German luxury automaker BMW has finally unveiled the range topping X2 M35i, the first M Performance version of its small crossover series. Already spied testing a number of times, the luxurious crossover is scheduled to land in Australia in the first half 2019. The new BMW X2 M35i is expected to be positioned above the front-wheel drive turbo/petrol-powered X2 sDrive 18i three-cylinder and the sDrive 20i four-pot as well as the all-wheel drive X2 xDrive 20d diesel.
Powering the upcoming BMW X2 M35i will be the first ever M Performance four-cylinder engine. Ignoring the original E30 M3 of the 1980s, the new unit is based on the 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo engine that empowers several current BMWs, capable of producing 306 hp of maximum power and 450 Nm of peak torque. The motor replaces the 3.0-litre straight-six found in the current M140i hatchback. With this engine, the 2019 BMW X2 can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.9 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 250 kmph. The engine will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a locking differential on the front axle, complete with launch control.