New BMW X2 revealed with potent M35i version | CAR Magazine

New BMW X2 revealed with potent M35i version

Published: 10 October 2023 Updated: 10 October 2023

► New BMW X2 crossover launches
► Includes hot M35i model
► Order now, priced from £39,365

BMW’s X2 returns for a new generation. The brand’s smallest coupe-SUV has very clearly been designed to look much more like an SUV than before (and much more like the bigger X4), with the new model making its debut at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show. As well as a combustion engine X2, BMW also revealed an all-electric iX2 at the same time.

All X2 models are in M Sport trim (the X1, meanwhile, includes lower-spec Sport and xLine variants), which means large sporty alloys, an aggressive bodykit and sports suspension. BMW says it ‘heightens the model’s standout style and driver appeal.’ Hmm.

On top of that, you may have noticed that you can even spec an illuminated grille surround.

The interior is largely unchanged from the X1, which includes a smaller version of BMW’s curved display and a high centre console that does without the brand’s iDrive click-wheel controller – BMW insiders say the screen is much closer to the driver than in other cars that its inclusion doesn’t seem as warranted.

Here, though, the X2 uses BMW Operating System 9 – the latest software technology from the brand, which is even newer than what you get on the i7 flagship. OS9 introduces a new home screen that always has the navigation map displayed and promotes swifter integration with your phone via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. BMW also says that the M Performance version features bespoke M-flavoured graphics and colour schemes. BMW also says the boot space has grown by 90 litres over the previous generation X2.

As for performance specifications, two X2 models have been confirmed for the UK market: sDrive20i and M35i xDrive. Both use four-cylinder petrol engines and feature a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. The sDrive20i develops 167bhp and 207lb ft, meaning a 8.3sec 0-62mph sprint and a top speed of 132mph. Go for the potent M35i model and you’re treated to a 297bhp and 364bhp engine, dropping the 0-62mph sprint to 5.4sec and raising the top speed to 155mph.

The new X2 is available to order now, with the first UK models landing in March 2024. Prices start at £39,365 for the sDrive20i, or £47,395 for the M35i xDrive.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches