Thursday, March 22, 2018

BMW Malaysia Launches the BMW X2 Sports Activity Coupe

BMW Group Malaysia has launched the first ever BMW X2 here in Malaysia at an event right smack in the Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur. The X2 is the newest member of what BMW calls their Sports Activity Coupes or for those that want a more common way of calling it, the premium compact sporty crossover vehicle. The BMW X2 that will be sold here will be the BMW X2 sDrive20i M Sport variant which will cost RM320,800 (on the road, without insurance, and with BMW Group Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Programme and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme) and it is fully imported. 

The X2 is the smallest of the sportier X series of crossover/SUV vehicles. It follows the same sportier mould of the X4 and X6 series of crossovers. These are the coupe SUV versions of the more normal X1, X3 and X5 series of SUV as it usually has a more sloping A-pillar and in most cases, a more sloping rear hatch compared to the more practical 1,3 and 5 models. So the X2 is the baby coupe Sports Activity Coupe of the bunch. It is also the first of its series as there have never been a X2 prior to this.

BMW says that the the new compact premium sports activity coupe makes a wholly distinctive impression by virtue of the car’s exterior design, while essentially combining the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of a BMW X model. It does, as the first impressions of the X2 is that it is taller than the similar sized BMW 1 series but it is also lower than the BMW X1 series. It sits somewhere in between and is made for someone that does not want a traditional hatchback or small sedan but someone that also does not really want a traditional SUV. This is the niche that BMW wants to plug with the X2. Whatever it is, the X2 is a solid looking, sporty compact car in my opinion. But it does come at that fully imported price though.

The BMW X2 sDrive 20i is powered by BMW's 192hp / 280 Nm torque, 2.0liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine. The twin power setup is what BMW calls its twin-scroll turbocharger coupled with Valvetronic (variable valve timing in normal talk), double VANOS and Direct Injection. This allows the sporty crossover to reach a top speed of 227km/h. 

This Malaysian specced BMW X2 variant has a 0-100km/h of 7.7 seconds. This Sports Activity Coupe comes with a 7-speed Steptronic Sport double-clutch transmission and is actually a front wheel drive car (the xDrive versions are AWD whilst sDrive are 2wd with either the front or rear wheels drive - this new X2 series is front wheel drive). 

Mr. Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia said, “The BMW X models have long made its mark in Malaysia. Last year alone, we delivered over 4,200 BMW X Series vehicles, equating to 39.6% of BMW’s deliveries of 10,618 vehicles. Today, we’re proud to expand our BMW X portfolio here in Malaysia with the first-ever BMW X2.”

Mr. Hoelzl also added that the new compact premium sports activity coupe promises unadulterated driving pleasure with the ideal balance between sporty driving dynamics and exceptional efficiency. He also said that the X2 offers the best-in-class cabin space.

Aside from what I have stated above, I love the fact that we get our new BMW models super fast! The production version of the X2 was first sold over in Europe sometime last October. It is only March 2018 and we get to see the car on our shores. Speaking of which, the all-new, and actually first ever X2 is on display in front of Lot 10 Shopping Mall for the next few days. Go view this sporty new 'hot hatch' of sorts. 

Hey, it is only slightly taller than a 1 series, or slightly lower than a X1 and has close to 200 horses. That makes it pretty hot and it does have a rear hatch too.

Official Model Overview (with more photos below)

A distinctive character that departs from the BMW script.
The kidney grille has always been an identifying feature of a BMW. On the BMW X2, its outline is wider at its base than at its top. The BMW X2 is the first modern BMW to feature this design cue, and it gives the first-ever BMW X2 a broader, even more distinct and sporty appearance. Below the grille, the hexagonal surface treatment in the bumper further reinforces this impression. The kidney grille provides a visual expression of the BMW X2’s classy appeal. The front of the grille bars in High-Gloss Black contrast with the grille’s chrome surround.

The design of the BMW X2’s headlights reinforce its striking, sporty looks. With the inner headlights being slightly narrower than the outer ones, the BMW X2 assumes a tangible air of concentration and dynamism. Besides LED fog lights, the first-ever BMW X2 comes with LED headlights with extended contents which include daytime driving lights in 3D icon design. The BMW X2 wears the BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow line, with the BMW emblem on the C-Pillars, paying homage to BMW’s tradition of creating premium sports coupes. The BMW M Aerodynamics package comes with this Sports Activity Coupe and includes wheel arch trim and claddings on doors in body colour. Besides the BMW M rear spoiler, the BMW X2 is designed with the BMW M Sport Suspension, lowering it by -10mm to ensure a comfortable drive.

