BMW has revealed details of its X2 range-topper, the new X2 M35i, which is set to feature the firm's most powerful 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbopetrol engine to date. This unit channels 225 kW and 450 N.m to the xDrive four-wheel drive system via an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

According to BMW, the X2 M35i will hit 100 km/h from standstill in an impressive 4,9 seconds, while claimed fuel consumption is pegged at 8,4 L/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 191 g/km.

The X2 M35i is specified with an M Sport suspension, lowering the vehicle and providing stiffer springs and dampers, as standard, with an adaptive suspension system with two selectable modes available as an option. Notably, this model sees the inclusion of an M Sport locking differential for the front axle to improve traction at the front wheels. The steering has also been updated to provide improved levels of steering feel and precision.

To differentiate the M35i from lesser X2 derivatives, the flagship receives Cerium Grey surrounds for the signature BMW kidney grille, air inlets and side-mirror caps. An M-inspired rear spoiler and model-specific twin exhaust ports, also finished in Cerium Grey each, measuring at 100 mm in diameter, round out the exterior finishes. Inside, M Sport seats with improved comfort and support add some dynamic flavour to the cabin.

BMW SA has confirmed that the the X2 M35i will be available in South Africa in the first quarter of 2019.