BMW has revealed a new compact performance SUV for its line-up, the 2019 BMW X2 M35i.
It’s set to arrive next year, though it’ll also debut a new-generation engine for BMW, a 2.0-litre four which will be used for much of the front-wheel and all-wheel drive line-up in the future.
In the X2 M35i, it’s tuned to 225kW and 450Nm, which BMW says will allow it to hit 100km/h in an impressive 4.9 seconds, with help from its xDrive variable AWD system. An 8-speed Steptronic with launch control also helps things along.
BMW makes no mention of its weight, though with all-wheel drive it’d be well over the front-drive X2’s 1535kg, but we’d expect lower than the all-wheel X3 30i’s 1720kg.
It’s set to be the top model of the X2 Series, BMW says, meaning no M40i equivalent will come along.
A retuned M Sport suspension with two-mode adaptive dampers, as well as a front locking differential, and a combination of 18-inch discs (f) and 17-inch disc brakes mean the X2 M35i should be a pleasant surprise in terms of its dynamics.
As for its ‘more aggressive’ look, BMW seems to understand it’s not for everyone.
“Sportiness coupled with a polarising appearance,” BMW begins in its media release, “based on this formula, the new BMW X2 has inspired above all a young and modern target group following its premiere in March 2018.”
The X2 M35i is set to go into production late this year, with Australian availability and pricing yet to be confirmed.
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