BMW South Africa has just launched the new X2. And although we have already published pricing for the local range, we have now learnt that an additional, cheaper base model is destined for local shores.

As previously reported, at launch the X2 range comprises two engine derivatives – the sDrive20i and xDrive20d – each offered in either M Sport or M Sport X guise. But the local arm of the Munich-based automaker has now confirmed that the line-up will later this year also welcome the sDrive18i (we expect this base model to hit dealer floors by May 2018).

The front-wheel-drive sDrive18i will be priced from R572 666 in M Sport trim and R602 366 in M Sport X specification, which makes each R71 586 cheaper than the equivalent sDrive20i variants (bear in mind that this pricing is for the sDrive18i in manual, while the sDrive20i features a seven-speed automatic as standard).

The new base model draws its urge from the BMW Group’s familiar 1,5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which sends 103 kW and 220 N.m (compared with the 141 kW/280 N.m 2,0-litre turbopetrol in the sDrive20i) to the front wheels via either a standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The sprint from standstill to 100 km/h takes a claimed 9,6 seconds (regardless of which gearbox is fitted).

Look out for a driving impression of the sDrive20i from the local launch soon, and check out our international drive of the xDrive20d here.

BMW X2 sDrive18i M Sport: R572 666
BMW X2 sDrive18i M Sport X: R602 366
BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport: R644 252
BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport X: R673 952
BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport: R694 154
BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport X: R723 854