Sshh... We drove the BMW X2 M Sport X in Portugal and it may just be the sweet spot in BMW's X lineup.
We say drive, and it's true, but due to an embargo that only lapses on February 5, we can't share too much about the dynamics of the new BMW X2. But, what we can tell you is that the X2 will be offered in 3 colours namely, the signature Galvanic Gold, Misano Blue and Sunset Orange.
We can also inform you that you can expect to see the X2 in South African showrooms in the first week of March 2018. The new BMW X2 will be offered with 2 trim levels to choose from including M Sport and M Sport X.
There will also be 2 engines on offer including a 141 kW / 280 Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol and a 140 kW / 400 Nm 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. The front-wheel-drive turbopetrol sDrive20i derivative will make use of a 7-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission while the all-wheel-drive, diesel-powered xDrive20d will use an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
About that sweet spot...
Goldilocks. No, we've not renamed BMW's paint job but rather refer to the children's story about the home invasion. The one with the porridge that was not too hot, not too cold. And the bed that wasn't too hard nor too soft. That's the BMW X2, just right. It's been 19 years since the original X5 rolled off the production line and the X2 is the latest gap to be filled in BMW's range of X vehicles; think of it as a sportier riff of the X1, just as the X6 is to the X5 and the X4 is to the X3.
It won't be the last either as BMW will unleash the new X7 later this year. But where the other even-numbered X vehicles have enjoyed slippery (and compromising) roof lines the X2 still manages to come across like a hatchback, albeit one with a driving position closer to a 1 Series.
There's also a raft of changes between the new X2 and the X1 which makes for a much more engaging steer. We will, however, go into far more detail with regards to the X2's drivability when the embargo lifts in the near future, so look out for our full report coming your way soon.
BMW X2 M Sport X
Power: 140 kW
Torque: 400 Nm
Top speed: 221kph
0-100 kph: 7.7 sec
Claimed fuel consumption (combined): 4.8 L/100 km
Carbon emissions: 126g/km
New BMW X2 - Price in South Africa
BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport - R642 200
BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport - R692 900
BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport X - R671 900
BMW X2 xDrive20d M Sport X - R722 600