One of the ways the BMW X2 expresses the inherent power of its BMW TwinPower Turbo engine is through the design of the tailpipes. At 90mm in diameter, the all-new BMW X2 comes with two-sided exhaust tailpipe in high-gloss chrome. Moving to the top, the roofline of the BMW X2 has an almost coupe-like lightness, which gives the whole car the impression of surging forward like an athlete. Further accentuating the sporty look on the BMW X2 are the roof rails in Aluminium Satinated.

On the road, the BMW X2 has a poised stance thanks to the 19” M light alloy wheels, double-spoke style 715M with run-flat properties. The side skirts of the BMW X2 are among its signature features and contribute in no small part to its rugged and assured good looks. The horizontal design lines of the BMW X2’s rear end tightens the visual distance between the car and the road, emphasising the car’s width and therefore its sporty character. These lines continue into the high-set rear lights.

Daring Interior Lighting Offering.
Inside, the new BMW X2 offers LED ambient lighting with bold choices of Orange, Lilac, Mint, Bronze, Blue and White colour settings to match the daring exterior expression of the vehicle, as well as the mood of the driver.

Driving Dynamics.
BMW X2 drivers think differently. They break with conventions and they lead the way. As such, the BMW X2 is their perfect car. This Sports Activity Coupe is powered by the multiple award-winning two litre BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine which combines twin-scroll turbocharger with Valvetronic, double VANOS and High Precision Injection, all of which generates a top speed of 227km/h. With an overall system output of 192hp and 280Nm of torque, the first-ever BMW X2 sprints from 0-100km/h in just 7.7 seconds. This Sports Activity Coupe also comes with a 7-speed Steptronic Sport double-clutch transmission.

The car’s driving responses can be adapted with a simple push of the Driving Experience Control switch, which allows drivers to choose between COMFORT mode, efficiency-enhancing ECO PRO mode, and SPORT mode. It is also equipped with the Performance Control which allows engine control and brake intervention during cornering.

Contemporary Ambience with Premium Flair.

The interior of the BMW X2 blends signature BMW elements, such as a pronounced driver focus and dynamic lines, with the understated ruggedness of a BMW X model. From multi-function buttons on the steering wheel to the exterior and interior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function, including fold-in function, the high quality of the BMW X2 and its impressive level of equipment are both instantly apparent.

The first-ever BMW X2 offers a generous helping of everyday practicality. On top of the Comfort Access System with contactless opening of the tailgate, the luggage compartment has a capacity of 470 litres, and up to 1,355 litres with the 40/20/40 split folding down rear seat backrests.

Passengers are also prioritised in the designing of the BMW X2 as the automatic air-conditioning comes in two-zone while passengers behind get to enjoy rear air-conditioning. Both front passenger and driver are treated to electric seat adjustment, with the addition of memory function for the driver.

All the BMW ConnectedDrive elements in the new BMW X2 have once again been designed to assist, inform and entertain the driver at the appropriate time using just the right services, including Intelligent Emergency Call, Teleservices, Concierge Services, BMW Online and BMW Remote Services. Still the only premium automaker with such an offering in the industry, the integration of BMW ConnectedDrive services and comfort-enhancing functions enable BMW X2 drivers to organise their daily routines as efficiently as possible.

The BMW Head-Up Display in full colour projects driver-relevant information to offer a first-class customer experience in this vehicle segment. Besides connecting via USB devices, the BMW X2 also comes with the Extended Smartphone Connectivity which enables owners to connect Bluetooth-compatible mobile phone to the BMW X2 and the hands-free kit. This Sports Activity Coupe offers Navigation Plus with 8.8” touch display which also enables split-view. The Radio Media comes with 4 speakers and 2 woofers base speakers.

The BMW X2 also offers drivers a wide selection of Driver Assistance systems. Besides cruise control with brake function, the Park Assistant helps parallel parking manoeuvres. The Park Distance Control and the rear-view camera also make precise and comfortable manoeuvring that much easier.

In terms of external colour offering, the first-ever BMW X2 offers new and bold colours of Galvanic Gold Metallic, Misano Blue Metallic and Sunset Orange Metallic with Black Interior Colour with contrasting Grey seams. Specifically with the Black Sapphire metallic model offering, the new compact premium Sports Activity Coupe offers a new interior option of Magma Red interior with contrasting Grey seams. The first-ever BMW X2 will be available at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide from Wednesday, 21st March 2018.

Dynamic Financial Programme.
The First-Ever BMW X2 can be owned with dynamic financial programme courtesy of BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia. Options include the BMW Full Circle Programme with a monthly instalment from RM 4,498 with a 20% Down Payment on a four-year tenure and with 20,000 KM mileage cap per year.

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