BMW has unveiled the latest rendition of its X2 product. Returning with a bolder appearance, more diverse performance offerings, and an all-electric derivative, this is all you need to know about the 2023 BMW X2.
The BMW X2 range is comprised of four derivatives, namely;
- The iX2 xDrive30
- The X2 sDrive20i
- The X2 M35i xDrive
- BMW X2 sDrive18d
The pioneer of the firm’s Sports Active Coupe (SAC) concept, BMW has endowed the 2023 model year X2 with a staunch front end characterised by a familiar kidney grille array flanked by LED headlamps overseen by a bulbous but contoured bonnet. Body colour-matched wheel cladding, 20-inch alloy wheels (for the M35i model), and a sloped roofline are staples of the new X2’s side profile. The rear is accentuated by the X2’s slopped rear window, curtailed by two LED tail lights on either side. On the M35i model, BMW includes an M-specific spoiler and an M-specific four-pipe exhaust system.
The X2, aside from adopting BMW’s modern design language, has also grown in size since its last iteration. Width has increased by 194 mm (4 554 mm), and width has been increased by 21 mm (1 845 mm), resulting in a form factor on par with its closest rival, the Alfa Romeo Tonale. Furthermore, the X2’s wheelbase has been lengthened and features a wider track to aid in space for the five seats and boot space, which is 560L and 1 470L, depending on the model variant, whereas the iX2 has a boot space of 525L and 1 400L. The interior layout is akin to most of the offerings that have debuted in the last two years from the Bavarian firm.
The highest-strung model in the range, the M35i, is motivated by a 2,0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder, affording the SAC’s four-wheels a maximum output of 221 kW and 400 N.m, mated to a seven-speed Steptronic double-clutch transmission. 100 km/h from a standstill start is achieved in 5,4 seconds, which is slightly slower than the previous X2 model. As for the sDrive 20i model, it’s powered by a 1,5-litre twin-turbocharged three-cylinder, affording the car’s front wheels an output of 125 kW and 280 N.m. Assisting the three-pot is BMW’s 48V mild hybrid system. The sDrive18d model relies on a twin-turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum output of 110 kW and 360 N.m.
Regarding the new all-electric model, the iX2 is powered by two integrated drive units, positioned on the front and rear axles, which produce a total of 230 kW and 494 N.m. Power is sourced from a 286V lithium-ion battery. BMW claims its iX2 model is capable of a maximum driving range of 449 km. In 2024, BMW will introduce a second fully electric model and a second diesel model which coincide with the worldwide market launch of the new X2 models taking place in March.