Thursday, April 26, 2018

BMW X2 M Sport X - For the one who dares

M Sport X
Galvanic Gold
The first-ever BMW X2 has finally joined the line-up of BMW X series. The X2 raises a few eyebrows when it was first showcased as a concept car. Eventually, the production is an exact rendition of the concept car. There are a few firsts in the X2. The very first mind-boggling is the nomenclature of the M Sport "X" trim, on top of the existing M Sport trim. Which we will discuss the differences later in the post.

Another first is the Galvanic Gold color scheme.
 The front apron is a stark difference from the usual M Sport trim with 2 huge flanking triangles.
The kidney grille has also seem to be flipped upside-down.
 Fortunately, the X2 still retained the "6 Eyes" which is the latest X3 (G01) had dropped the round fog lights.
 The X2 sits significantly lower than an X1, staying more true to a crossover rather than a compact SUV. Imagine GLA.

 The front row is a striking resemblance to the X1.
 Since this is an M Sport X trim, it come with the entry-grade M Sport steering wheel, unlike the one on the new 5 series M Sport.
 A nice addition to entry range Bimmer is the digital instrument cluster. It seems that Bimmer is slowly trickling the tech down to entry models.
The X2 sDrive20i is a 2.0 twinpower turbo petrol paired with a 6-speed Steptronic, allowing it to complete its century sprint in 7.7 secs.
Since this is an M Sport X trim, it comes by default Cloth Hexagon/Alcantara sports seat with ///M piping.
Another first for the seat is the yellow stitching to pair the Galvanic Gold paintwork. 
 Another nice touch to interior is the violet mood light, instead of the usual amber and white.
 Despite being front-wheel drive like the X1, the 2nd row sits narrower. With the driver seat adjusted to my comfort, the X1 still allows me to slouch in the rear without touching the driver seat. For the X2, is upright seating all the way.
 Nice rim, but I would appreciate the BMW roundel to align with the ///M logo.

 The X2 tail light with a single "L" further enhances the sporty and sleek design of the X2.
Another first in a long time, BMW roundel on the C pillars. The last we see them are on classic BMW coupes.
The hatch door opens up by flipping the BMW roundel, like the 1-series.

 X2 M Sport trim
(Image Source: BMW)
 The M Sport trim may sport a similar fascia to the M Sport X, but on closer examination, the front apron is different. Furthermore, staying true to M Sport trims, even for other X series models, there are no black trims around the wheel arches and side skirts.
Without the black trims that makes and SUV look like an SUV, and with the stretched coupe-style roof line, the side profile of the X2 M Sport can easily be mistaken for a 1-series M Sport.

As of today, the X2 M Sport X sDrive20i is price around SGD 193K (COE: 37,300). According to the local agent, there will soon be a sDrive18i (3 cylinder, 1.5 Twinpower Turbo).
With that price point, it is not hard for decide to top-up for an X3 sDrive20i (G01) or save some grands with an X1 sDrive20i. After all, both X1 and X3 are still roomier than the X2, which fundamentally, getting an SUV is for the space, which X2 is an oddity. Nevertheless, it is where the X2 should fit in, a coupe-version of its "smaller" sibling, in this case, X1, just like how X4 is to an X3, and X6 is to and X5.