Bold new BMW X2 small SUV revealed

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The SUV's signature kidney grille has been tweaked, the short bonnet allows the windshield to be placed further ahead liberating more room on the inside a BMW badge adorns the thick C-pillar, and the taut surfacing treatment along the flanks and squared-off wheel arches lends it a rugged look. Termed as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) in BMW speak, the X2 retains the swanky styling and fastback roofline from its older siblings, while sharing its underpinnings with the BMW X1 based on the UKL 2 platform.

The BMW X2 coverage continues today with a set of wallpapers showcasing the new SUV in Galvanic Gold Metallic. Nominal boot capacity is put at 470 litres - down 35 litres from the X1's boot, which has a longer rear overhang. These figures are 35L and 195L down on the X1 respectively.

And there will be the usual M-division souped-up versions, including an "M Sport X" variant available too. M Sport Dynamic Damper Control will be offered as well, bringing ride height down by 10mm.

Available features in the X2 range include LED tail-lights, LED headlights, colour head-up display, LED interior mood lighting, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay compatibility, rear-view camera, satellite navigation, and a panoramic sunroof. Other safety features include lane departure warnings, speed limit warning, automatic high beams and front and pedestrian collision warnings.

Exact Australian timing, pricing and specification remain under wraps, meaning the exact make-up of the local grades could vary from their overseas counterparts.

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Engine output and (NEDC) fuel consumption ratings for the three engines are 141kW and up to 5.9L/100km for the petrol powerplant, 140kW and up to 4.8L/100km for the "20d" diesel, and 170kW and up to 5.3L/100km for the "25d" diesel. The BMW X2 xDrive28i has 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque and the four-cylinder is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Carbon dioxide emissions have been tested at 126-134 grams per kilometre for the sDrive20i, 121-126g/km for the xDrive20d, and 133-139g/km for the xDrive25d.

Following the initial drivetrain range, sDrive18i, xDrive20i, sDrive18d and xDrive18d options will be added later in 2018, meaning three petrols and five diesels will be eventually on offer in total.

The X2, which is scheduled to make its debut at the Los Angeles motor show at the end of November, will take BMW's line-up of dedicated SUVs to six.

The sDrive20i sprints from zero to 100km/h in 7.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 227km/h, while the spirited xDrive25d completes the triple-digit run in 6.7s while topping out at 237km/h.