To­tally un­govern­able: the new BMW X2

Post - - CLASSIFIEDS - ■ Naresh Ma­haraj is an award-win­ning sports jour­nal­ist, MC, ra­dio news and sports ed­i­tor/pre­sen­ter, ac­cred­ited mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ist (Mem­ber of the SAGMJ), in­ter­na­tional sports cor­re­spon­dent and voice-over artist. E-mail: ma­; Twit­ter: @nma

THE BMW X2 is more than just a new BMW X model. With its un­mis­tak­able de­sign and sporty, ur­ban genes, it makes a con­fi­dent im­pres­sion both in its class and within the BMW X model fam­ily.

The Sports Ac­tiv­ity Coupé goes above and be­yond any ri­val past or present in bring­ing joy and driv­ing plea­sure to the seg­ment. Its inim­itable char­ac­ter ap­peals most strongly to young, ex­tro­vert and ac­tive peo­ple who at­tach great value to in­di­vid­u­al­ity, gen­uine fun at the wheel and lifestyle mat­ters, with­out want­ing to leave them­selves short on func­tion­al­ity.

The car’s chas­sis and xDrive in­tel­li­gent all-wheel-drive sys­tem prom­ises undi­luted driv­ing fun, and its cut­ting-edge engines strike the ideal bal­ance be­tween sport­ing dy­nam­ics and ex­cep­tional ef­fi­ciency.

The bold, un­com­pro­mis­ing nature of the new BMW X2 is ev­i­dent at first sight. This ve­hi­cle stands out from the crowd in any set­ting.

Even next to its big­ger brothers, the BMW X4 and X6, the BMW X2 makes a wholly dis­tinc­tive im­pres­sion.

The main con­tribut­ing fac­tor here is the car’s ex­te­rior de­sign, which es­sen­tially com­bines the fast-mov­ing body lan­guage and low-slung pro­por­tions of a coupé with the ro­bust con­struc­tion of a BMW X model.

On the road, the BMW X2 has the poise of an ath­lete in peak con­di­tion and road-han­dling is su­perb.

This is true for the stan­dard M Sport and op­tional M Sport X model. The BMW X2 M Sport X com­bines de­sign el­e­ments from BMW M and the BMW X fam­ily.

Above all, it is the BMW X2’s pro­por­tions which create its ex­pres­sive, dy­namic de­meanour. It is shorter and more than 7cm lower than the BMW X1, yet it has the same wheel­base.

Many of the de­sign de­tails em­pha­sise the BMW X2’s stand­alone nature while si­mul­ta­ne­ously and un­equiv­o­cally sig­nalling its mem­ber­ship of the X fam­ily. The time-hon­oured BMW kid­ney grille is just one ex­am­ple, turn­ing the fa­mil­iar trape­zoidal shape on its head and in­stead widen­ing from top to bot­tom.

This is the first time this de­sign de­tail has seen the light of day on a mod­ern BMW.

An­other strik­ing de­tail more typ­i­cal of a BMW coupé is the place­ment of the brand logo on the C-pil­lars. Rem­i­nis­cent of leg­endary BMW mod­els such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL, this is an­other el­e­ment that un­der­scores the sport­ing as­pi­ra­tions of the BMW X2.

The kid­ney grille has al­ways been an iden­ti­fy­ing fea­ture of a BMW. On the BMW X2, how­ever, its out­line is wider at its base than at its top.

The X2 is the first mod­ern BMW to fea­ture this de­sign cue, and it gives the new car a broader, even more dis­tinc­tive and even sportier ap­pear­ance. Be­low the grille, the hexag­o­nal sur­face treatment in the bumper fur­ther re­in­forces this im­pres­sion.

The kid­ney grille pro­vides a vis­ual ex­pres­sion of the BMW X2’s classy ap­peal. The fronts to the grille bars in High-Gloss Black con­trast with the grille’s chrome sur­round.

One of the ways the BMW X2 ex­presses the in­her­ent power of its BMW TwinPower Turbo engines is through the de­sign of the tailpipes.

Depend­ing on the en­gine spec­i­fied, the X2 may come with a sin­gle or twin ar­range­ment. The tailpipes are 90mm in di­am­e­ter.

Test­ing this new ad­di­tion to the BMW fam­ily in Cape Town re­cently was a “sheer driv­ing plea­sure”. The X2 han­dled ex­tremely well on dirt roads as well as on tar. Ex­cep­tional and to­tally un­govern­able.

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