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2019 X2 M35i – Fast BMW compact SUV on the way

BMW’s X2 has the looks but not the go. Or does it? Those crazy Bavarians have finally dropped the go-faster version of the lifestyle compact SUV, the X2 M35i, and it should be rather fleet of foot…

At first glance, the X2 looked like a dumb idea, but it has grown on me. I didn’t see the point of having the X1 and the X2. I drove the latter and the penny dropped. The X2 is the lifestyle choice, the pretty one.

Given its sporty looks, you’d reasonably expect a bit of go. The X2 is built on the Mini, so it has that inbuilt bouncy agility that so annoys my wife. But up until now, you’ve had a limited choice of fun but hardly fast petrol and diesel engines.

The X2 M35i is here to create the hot compact SUV. I know, right?

X2 M35i Drivetrain

The X2 M35i scores the BMW 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder but turned right up to 225kW (306PS). This, I think you’ll agree, is a lot of power from a two-litre. In fact, it’s up there with the Honda Civic Type R‘s output.

The torque figure blows past the nutty Honda to 450Nm. So it shouldn’t be slow.

Obviously it’s not very similar to the Honda. It’s bound to be heavier and packs all-wheel drive driven by a ZF eight-speed auto. With launch control.

BMW says (or is that “signalises”, which was in the press release) the X2 M35i will accelerate from rest 100km/h (62mph) in 4.9 seconds.

X2 M35i Chassis

The launch press release was a bit light on for specific details. What we do know is that there are optional two-stage adaptive dampers to add to the M Sport suspension tune. The M35i is lower (no details) and stiffer (ditto).

You can see in the photos a tasty set of BMW blue-calipered brakes. The press release reckons the front discs are 18-inches (45.7cm) and 17-inches at the rear (43.2cm), which seems quite large.

The front axle has an M Sport differential to help make things a bit more interesting. The X2 M35i rolls on 19s as standard, with 20-inch rims available as an option.

X2 M35i Interior

I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely on board with this red interior. The seats look spectacular and, hopefully, are comfortable. I’m also hopeful they’re standard.

iDrive is along for the ride and there is a lengthy options list that includes a head-up display and wireless Apple CarPlay.

When and how much?

The X2 M35i starts production in November 2018 and will be on the road in Europe and selected markets by the end of March 2019.

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