BMW debuts second-generation X2 SAC
Back in 2017, BMW introduced its idea of a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) with the X2 which served as the sportier and more practical alternative to the X1. Now, the second generation is here along with its electric counterpart.
BMW has revealed the all-new X2 and the iX2 EV, showing off a more distinctive and sportier look along with a host of new advanced systems onboard.
The X2's coupe-like silhouette is much more pronounced for the all-new model, along with the signature kidney grille. The body looks more upright with chiseled lines and flared wheel arches. It is also being offered for the first time with optional 21-inch wheels.
Size-wise, both the all-new X2 and the iX2 measures 4554 mm long, 1845 mm wide, and 1590 mm tall with a wheelbase that stretches to 2692 mm. The ground clearance can be as high as 207 mm for the X2 sDrive 20i, while the X2 M35i xDrive and the electric iX2 xDrive 30 get 191 and 167 mm of ground clearance, respectively.
Inside, the BMW X2's layout borrows heavily from the X1. They put an emphasis on touch and voice control by integrating most of the vehicle functions on the BMW Curved Display and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. There's a 10.25-inch digital information display and a 10.7-inch unit for infotainment combined on a curved glass surface.
Other interior features include a cabin-facing camera that can take photos and record videos, dual-zone climate control, power tailgate, four USB-C ports, a 12V power outlet, along with an optional panoramic sunroof and M sport seats for the X2 M35i.
There are still plenty of engine options for the ICE-powered X2, and there's even a diesel option. But first, the X2 sDrive 20i is powered by a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine with 48V mild hybrid technology. The combined system output is rated at 170 PS and 280 Nm of torque.
On the other hand, the X2 sDrive 18d comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo diesel that produces 150 PS and 360 Nm of torque.
In the US market, BMW offers the X2 in the xDrive 28i. Like the X1, it has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo unit that makes 240 PS and 400 Nm of torque.
However, the most powerful ICE X2 comes in the M35i xDrive. Its engine is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo that makes 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The sDrive variants are front-wheel drive, while the xDrive 28i and the M35i sends power to all four wheels with a mechanical LSD in front. All share a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with dual clutch.
Lastly, the iX2 xDrive30 has two electric motors that have a combined system output of 313 PS and 494 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km/h. The high-voltage battery has a usable capacity of 64.7 kWh, giving the iX2 a range of up to 417 to 449 kilometers using the WLTP cycle.
When it comes to recharging the iX2, the EV comes with a Combined Charging Unit (CCU). Charging the iX2 from 0 to 100% takes 6.5 hours using an 11kW AC Wallbox charger. For DC fast charging, the iX2's batteries can go from 10 to 80% charge in just 29 minutes at a 130 kW charging rate.
BMW is producing the new model at its Regensburg plant in Germany, with US market deliveries starting in March 2024. Meanwhile, the world premiere of the all-new X2 and iX2 EV will happen at the Japan Mobility Show this October.