New crossover here in March

Local pricing and specifications for the 2018 BMW X2 range have been announced this week, with the company's newest SUV model to kick off from $55,900 when it lands in March.

At launch just one variant will be offered, the X2 sDrive20i. Outputs are rated at 141kW and 280Nm from the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol, with 0-100km/h taking around 7.7 seconds. More variants will join the line-up later on, the company has confirmed, but details are still to be finalised.

In the sDrive20i, power is sent exclusively to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel consumption claims are still to be announced, although the related X1 sDrive20i lists fuel use at 6.1L/100km on the combined cycle.

Standard equipment for the sole launch model includes 19-inch M light alloy wheels, M Sport suspension, M rear spoiler, LED headlights with cornering lights, LED fog-lights, high-beam assist, powered tailgate, Alcantara/cloth interior trim with contrasting yellow stitching, M leather steering wheel, front sports seats, automatic air-conditioning, along with front and rear parking sensors.

There's also the new M Sport X package fitted as standard (pictured in yellow), which in essence combines the sporty looks of the regular M Sport package with the more rugged look of the X Line trim seen in other BMW X models - though the M Sport package is a no-cost option.

Other features include cruise control, rear-view camera, Driving Assistant with lane-departure warning, city-speed autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and speed limit information.

Finally, there's a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system running iDrive 6 with satellite navigation, a 40:20:40 split second-row seat back, and a 5.7-inch TFT display for the driver.

While there's a fairly comprehensive amount of standard specification, there's still plenty of cost options for buyers wanting to tailor their X2 to personal tastes.

Headlining the options list are the Innovations Package ($2600), Comfort Package ($2700) and Style Plus Package ($3300).

The Innovations Package adds extra technology like Driving Assistant Plus - adaptive cruise control with stop&go - Navigation System Plus, a head-up display, and ConnectedDrive Freedom with concierge services direct to the iDrive infotainment system.

Second up is the Comfort Package which includes keyless access and electric front seat adjustment with memory function and lumbar support.

Finally, the Style Plus Package brings 20-inch M light alloy wheels in double-spoke style, metallic paint and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Measuring 4360mm long, 1824mm wide and 1526mm tall, the X2 is 79mm/3mm/72mm smaller than its X1 sibling. Despite its smaller dimensions, it still sports a decent 470-litre luggage area, which expands to 1355L with the seats down - the X1 measures 505L/1550L respectively.

Compared to the Audi Q2, the X2 is 169mm longer, 30mm wider and 18mm taller, while the boot is 65L/305L more capacious than its four-ringed rival.

Interestingly, the X2 sDrive20i is just $1300 more than the equivalent X1 despite having more standard equipment, though BMW's 0-100km/h claim for the X2 is 0.1 seconds slower than that of the X1.

The BMW X2 arrives locally in March. Click the photos tab for more images.

2018 BMW X2 details

Pricing

sDrive20i - $55,900

Features

  • 19-inch M light alloy wheels
  • M Sport X exterior package
  • M Sport suspension
  • M rear spoiler
  • LED headlights with cornering lights
  • LED fog-lights
  • High-beam assist
  • Electric tailgate
  • Alcantara/cloth upholstery with yellow contrast stitching
  • M leather steering wheel
  • BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite
  • Front sports seats
  • Interior lights package
  • Automatic climate control air-conditioning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear-view camera
  • Parking assistant
  • Driving Assistant - speed limit info, lane departure warning, pedestrian warning with city AEB
  • Real-time traffic information
  • 5.7-inch TFT instrument display
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation