THE X-TROVERT

BMW X2 NOW AVAIL­ABLE

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The BMW X2 is la­belled a Sports Ac­tiv­ity Coupé, as ac­cord­ing to Mu­nich the bold ex­te­rior de­sign of the four-door X2 com­bines the ro­bust con­struc­tion of a BMW X model with the body lan­guage and pro­por­tions of a coupé. This is as far-fetched as it is con­ve­nient, since the X2 has no inkling of a sweep­ing fast­back in its de­sign – as at least is found on the X4 and X6.

That said, the bold lines of the X2 make it stand out from the rest. It is the dis­tinc­tive, ex­tro­vert si­b­ling in the range that, ac­cord­ing to BMW, will ap­peal strongly to young and ac­tive peo­ple who at­tach great value to in­di­vid­u­al­ity and life­style mat­ters … It is shorter and lower than the X1, with shorter over­hangs, a stretched roofline, and slim win­dows, but with the same wheel­base.

Many de­sign de­tails – such as the kid­ney grille that widens from top to bot­tom and BMW roundel on the C-pil­lars – em­pha­sise its stand­alone na­ture, it is also un­equiv­o­cally a mem­ber of the X-fam­ily.

Two model de­riv­a­tives in M Sport or M Sport X trim (no Base model) with ei­ther a 141 kw 2.0-litre turbo petrol en­gine or a 2.0-litre tur­bod­iesel mill de­liv­er­ing 140 kw and a mus­cu­lar 400 Nm of torque are now avail­able, while a three-cylin­der 103 kw 1.5-litre sdrive18i en­try level model will be added in May. Prices range from R642,200 for the sdrive20i M Sport to R722,600 for the flag­ship xdrive20d M Sport X.

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