Philippine-spec BMW X2 gets diesel power, all-wheel drive

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2018 BMW X2 lands in the Philippines

A month after its ASEAN debut, the first-ever BMW X2 officially makes its way to the Philippines. With that, there are now three coupe-crossover BMW models in the Philippines with the X2, serving as the smaller sibling of the X4 and X6. As the X2 joins the BMW range, there are now a total of six crossovers from the brand.

In essence, the X2 is a sleeker version of the X1, the same way the X4 is the more streamlined interpretation of the X3. The X2 gets its own sheetmetal and panels from its more upright sibling, giving distinction from the X1 from nose to tail. It gets a different headlight and grill treatment, along with bumpers with more defined corner edges and a different air intake design. Philippine-spec models will come standard with the M Sport package, further emphasizing the X2's sporting intentions.

The lower, wider look comes courtesy of its shorter roofline, employing a sleeker look for the rear section. Also present is a higher window line which kinks upwards towards the rear to form the signature Hoffmeister kink. A gentle character line strikes through the door handles which then forms the flared quarter panel. As for the rear, it gets a tailgate set higher than the X1, meaning a higher liftover height. Taillights, on the other hand, stray slightly away from BMW tradition with the L-shaped units being upside down.

As it is based on the X1, the X2's cabin is largely similar to the more formal-looking small crossover. In true BMW tradition, it has a driver-focused interior that places almost all of the control within easy reach of the driver. Buttons, dials and air-conditioning vents are mostly lifted from the X1 but the M Sport package adds a little more zest inside. Aluminum trimmings, as well as body-hugging front seats and a thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel, are all part of the package. Also standard is the lighting package allows drivers to set the ambient lighting in orange, lilac, mint (green), bronze, blue and white.

Other features in the X2 include Parking Assistant which automatically finds a suitable parking space and. If desired the system can take over steering duties for the parking maneuver. Comfort Access System also comes as standard which locks or unlocks the car just by touching the door handles. Needless to say, traction and stability control are standard in the X2.

Powering the local-spec X2 is the familiar 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine. It is the same engine that powers the X1, 320d and 520d. Power figures are the same as the aforementioned models, meaning 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. It shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, which BMW calls Steptronic. Last but not the least, the X2 for the Philippines comes with all-wheel drive.

 

Prices for the BMW X2 20d xDrive M Sport start at Php 4,390,000.

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