BMW introduced a new sport utility vehicle at the North American International Auto Show
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DETROIT, Michigan (Global Press Club) – BMW introduced another in its growing line of sport utility vehicles with the world premiere of X2 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.
BMW says, “Its head-turning design combines the discreet robustness of a BMW X model with the athletic potency of a coupe.”
As well as the standard BMW X2, customers can also choose from the BMW X2 M Sport and M Sport X models. The latter brings together design elements from the BMW M lines and the BMW X family.
The German automaker takes great pride in its iconic design elements and is touting them as distinctive character elements of the new compact SUV. These include the BMW roundel on the C-pillars and the styling of the kidney grille, whose outline is wider at its base than at its top (for the first time on a modern BMW).
The new model offers colors that are available for the first time on a BMW: Galvanic Gold metallic and Misano Blue metallic, plus perforated Dakota leather in Magma Red and the Micro Hexagon fabric/Alcantara Anthracite combination with M piping and yellow contrast stitching.
Three engine/transmission variants are offered from launch: the BMW X2 sDrive20i gasoline engine with 192 hp; plus the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant with 190 hp and X2 xDrive25d diesel with 231 hp. Both diesel cars come as standard with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and the efficient eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The gasoline model is fitted with the sporty seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission.
Further model variants will be added to the BMW X2 line-up in early 2018 – in the shape of the three-cylinder X2 sDrive18 and four-cylinder X2.
The first X2 arrives in showrooms in March.
BMW is characterizing the X2 as X1’s sexier and edgier version
BMW is characterizing the X2 as X1’s sexier and edgier version and the model will compete with small, sporty crossover segment including the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Porsche Macan. The new 2019 BMW i8 Coupe is the carmaker’s plug-in hybrid entry for this year’s 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and the vehicle does not disappoint. BMW says, “Its head-turning design combines the discreet robustness of a BMW X model with the athletic potency of a coupe”. Also joining the X2 and X7 Concept on stage Monday was the world premiere of the updated, mid-engine i8 hybrid coupe – as well as the BMW M3 CS sedan and BMW M5 performance SUV. The current i8 made its production debut in 2014, and pairs a mid-mounted, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine (much like that of the Mini Cooper) to a front and rear-mounted electric motor. The production version remains practically unchanged from the concept version shown in Detroit past year, minus some deft polishing of the interior fit and finish and a general rounding of the exterior corners. That power gets to the wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The dramatic i8, with its dramatic scissor doors, has been a crowd favorite at the Detroit Show since it was shown as a concept in 2012. The i8 is joined by a roadster first seen in Los Angeles past year. The updated i8s have received new battery packs, which according to the auto maker, have substantially increased capacities, bumping up charge life from 20 to 34 ampere hours. Newburgh Gazette http://newburghgazette.com/2018/01/17/at-the-detroit-auto-show-monday-bmw-ag-unveiled-x2-suv/