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Sporty X2 joins BMW X model line-up

BMW X2: 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds
BMW X2: 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds
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2018 BMW X2: Large 50.1 cubic feet (1419 L) trunk capacity 
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2018 BMW X2: Large 50.1 cubic feet (1419 L) trunk capacity 
2018 BMW X2
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2018 BMW X2
2018 BMW X2: Twin pipes add to the sporty flavor at the rear
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2018 BMW X2: Twin pipes add to the sporty flavor at the rear
2018 BMW X2: Power is rated at 228 hp with 250 ft-lb of torque
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2018 BMW X2: Power is rated at 228 hp with 250 ft-lb of torque
The BMW roundel is prominent on the C-pillar
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The BMW roundel is prominent on the C-pillar
BMW's kidney grille design has been tweaked for the X2
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BMW's kidney grille design has been tweaked for the X2
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2018  MW X2
2018 BMW X2: Diminutive soft-roader joins the popular X stable
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2018 BMW X2: Diminutive soft-roader joins the popular X stable
BMW X2: Full LED headlamps and tail lamps
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BMW X2: Full LED headlamps and tail lamps
BMW X2: 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds
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BMW X2: 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds
BMW's latest generation iDrive infotainment system is upgradable to an 8.8-inch touchscreen
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BMW's latest generation iDrive infotainment system is upgradable to an 8.8-inch touchscreen
2018 BMW X2 - interior detail
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2018 BMW X2 - interior detail
BMW X2 interior
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BMW X2 interior
Two diesel variants will be available in Europe: the X2 xDrive20d (140 kW / 190 hp) and X2 xDrive25d diesel (170 kW / 231 hp)
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Two diesel variants will be available in Europe: the X2 xDrive20d (140 kW / 190 hp) and X2 xDrive25d diesel (170 kW / 231 hp)
While some of the more ostentatious elements have been pared back, the X2 design retains much of the flair of the Concept
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While some of the more ostentatious elements have been pared back, the X2 design retains much of the flair of the Concept
2018 BMW X2
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2018 BMW X2
BMW X2 highlights
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BMW X2 highlights
BMW X2 highlights
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BMW X2 highlights
BMW X2 highlights
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BMW X2 highlights

In 2016 BMW rolled-out the slick X2 Concept atthe Paris Auto Show. With styling hints taken from its biggersiblings as well as BMW's coupe range, it promised a sportypackage wrapped in the practical body of a compact crossover. Now the X2 Concept has come to fruition with theannouncement of a production model to be released in 2018.

Labelled a Sports Activity Coupe, the X2 sits betweenthe existing X1 and X3 in BMW's line-up. The coupe-like styling makes it 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower than the X1, while it maintains the same wheelbase. In the United States, BMW willoffer two variants of the X2 – a base model as well as the top ofthe range BMW M Sport X.

The X2's powerplant is taken from the X1xDrive28i. The 2.0 liter turbocharged inline fourcylinder utilizes BMW's twin scroll turbo technology, directinjection and VANOS variable cam timing. Power is rated at 228 hp(171 kW) with 250 ft-lb (339 Nm) of torque to take the X2 from 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drivesystem and 8 speed Steptronic Transmission is standard, with optionalsteering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

2018 BMW X2: Twin pipes add to the sporty flavor at the rear
2018 BMW X2: Twin pipes add to the sporty flavor at the rear

In Europe, BMW offer anadditional trim level below the M Sport X called the M Sport, as wellas additional petrol and two diesel engine options – the X2 xDrive20d (140 kW / 190 hp) and X2 xDrive25d diesel (170 kW / 231 hp).

While some of the more ostentatious elements have been pared back, the X2 design retains much of the flair of the Concept. The design of the familiar kidney grille has been inverted to emphasise the wide, low stance, the BMW roundel is prominent on the C-pillar, and aggressive air intakes mark the front while twin 3-5-inch tailpipes toughen up the rear. The range topping M Sport X model includes 18-inch y-spoke alloy wheels (with the option of 19-inch) and distinctive side skirts sporting a printed hexagonal pattern.

The M SportX's suspension is 0.4 inches (10 mm) lower than the standard model,contributing to a sportier ride that can be controlledthrough the optional Dynamic Damper Control (DDC) as well as throughthe various drive modes. Practicality isn't forgotten either, with a large 50.1 cubic feet (1419 L) trunk capacityand the ability to fold down the seats.

2018 BMW X2: Large 50.1 cubic feet (1419 L) trunk capacity 
2018 BMW X2: Large 50.1 cubic feet (1419 L) trunk capacity 

The driver's cockpit features a leatherappointed steering wheel with a black panel dashboard, which meansthat all the gauges disappear when the vehicle is turned off. There's also an optional full color heads-up display and BMW's latestgeneration iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display (upgradable to an 8.8-inch touchscreen).BMW's Connected App integrates variousservices into the driving experience such as a roaming Wi-Fi hotspotand a location sharing feature, which basically informs yourfriends that you lied when you said you'd left10 minutes ago.

The BMW X2 will be released in 2018 with pricing becoming available closerto the official launch. That price is expected to be in the same ballpark as the BMW X1 at around US$40,000.

We'll bring you a closer look at the X2 when it debuts at the LA Auto show in December.

Source: BMW USA

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