New BMW X2

2018-04-26 06:00
The new BMW X2.PHOTO: quickpic

The new BMW X2.PHOTO: quickpic

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THE BMW X2 is more than just a new BMW X model. With its unmistakable design and sporty, urban genes, it makes a confident impression both in its class and within the BMW X model family.

The Sports Activity Coupé goes above and beyond any rival past or present in bringing joy and driving pleasure to the segment. Its inimitable character appeals most strongly to young, extrovert and active people who attach great value to individuality, genuine fun at the wheel and lifestyle matters, without wanting to be left short on functionality.

The bold, uncompromising nature of the new BMW X2 is evident at first sight. This vehicle stands out from the crowd in any setting. Even next to its bigger brothers, the BMW X4 and X6, the BMW X2 makes a wholly distinctive impression.

The main contributing factor here is the car’s exterior design, which essentially combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupé with the robust construction of a BMW X model.

“The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW Group Design, in describing the new BMW X2.

“Its standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of the BMW to the compact segment.”

On the road, the BMW X2 has the poise of an athlete in peak condition. This is true for the standard M Sport and optional M Sport X model. The BMW X2 M Sport X combines design elements from BMW M and the BMW X family.

Not only does the launch of the new X2 add a new member to the BMW X family, the new M Sport X model is also making its debut.

The BMW X2 has an invigoratingly fresh feel to it even in its basic specification. It immediately stands out as a BMW X model, yet it has a highly distinctive appearance, too. This is partly down to its different proportions, the execution of many of its details, the placement of the BMW roundel and the reinterpretation of a BMW design icon — the kidney grille. Plus, the black strip of cladding encircling the body produces the characteristically robust X model look, while lending visual emphasis to the ground clearance.

BMW X2 drivers think differently, they break with convention and they lead the way. So the BMW X2 really is the perfect car for them.

The Sports Activity Coupé cuts a dashing figure on every journey, not least thanks to its peerless BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and sophisticated powertrain. These components team up with the car’s refined chassis to endow it with class-beating handling qualities, exceptional agility and superb feedback, thereby allowing the BMW X2 to generate levels of driving pleasure unprecedented in this segment.

The BMW X2 will initially be launched in South Africa with a choice of two engine variants, which will be expanded just a few months later to span an entry level petrol engine/transmission.

With a drag coefficient of just Cd 0,28, the X2 xDrive20d is one of the most aerodynamically efficient models in the whole segment. It generates maximum output of 140 kW and belies its muscular 400 Nm of torque with combined CO2 emissions of just 126 — 121 g/km. (Fuel consumption figures are based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.)

The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers the different size of the selected wheels and tyres.

The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the Pkw-EnVKV, and based (for classification) on the fuel consumption and CO2 values as per the NEDC cycle.

As far as BMW is concerned, there is one thing that always comes first in a connected vehicle: the task of driving. For this reason, all of the BMW Connected Drive and BMW Connected elements in the new BMW X2 have once again been designed to assist, inform or entertain the driver at the appropriate time using just the right services.

Intuitive interaction between driver and vehicle forms the basis for top-class connectivity. The new BMW X2 offers its driver three different ways of interacting with their car, as the sixth generation of the iDrive control concept now supplements the familiar iDrive Controller and optional voice control with touch-screen operation for the Control Display (also optional). The touch-screen can also be used comfortably by the front passenger.

“We focused on presenting the customer’s interaction pathways with the car via the displays in a visually appealing and coherent way, as well as making them intuitive to use,” said Gernot Schmierer, head of user experience design for BMW Group Design. “With the BMW X2, we’re giving our customers the chance to interact with their car in the way they feel most comfortable. The BMW X2 uses the optional touch functionality and the optional Head-Up Display to offer a first-class customer experience in this vehicle segment.”

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