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Powerful & Agile: 2018 BMW X2

BMW has announced the first-ever BMW X2, a new breed of car takes on the stage as the newest addition to the BMW X family featuring an unmistakable design with sporty yet urban genes. The bold, uncompromising nature of the first-ever BMW X2 is evident at first sight and stands out from the crowd in any setting. Even next to its bigger brothers, the BMW X4 and X6, the BMW X2 makes a distinctive impression with its unique design language. The main contributing factor is the car’s exterior design, which essentially combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of a BMW X model.

Available in front or all-wheel drive configurations, power for the X2 is generated by a 2.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine featuring a twin-tailpipe design. Torque is communicated through the wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission that ensures a sporty driving character while providing maximum efficiency. The available M Sport X package adds Sport Automatic Transmission for faster upshifts and downshifts, and includes gearshift paddles on the sports steering wheel, allowing the exceedingly agile BMW X2 to be driven in an even sportier fashion.

The car’s specifically tuned chassis and xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system, promise undiluted driving fun. The cutting-edge BMW TwinPower Turbo engine strikes the ideal balance between sporting dynamics and exceptional efficiency powering this Sports Activity Coupe in just 6.3 seconds from 0-60 mph.

The car’s driving responses can be adapted with a simple push of the Driving Dynamics Control switch, which allows drivers to choose between COMFORT mode, efficiency-enhancing ECO PRO mode and SPORT mode. The pre-programmed set-up available via SPORT mode gives the car even more dynamic steering and powertrain responses. If the optional Dynamic Damper Control (0.4 inches lower ride height) is specified, the car’s suspension can be adjusted even more precisely to better suit individual preferences.

The M Sport suspension available on the BMW X2 M Sport X is a particularly good match for those wanting to extract the maximum dynamic performance and includes tauter spring and damper tuning. X2 models specified with M Sport suspension are also lowered by 0.4 inches compared to the standard setup for even sportier handling. The specially adapted anti-roll bar bearings, which come with M Sport suspension and Dynamic Damper Control, also contribute to enhanced sportiness and agility.

Inside the passenger cabin, the interior of the X2 blends signature BMW elements, such as a pronounced driver focus and dynamic lines, with the understated ruggedness of a BMW X model. The high-class quality of the X2 and its impressive level of equipment, even in the standard version, are both instantly apparent. The instrument panel has contrast stitching and decorative stitching as standard, while the center console features materials including Sensatec with contrast stitching. Eye-catching highlights can be added by opting for the newly available perforated Dakota leather in Magma Red. The X2 combines all of this with a generous helping of everyday practicality. The trunk can effortlessly handle luggage from ski weekends or mountain-bike tours or a day out with the family. This high level of functionality manifests itself in the passenger compartment too, thanks to features such as a door design with large pockets and additional storage compartments.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 105.1; overall length: 172.2; width: 71.8; height: 60.1
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 2.0L twin-turbo four-cylinder – 228 hp at 5000-6000 rpm and 258 lbs-ft of torque at 1450-4500 rpm
Transmission: Aisin F22 eight-speed automatic
Cargo capacity: 50.1 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, dynamic brake control, brake drying, brake stand-by, start-off assistant, brake fade compensation, electronic differential lock control, hill descent control, central locking system, anti-theft alarm system, programmable LED daytime running lights, coded driveaway protection, BMW Assist eCall, dynamic cruise control, ConnectedDrive services, rear-view camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, push button engine start/stop, advanced vehicle and key memory, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlamp control, LED fog lights, LED headlights with cornering lights and tire pressure monitor.

Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile
Corrosion: 12-year/unlimited
Roadside Assistance: 4-year/unlimited 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 BMW X2 starts from $36,400 for the sDrive28i and $38,400 for the xDrive28i. Destination charges add $995.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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