BMW's next-gen SUV: All the details about the new X2

Germany - BMW has created a sports activity vehicle that fills the gap between its X1 and South African-built X3 set to launched locally later in November. 

Two engine/transmission variants will be offered at its launch.

There will also be M Sport and M Sport X variants.

Here are eight things you should know about the new X2: 

 1 The new BMW X2 will celebrate its market premiere in March 2018.

 2 BMW says the X2 appeals primarily to a young and young-at-heart, urban and active target group who are keen to see their personal character reflected on the road through an emotionally-engaging car.

 3 The Sports Activity Coupe is a BMW with, says the automaker, "A standalone character. Its head-turning design combines the discreet robustness of a BMW X model with the athletic potency of a coupe, according to the automaker."

 4 Customers can choose from the M Sport and M Sport X models. The latter brings together design elements from BMW M and the BMW X family. Separate lines are not available for the X2.

 5 A host of design details underscore the distinctive character of the X2. These include the BMW roundel on the C-pillars and the styling of the kidney grille, whose outline is wider at its base than at its top (for the first time on a modern BMW).

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6 Available for the first time on a BMW are the exterior colour shades Galvanic Gold metallic and Misano Blue metallic, plus perforated Dakota leather in Magma Red and the Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination in Black with M piping and yellow contrast stitching.

7 Two engine/transmission variants will be offered from launch: the X2 sDrive20i petrol model with 141kW (fuel consumption combined: 5.9 – 5.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 134 – 126 g/km)*,

X2 xDrive20d diesel variant with 140kW (fuel consumption combined: 4.8 – 4.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 126 – 121 g/km)* The diesel car comes as standard with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and the eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

The petrol model is fitted with a seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission.

8 The options list includes the latest generation of BMW ConnectedDrive and the most recent update of the BMW Connected App. Optional functions such as Apple CarPlay and an array of driver assistance systems serve up a connected driving experience. Among the optional equipment features offered exclusively in this segment is the full-colour Head-Up Display.

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