The BMW X2 returns in 2024 as the X1’s more stylish sibling
The second-generation X2 has an interesting new look and will be available in 241-hp xDrive28i and 312-hp M35i xDrive models when it arrives in the U.S. next spring.
The 2024 X2 xDrive28i starts at $42,995 and the M35i xDrive starts at $52,395. That makes it $1,500 more expensive across the board than the X1.
We call it a sportier, less practical X1, and that’s exactly what the X1 is positioned to be.BMW X2 This remains true as it enters its second generation. What’s striking about this new model is how different it is from its siblings. From the sharp angles of the long and short hood to the thick rear end, no one will compare this crossover to it.X1.
The previous generation X2 offered a unique look with available contrasting colors and the BMW logo on the C-pillar, a subtle nod to the timeless classic E9 Coupe. In contrast, the new X2 adopts a more traditional design with a typical camber, meaning the car is positioned as an ‘SUV coupe’. With such a long, sculpted appearance, it’s surprising that the drag coefficient reaches 0.25. M35i models feature a different grille design and four exhaust ports, one for each cylinder.
Inside, the X2 is very much a sister model to the X1, with BMW’s ubiquitous curved screen and controversial instrument cluster graphics that display the speedometer and tachometer in an angular shape. There’s an optional panoramic roof, the cargo area is 25 cubic feet, and depending on the version, the seats and dashboard are upholstered in Alcantara. The standard seats are covered in vinyl and are proudly described as “animal-free and vegan.”
While Europe has the option of an all-electric version, a four-cylinder diesel engine, a base three-cylinder gasoline engine, and a powerful four-cylinder gasoline engine, only two turbocharged four-cylinder engines will be available in the United States. States. The X2 xDrive 28i is powered by a 241-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the X2 M35i xDrive is powered by a 312-hp version of the same engine. Torque is the same at 295 pound-feet, but the entry-level model is less. That’s more than enough to make up for more than 3,800 pounds: Acceleration to 60 mph takes 6.2 seconds and 5.2 seconds, and top speed is limited to 149 or 155 mph (if summer tires are specified). Failure to inspect these tires upon request means a speed limit of 130 mph on both models.
Both models come with standard all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Handling should be satisfying thanks to the stiffer body, wider track and improved chassis components. We’ll reserve judgment until we drive the X2, but we recommend the optional M Sport package on the entry-level X2 xDrive 28i because it comes with bigger brakes, different steering, and adaptive dampers. This is standard on the M35i xDrive.
Keeping up with the times, the new X2 comes with a range of connectivity features and driver assistance systems. There are also in-car video games from the AirConsole gaming console. In addition to the usual driving modes, you can also choose between “Relax”, “Expressive” and “Digital Art” modes. An efficiency coach can teach the driver how to slow down, while an interior camera can take photos and record video.
Pricing has yet to be revealed, but the X2 will certainly cost a bit more than its similarly powered X1 sibling, which starts at $40,000. The 2024 X2 will arrive at US dealers in March 2024.