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Now entering its second generation, the BMW X2 has been repositioned to serve as a more lozenge-like version of the more conventional X1 crossover, and it's grown by every dimension in the process. The new look lends the X2 a more unique flair that its more conventional predecessor largely missed. Whether that's a good thing or not is completely up to those who lay their eyes upon its humpback figure.





The X2's dramatically reshaped exterior goes for a full-blown coupe SUV look this time around, and in the same fashion as most other recent BMWs, its exterior doesn't come without controversy. Compared to its predecessor, the new X2 replaces its conventional roofline with a newly tapered one, not unlike the awkward profiles shared with the larger X4 and X6 "coupes." Elsewhere, the X2 features a high beltline, compact greenhouse, and squircle-shaped wheel arches that house either 19-, 20-, or 21-inch wheels depending on trim. The X2 isn't overly offensive up front, and while its illuminated kidney grilles have grown compared to last year's model, they're still dwarfed by the ones found on the likes of the 4-Series, 7-Series, or XM. The rear is where things get more interesting, as you'll find an unusual set of taillights that stray far from the heartbeat-like sequence found on the rear ends of most modern BMWs.


In terms of actual dimensions, the X2 has grown to measure a total of 179.3 inches in length, 72.6 inches wide, and 62.6 inches tall. While its 106-inch wheelbase matches the X1 exactly, the X2's swoopier rear end makes it 2.6 inches longer. And although its athletic outfit may attempt to suggest otherwise, the X2 puts on some additional weight compared to the X1, as it weighs 3,803 lbs for the base xDrive28i and 3,840 lbs for the sportier M35i.



Beneath the X2's sportier bodywork hides striking similarities to the X1, as it largely shares its interior and powertrains with its more conventionally-shaped sibling. The lesser xDrive28i is powered by––you guessed it––the same 2.0 liter four cylinder engine as what you'll find in the base X1. It produces 241 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, sending that power to all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Interestingly, the entry-level X2 boasts few advantages over similarly-equipped X1 models, as both SUVs have standard all-wheel drive and matching levels of output. It's worth noting, though, that all X2 models feature a mechanical limited-slip front differential, which is reserved exclusively for the M35i in the X1.


The hotter X2 M35i xDrive still shares its powertrain with the equivalent X1 M35i, but they're at least sharing more impressive numbers. A more potent turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four is found under the hood, producing a total of 312 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Beyond the numbers, the M35i adds a strengthened crankshaft, improvements piston oil supply system with the addition of cooling channels, and new bearing shells and caps.





As for the interior, those who have already been in the latest X1 will be experiencing some serious déjà vu if they ever step into a new X2. Both SUVs feature a rather handsome curved display that runs BMW's latest Operating System 9, and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a floating center console, which houses a variety of controls. More observant occupants will notice that the X2 features different seats than the ones found in the X1, placing a larger focus on comfort during longer trips, along with improvements to lateral support. Additonal bolstering can be found in the X2's optional sports seats, and buyers can opt for Alcantara upholstery. Otherwise, the seats feature a vinyl material that BMW has amusingly dubbed "animal-free Veganza."


The second-generation X2 will begin making U.S. deliveries in March 2024, priced at $42,995 for the xDrive28i and $52,395 for the M35i xDrive. This represents a slight increase of $1,500 over the X1.


What do you think of the X2's extroverted new look?

Image Credits: BMW
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Oct 11, 2023
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2024 BMW X2 Becomes An In-Your-Face, Coupe-Like Companion To X1

The redesigned X2 will hit U.S. dealers in 2024, available in xDrive28i and M35i flavors.

Now entering its second generation, the BMW X2 has been repositioned to serve as a more lozenge-like version of the more conventional X1 crossover, and it's grown by every dimension in the process. The new look lends the X2 a more unique flair that its more conventional predecessor largely missed. Whether that's a good thing or not is completely up to those who lay their eyes upon its humpback figure.





The X2's dramatically reshaped exterior goes for a full-blown coupe SUV look this time around, and in the same fashion as most other recent BMWs, its exterior doesn't come without controversy. Compared to its predecessor, the new X2 replaces its conventional roofline with a newly tapered one, not unlike the awkward profiles shared with the larger X4 and X6 "coupes." Elsewhere, the X2 features a high beltline, compact greenhouse, and squircle-shaped wheel arches that house either 19-, 20-, or 21-inch wheels depending on trim. The X2 isn't overly offensive up front, and while its illuminated kidney grilles have grown compared to last year's model, they're still dwarfed by the ones found on the likes of the 4-Series, 7-Series, or XM. The rear is where things get more interesting, as you'll find an unusual set of taillights that stray far from the heartbeat-like sequence found on the rear ends of most modern BMWs.


In terms of actual dimensions, the X2 has grown to measure a total of 179.3 inches in length, 72.6 inches wide, and 62.6 inches tall. While its 106-inch wheelbase matches the X1 exactly, the X2's swoopier rear end makes it 2.6 inches longer. And although its athletic outfit may attempt to suggest otherwise, the X2 puts on some additional weight compared to the X1, as it weighs 3,803 lbs for the base xDrive28i and 3,840 lbs for the sportier M35i.



Beneath the X2's sportier bodywork hides striking similarities to the X1, as it largely shares its interior and powertrains with its more conventionally-shaped sibling. The lesser xDrive28i is powered by––you guessed it––the same 2.0 liter four cylinder engine as what you'll find in the base X1. It produces 241 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, sending that power to all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Interestingly, the entry-level X2 boasts few advantages over similarly-equipped X1 models, as both SUVs have standard all-wheel drive and matching levels of output. It's worth noting, though, that all X2 models feature a mechanical limited-slip front differential, which is reserved exclusively for the M35i in the X1.


The hotter X2 M35i xDrive still shares its powertrain with the equivalent X1 M35i, but they're at least sharing more impressive numbers. A more potent turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four is found under the hood, producing a total of 312 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Beyond the numbers, the M35i adds a strengthened crankshaft, improvements piston oil supply system with the addition of cooling channels, and new bearing shells and caps.





As for the interior, those who have already been in the latest X1 will be experiencing some serious déjà vu if they ever step into a new X2. Both SUVs feature a rather handsome curved display that runs BMW's latest Operating System 9, and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a floating center console, which houses a variety of controls. More observant occupants will notice that the X2 features different seats than the ones found in the X1, placing a larger focus on comfort during longer trips, along with improvements to lateral support. Additonal bolstering can be found in the X2's optional sports seats, and buyers can opt for Alcantara upholstery. Otherwise, the seats feature a vinyl material that BMW has amusingly dubbed "animal-free Veganza."


The second-generation X2 will begin making U.S. deliveries in March 2024, priced at $42,995 for the xDrive28i and $52,395 for the M35i xDrive. This represents a slight increase of $1,500 over the X1.


What do you think of the X2's extroverted new look?

Image Credits: BMW

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