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BMW shows off sporty new X2

Thursday, 9th November, 2017 9:20am

BMW has revealed the new X2 SUV, a car that really does look as good as the concept motor show model that previewed it.

The car’s chassis and xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system delivers the ideal balance between sporting dynamics and efficiency. The digital services from BMW ConnectedDrive and BMW ConnectedDrive Services – both of which are now available in freshly updated form – add further depth to the overall BMW X2 experience.

The BMW X2 is two centimetres shorter and more than seven centimetres lower than the BMW X1, yet has the same wheelbase. Featuring short overhangs, it also has a stretched, coupé-style roofline and slim window graphic.

The new BMW X2 combines style with generous everyday practicality. The boot has a capacity of 470 litres, meaning it can handle leisure activities, from shopping sprees to a skiing weekend or mountain-bike tour.

This functionality manifests itself in the passenger compartment too, thanks to features such as a door design featuring large storage pockets.

The cabin is driver-focused, with the design of features such as the instrument panel binnacle directed at the road ahead. All controls are positioned to allow the driver to assimilate their information with a single glance and operate them with ease.

At launch, the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant will be available. It generates maximum output of 190hp and 400Nm of torque enabling a zero to 100kmh time of 7.7 seconds.

Official fuel consumption is still highly impressive 61.4mpg, while CO2 emissions are as low as 121g/km. Further attractive variants of the BMW X2 will be added to the Sports Activity Coupé’s line-up in early 2018 – in the shape of the four-cylinder X2 sDrive20i, X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d.

The 20d diesel model comes equipped with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard.

The integral hill descent control feature enables the BMW X2 to automatically maintain a desired speed on steep descents by taking care of brake control for the driver, who can then devote their attention to the task of steering.

Standard specification for every BMW X2 includes a 6.5 inch touch control display with navigation system. The display concept is designed to provide the driver with a quick summary of the most important information at any particular time by means of, for example, the live tiles that appear in the display’s main menu.

Its operation emulates the intuitive touch control principles familiar from smartphones.

For even greater safety and convenience in the BMW X2, there is the option of the full-colour BMW head-up display, also featured within the Technology Pack.

It projects all important driving information and navigation/assistance system readouts onto the windscreen and therefore into the driver’s field of view – all in high resolution.

Among the other highlight features enabling connectivity anytime, anywhere are the optional wifi hotspot preparation (available in Tech Pack), which equips the BMW X2 to host a built-in wifi hotspot with LTE speeds, and the optional telephony with wireless charging (available in Tech Pack) for compatible smartphones.

Apple CarPlay (available retrospectively from the BMW ConnectedDrive Store) meanwhile, enables easy, wireless in-car use of selected iPhone functions.

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