2’s 4,360mm overall length is 79mm shorter, its 1,526mm height is 86mm lower and its 1,824mm width is 3mm wider than the X1. Its 470-litre bootspace is 35-litres short of the X1 with the seats up, and its 1,355-litre figure with the seats folded is 195-litres less. The interiors of the X1 and X2 are largely identical, with the X2’s dashboard a touch more driver-orientated than the X1.
The 2018 BMW X2’s standard equipment levels include LED cornering head- and tailights, 19-inch alloy wheels, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, cloth interior trim with sports front seats, BMW’s latest iDrive 6 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen, an electric tailgate, LED foglamps, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera and a smattering of M Sport equipment, including the suspension, a rear spoiler and the leather steering wheel.
A number of option packages are available for the 2018 BMW X2 for buyers to further personalise their cars, including a $2,600 Innovations Package with a heads-up display, radar cruise control and concierge services, a $2,700 Comfort Package with keyless entry and start, as well as heated and electric front seats and a $3,300 Style Plus Package with 20-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint and a panoramic sunroof.
The 2018 BMW X2 will launch in Australia in March 2018, with further variants to be launched later in 2018. According to BMW Australia, the single sDrive20i variant for now will satisfy local demand of the car, informing local media that incoming diesel variants will appeal to those searching for more performance out of their X2.
Rumoured variant additions to the X2 line in the future are a plug-in hybrid from the European market 2 Series Active Tourer and MINI Countryman ranges, as well as a higher-performance X2 M.
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