All- new BMW X2

Alpine Observer - - Northeast Motor Guide - By EWAN KENNEDY

BMW X2 Sports Ac­tiv­ity Coupe (SAC) is based on the BMW X1’s plat­form. Orig­i­nal ship­ments are on their way Dow­nun­der and will be in show­rooms from March.

At this stage only the front-wheel drive X2 sDrive20i, priced at $55,900 plus on-road charges is be­ing of­fered in this coun­try. Others are likely to fol­low, but BMW Aus­tralia isn’t pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion at this stage.

In­ter­est­ingly, the bot­tom sec­tion of the iconic BMW ‘kid­ney grille’ is wider than the top for the first time – prob­a­bly sig­nalling a new gen­er­a­tion of the grille.

An­other styling fea­ture is the re­turn of the C-pil­lar BMW roundel, made most fa­mous by the leg­endary E9 Coupe that de­buted in 1968. Will we see that on future BMWs? Our feel­ing is yes.

The in­te­rior of­fers driver­fo­cused ori­en­ta­tion, with the in­stru­ment clus­ter fea­tur­ing Black Panel tech­nol­ogy.

‘Al­can­tara An­thracite cloth’ up­hol­stery is set off nicely by colour-con­trast stitch­ing to the cen­tre con­sole and in­stru­ment panel.

The stan­dard in­te­rior light­ing pack­age of­fers six light­ing op­tions for fur­ther per­son­al­i­sa­tion.

The lat­est iDrive6 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has a rather small 6.5-inch touch­screen as stan­dard, a much better 8.8-inch screen is op­tional - and we feel it’s likely to re­ceive a tick by most buy­ers.

BMW Con­nected+ pro­vides a seam­less link be­tween the X2 and smart­phones.

The M Sport X pack­age is fit­ted as stan­dard on Aus­tralian im­ports. At no ex­tra cost you can opt for the M Sport Pack­age. Other pack­ages, at ex­tra cost, in­clude an In­no­va­tions Pack­age, Com­fort Pack­age, and Style Plus Pack­age.

The X2 2.0-litre tur­bopetrol en­gine gen­er­ates 141 kW of power and 280 Nm of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion that drives the front wheels.

Fur­ther details will be sup­plied when we can get our­selves be­hind the wheel of a new BMW X2 in a few weeks time.

SLICK: The new coupe from BMW, the X2 is on its way to Aus­tralia.

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