The Bavarians are back at it, folks! BMW has dropped the velvet ropes to the grand unveiling of the second act in their Compact Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) drama, the all-new 2024 BMW X2. And it's not just a fresh lick of paint; it's a significant leap into the future while still tipping the hat to the past.
The Numbers Game: X2 xDrive28i vs. X2 M35i xDrive
Starting at $42,000 (plus a grand for destination, because getting it from Bavaria isn't magic), the X2 xDrive28i is your entry ticket to the SAC segment. If you're feeling spicy and have deeper pockets, the X2 M35i will set you back $51,400, plus the same destination dance tax.
Size Does Matter
In a world where size is synonymous with presence, the X2 has grown in every dimension that counts. Stretching 7.6 inches longer than its predecessor, the X2 now measures a grand 179.8 inches tip-to-tip. Its wheelbase is a skateboard-worthy 106.0 inches, giving it a stance that says, "I'm ready to carve the canyons."
Dress to Impress
BMW doesn't skimp on style. With an almost hexagonal kidney grille that nods to its bigger siblings, the X2's face is all business. And for the nocturnals, the optional illuminated grille ensures your arrival is never understated. The X2's side profile is pure SAC, with a coupe-like roofline that swoops into the rear end, making it look like it's leaping forward even at a standstill.
M is for More
The M Sport package isn't just a badge job. It brings in larger intakes, body-color borders, and the kind of rear apron that suggests this SAC means business. Inside, M Sport seats with Veganza/Alcantara trim wait to hug you through every corner.
The Heart of the Matter
Under the hood, the xDrive28i's 2.0-liter engine has been tweaked for a Miller cycle operation, cranking out 241 hp and a torque figure of 295 lb-ft that's ready to play from 1,500 rpm. The M35i? It's a different beast with 312 horses waiting to gallop at the flick of your right foot.
BMW's Adaptive M suspension with frequency-selective damping is standard on the M35i and part of the M Sport package for the xDrive28i. It promises a ride that's sports-car taut without shaking your dentures loose on the daily commute.
Inside, the BMW Curved Display dominates the dashboard, with the new iDrive 9 system reducing physical buttons and making voice and touch the main characters in this play.
At BMW Group Plant Regensburg, robots with AI brains ensure your X2's paint is flawless. It's like having a German craftsman with a PhD in "making it perfect" inspecting your ride.
The Japanese get the first glimpse in October 2023, but Americans can slide behind the wheel come March 2024.
If you're in the market for a compact SAC that promises to be as nimble as it is tech-forward, the 2024 BMW X2 deserves a top spot on your list. It's an ensemble of BMW's latest tech, power, and design philosophies, wrapped in a package that's both familiar and excitingly new.
And remember, while the X1 may be the sensible sibling, the X2 is the one with the glint in its eye, promising fun at every turn.