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[Guest Report] BMW takes the wraps off new X2 sport coupe

Oct 30,2017
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BMW unveiled the new X2 on Oct. 25 in Korea and plans to release the model in the global market in March 2018. [BMW GROUP]
BMW unveiled the new X2, a sport coupe in the BMW X Series, on Oct. 25 in Korea. The new model incorporates the sporty characteristics of a coupe — including a luxurious roofline and slim window design — into the already-strong X Series.

For the first time in a modern BMW, the new X2 includes the BMW roundel on the C-pillars. The outline of its kidney grille is wider at its base than the top, the iconic BMW look.

The three powertrain options are all twin turbo engines. The xDrive20i, a gasoline model, has a seven-speed sport automatic double-clutch transmission with maximum output of 192 horsepower. The xDrive20d is a diesel model with 190 horsepower, and the xDrive25d is a stronger diesel model with 231 horsepower. Both diesel models come with an eight-speed sport automatic transmission.

The automaker plans to add new powertrains next year, including a three-cylinder sDrive18i engine, a four-cylinder engine xDrive20i and an sDrive18d.

The sporty suspension of the new X2 backs up the delicate agility and strong power of BMW’s driving system. The standard model comes with M sports suspension that includes a stronger spring and a damper setting. Drivers can customize suspension through the vehicle’s “Dynamic Damper Control.”

Aside from these features, the new X2 can automatically recognize appropriate parking spots, and a “Parking Assistant” feature can aid the driver in parallel parking.

BMW plans to release the new X2 to the global market in March 2018.