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.
The small crossover will also come with an M Performance chassis tune including stiffer and lower M Sport adaptive suspension, M Sport brakes comprising Dark Blue metallic fixed callipers gripping 18-inch front and 17-inch rear discs, and 19-inch alloy wheels while Cerium Grey bicolor 20s will be optional. There also is an M Performance first feature in the form of a torque steer-reducing M Sport locking differential for the front axle gear, which according to BMW is “most effectively reduces possible traction losses on the front wheels”.
In terms of features, the upcoming X2 M35i will be offered with rear M spoiler and Cerium Grey treatment for the mirror caps, (twin 100mm) exhaust outlets and grille and front air intake surrounds differentiating it from the all-new BMW X5 M50d scheduled to be launched by the end of this year. Also, to differentiate the M35i from the wider X2 range is a more aggressive stance courtesy of an M Sport bodykit and a twin-tailpipe exhaust.
Other upgrades from the X2’s M Sport Package include full-HD headlights, an M Sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles and ‘M35i’ door sills. There also be some optional features in the European- spec of the BMW X2 M35i such as the M sports front seats that will be optional in three styles: FabricTrigon / Alcantara in black with blue accents, Leather Dakota Magmared perforated with black accents and Leather Dakota black perforated, all with matching M seatbelts. Other than these, a full-color BMW Head-Up Display, the latest BMW ConnectedDrive and new BMW Connected App functions, and wireless Apple CarPlay will also be on offer.
The Production of the five seater crossover is all set to kick off in November, this year for the US market and March 2019 for the European markets. When launched, the 2019 BMW X2 M35i will take against the likes of the Audi SQ2 and Mercedes-AMG GLA35 in the small crossover SUV segment. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming BMW X2 M35i compact crossover.