Anton Andres / Jose Altoveros, BMW | March 28, 2018 11:53
BMW's smallest coupe-crossover makes ASEAN debut
It was first revealed in October of last year and now, it's made its debut in the ASEAN region. The BMW X2 lands in Southeast Asia as the marque continues their expansion of their crossover range. Touted as the smallest coupe-crossover from BMW, it shares the same platform as the X2 but given its own unique sheetmetal.
BMW made it clear that there is a distinction between the X1 and X2. At the front alone, it gets a different headlight and grill treatment, making it look more sporty that its upright counterpart. Bumpers are different too with more defined corner edges and a different air intake treatment. Giving it a lower, wider look is its shorter roofline employing a sleeker rear section treatment. There is a higher window line present, which kinks upwards towards the rear. A gentle character line strikes through the door handles which then forms the flared quarter panel.
As for the rear, it gets a slim rear windshield and a tailgate that comes with an integrated spoiler. The tailgate itself is set higher than the X1, meaning a higher liftover height. Tail lights on the other hand stray slightly away from BMW tradition with the L-shaped units being upside down. There are several model lines to choose from in the X2 but the model shown in Bangkok was the xLine with its low-profile wheels and gray accents.
Where the X1 and X2 are similar is in their cabins. The design is largely lifted from the X2's more upright sibling, right down to the switches, dials and air-conditioning vents. As it is a BMW, the dashboard employs a driver-oriented design. Different trimmings can be specified in the X2, as with most BMW models. Like the exterior, interior themes vary for every model line.
A wide variety of engines can be specified for the X2 but, in the case of Bangkok's launch model, it is the 2.0-liter turbo engine that's under the hood. Badged as the X2 20i, this particular variant makes 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque. Instead of the popular ZF eight-speed automatic, the X2 20i shifts via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
With its debut in the ASEAN market, the X2 may soon make its way to the Philippines.