BMW has announced a few small changes to its compact vehicle ranges, led by the addition of fresh entry-level diesel models to the X2 line-up.
Although not yet confirmed for South Africa, the Munich-based automaker says new variants, both with a four-cylinder diesel engine and front-wheel drive, will be added to the X2 range from November 2018. The news comes after the firm revealed its new flagship, the X2 M35i.
The new X2 sDrive20d is powered by a 2,0-litre diesel engine, sending 140 kW to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It sips at a claimed 4,7 L/100 km and accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 7,9 seconds.
Then there’s the 110 kW diesel unit in the new X2 xDrive18d, which can optionally be specified with the same eight-speed gearbox. BMW says this model will dash from zero to 100 km/h in 9,4 seconds, and return a combined fuel consumption of 4,9 L/100 km.
Furthermore, BMW says that from November 2018, M sports seats and M seat belts will be available as additional options for X2 models specified with the M Sport or M Sport X equipment lines.
The 1 Series range, meanwhile, gains a new Edition M Sport Shadow model, available from November 2018 (again, unconfirmed for South Africa). This derivative, pictured below, replaces the M Sport variant and adds items such as LED headlamps with black inserts, LED front foglamps, dark rear lights, a grille frame in high-gloss black and tailpipes in black chrome.
The Edition M Sport Shadow variant for the 1 Series also gains Jet Black 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in a twin-spoke design. Inside, you’ll find a BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite and sports seats in textile “Corner Anthracite” with grey accents.
Alongside these updates, the Bavarian brand has also announced that more than 190 of its models now meet the latest Euro 6d-Temp exhaust standard.
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