The BMW X2 enters its second generation with a significant transformation. BMW revamps its approach to the X2, making it clearer, sharper, and more captivating. This evolution brings a surprise: the X2 now boasts an electric variant, the iX2.
1. A Clearer Concept
In the first generation, the X2’s positioning was puzzling. Although it carried the X2 name, it felt more like an enhanced 1 Series. However, BMW’s second take on the X2 brings clarity. It’s now undeniably a coupe version of the X1, fitting right into the coupe family alongside the larger X4 and X6. This transformation also means growth in size. The X2 adds 19 centimeters to reach 4.55 meters, positioning it comfortably in the coupe SUV segment, similar in size to the Renault Arkana.
2. Bold and Unique Design
The second-generation X2 gets a lot bolder. The design borrows principles from its larger siblings, with a rapidly sloping roof, sharply inclined rear window, and a high-set tailgate. While it shares its roots with the X1, the X2 boasts a unique and distinctive look. The front is all-new, featuring a substantial grille with pointed kidney beans, complete with illuminated outlines. Angular shapes dominate the design, from the sharp contours of the headlights to the taillights. The M body kit reinforces the squared-off look, adding an extra touch of boldness.
3. Familiar Yet Futuristic Interior
Inside, the X2 retains the familiar dashboard of the X1 without significant changes. It incorporates the “Curved Display,” a combination of screens forming a curved ensemble without a visor. Despite the sporty silhouette, the X2’s height grows by 6 cm, improving interior space. The electric version, known as the iX2, offers an expanded trunk volume with 525 liters of space.
4. Electrifying Performance
The significant news is the introduction of the iX2, a 100% electric variant. It shares its technical base with the existing iX1 and packs impressive performance. The xDrive30 variant features two motors, one on each axle, delivering a combined maximum power of 313 hp and a generous 494 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a swift 5.6 seconds.
5. Charging and Range
The iX2 is equipped with a 64.8 kWh battery (usable capacity), providing a mixed-cycle range of up to 449 km. This range may vary depending on the chosen equipment, including wheel size. As standard, it comes with an 11 kW onboard charger, with an optional 22 kW charger available. For DC fast charging, the iX2 can handle a maximum of 130 kW.
6. Launch and Pricing
The iX2 made its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in late October and is set to hit the market in March 2024. The starting price is $59,000. Even the base model offers an extensive list of features, including navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and automated reverse parking assistance. For those looking for a sportier touch, the M Sport version is available for $63,000.