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BMW has launched the latest addition to its popular X range of SUVs (although BMW refer to the X2 as an sports activity vehicle or SAV) – the X2, which boasts coupe-like good looks and SUV practicality. Styling elements include the placement of the brand logo on the C-pillars, which is reminiscent of legendary BMW models such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL and according to the German car maker, underscores the sporting aspirations of the BMW X2.

The BMW X2 will initially be launched in South Africa with a choice of two engine variants, which will be expanded just a few months later to span an entry level petrol engine/transmission. The X2 will be launched with a choice of the BMW X2 sDrive20i petrol model (fuel consumption combined: 5.9 – 5.5 litres per 100 km), plus the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant (fuel consumption combined: 5 – 4.8litres per 100 km). The petrol variant is equipped with the sporty seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission and the 141 kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder powers this derivative from 0 to 100 km/h in a rapid 7.7 seconds while the top speed is 227 km/h.

The diesel model come equipped with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard, along with the integral Hill Descent Control feature that enables the BMW X2 to automatically maintain a desired speed on steep descents, by taking care of brake control for the driver, who can then devote their attention to the task of steering.

A further attractive entry level variant of the BMW X2 will be added to the Sports Activity Coupe’s lineup from March 2018 orders (at dealer floors from May 2018) – in the shape of the three-cylinder X2 sDrive18i. The output of the entry level petrol model range from 103 kW (with manual gearbox, fuel consumption combined: 6.3 – 6 litres per 100 km; with seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission, fuel consumption combined: 6.2 – 5.9 litres per 100 km).

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Local buyers will get to choose between two distinctly different trim packs, namely M Sport and M Sport X. The M Sport and M Sport X models are available with wheels in sizes up to 20″ – a standout feature in this vehicle segment according to BMW. As standard, both models are available with 19″ wheels.

The side skirts of the BMW X2 M Sport feature a greater degree of body colour, which brings the car visually closer to the road. The BMW X2 M Sport X, meanwhile, has specially designed cladding inserts in Frozen Grey. When viewed from the side, this lighter colour shade generates an impression of higher ground clearance compared with the BMW X2 M Sport and ensures this model stands apart clearly from its stablemates. The standard rear spoiler can be replaced on the M Sport und M Sport X models with the even sportier M rear spoiler from the options list.

The BMW X2 M Sport features a diffuser-look cladding inlay in Dark Shadow metallic. The BMW X2 M Sport X, meanwhile, gets a bespoke diffuser insert in the contrast colour Frozen Grey. On all models, the new rear bumper and tailgate design sees the latter sitting flush with the rear apron. And that gives the rear end a supremely harmonious feel.

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In terms of upholstery, the Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination with M piping and contrast stitching in Blue used for the cabin of the BMW X2 M Sport clearly spells both quality and sportiness. An array of other upholstery options let every BMW X2 owner tailor the interior to their personal preferences. The Dakota leather Black variant with M piping and blue contrast stitching is only available for the BMW X2 M Sport and M Sport X.

Inside the cabin, standard specification for every BMW X2 includes a 6.5″ freestanding Control Display, but buyers can opt for the upgraded standard 6.5″ business navigation or optional 8.8″ Touch Control Display. The display concept is designed to provide the driver with a quick summary of the most important information at any particular time by means of, for example, the tiles that appear in the display’s main menu. If an optional navigation system is specified, its operation emulates the intuitive touch control principles familiar from smartphones. Apple Carplay is also supported.

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Pricing starts at R573 122 for the X2 sDrive18i M Sport.

In other motoring related news, a Land Rover’s performance SUV, driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, recently smashed the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road.