BMW's Second-Generation X2: Overview
In mid-October, BMW introduced the world to the second generation of the X2 compact SUV. This new iteration offers customers a choice between traditional gasoline engines and, for the first time, an all-electric iX2 variant. The global debut of both models will take place at the Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo later this October, with the X2 hitting the Canadian market in March 2024.
Powerful Performance with Twin-Turbo Engines
Both the X2 models come equipped with a new twin-turbo 2.0L engine that packs a punch. The xDrive28i variant delivers 241 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the M35i xDrive model takes performance up a notch with 312 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. These models feature an automatic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and all-wheel-drive capability, denoted by their names. The manufacturing hub for these impressive SUVs is BMW's plant in Regensburg, Germany.
Spacious and Stylish: The Redesigned X2
The 2024 X2 sees significant enhancements in size and style compared to its predecessor. With a length increase of 193 mm (7.5 inches), as well as expanded width and height, the X2 now stands out as a larger and more distinct option. Notably, it's 66 mm (2.5 inches) longer than the X1, which received its update for the 2023 model year. The X2's exterior and interior styling have been revamped to set it apart from its sibling. While the seating capacity remains at five, the cabin offers more legroom and shoulder space. Additionally, the cargo space has been boosted to 560 liters with the rear seats up, up from 470 liters in the previous model.
Cutting-Edge Technology and Features
The interior of the 2024 X2 showcases cutting-edge technology centered around a new curved display, featuring the latest iteration of BMW's iDrive system, Operating System 9. Control of the vehicle's functions can be done through touch and voice commands, with a noticeable reduction in physical buttons, controls, and switches. Standard features include cloud-based navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration. An optional overhead interior camera is available, enabling owners to capture photos and videos, as well as remotely monitor the vehicle's interior. In the event of a break-in, the camera automatically starts recording, along with an exterior camera if the X2 is equipped with automated parking.
The Electrifying iX2: BMW's All-Electric Offering
The electric iX2 xDrive30 is set to make its global debut in March 2024, manufactured alongside its gasoline-powered counterpart in the Regensburg factory. While precise specifications are yet to be revealed, this electric marvel will feature twin electric motors (one in the front and one in the rear) to deliver an all-wheel-drive experience. These motors will generate a substantial 313 horsepower and 364 lb-ft of torque, propelling the iX2 from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 180 km/h. In European testing, the iX2 boasts an impressive range of 417 to 449 kilometers on a single charge. Furthermore, European and other global markets will also have access to the X2 with a three-cylinder gas engine with mild-hybrid technology and a four-cylinder diesel engine.
Elevating the Driving Experience: Optional Packages
For those seeking a more sporty experience, BMW offers an M Sport package for the xDrive28i. This package includes side air intakes, a gloss black window surround, M side skirts, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, an M steering wheel, sport seats, and adaptive suspension. Additionally, an M Sport Pro Package is available for both trims, featuring M Sport brakes with striking red calipers, an M rear spoiler, high-gloss grille surround, and unique M sport seats for the M35i model. These packages are designed to enhance both the aesthetics and the performance of the X2.