The new BMW X2 M35i flagship is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2019. But the local arm of the Munich-based brand has already published pricing on its website.
According to BMW SA’s configurator, the X2 M35i will be priced from R815 172.
It will run on 19-inch double-spoke alloys as standard, with a set of 20-inch items (R14 400) offered as one of many optional extras.
As a reminder, the X2 M35i draws its urge from the most powerful turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine the brand has yet to offer. It delivers 225 kW and 450 N.m to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission that includes launch control. That’s enough, says the automaker, for a zero to 100 km/h sprint of 4,9 seconds.
The new model’s grille features a Cerium Grey surround, with the cooling inlets and side-mirror caps finished in the same hue. Round back, you’ll find an M spoiler and a pair of large tailpipes (each measuring 100 mm in diameter).
BMW says the X2 M35i’s M Sport suspension system has also been “specifically tuned and adapted” to match the vehicle's personality (an adaptive arrangement offering two manually switchable modes will be optionally available). Meanwhile, the steering has been updated to ostensibly provide improved levels of feel and precision.
There’s also a locking differential installed in the front axle gear, while the M Sport braking system boasts fixed callipers in Dark Blue metallic (with 18-inch steel discs at the front with 17-inch items at the rear). Inside, you’ll find an M Sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles and door entry trims up front bearing the lettering “M35i”.
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