The shift towards electrification is well underway with all European makes have electrified, one way or another, their vehicle line-up. BMW have very quickly started to shoehorn hybrid engines into all of their vehicles. And this includes the X2 crossover.
The BMW X2 Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) range covers a broad spectrum of powertrains, ranging from small and efficient 3- and 4-cylinder petrol engines, plug-in hybrids and the top of the line X2 M35i with a 306hp turbocharged 4-cylinder. The introduction of the latest BMW eDrive plug-in hybrid powertrain for the BMW X2 is the main highlight of this compact SUV’s mid-life update.
The hybrid system features a high voltage 10kWh battery pack that powers a 95hp electric motor mounted to the rear wheels, giving the X2 an estimated pure electric driving range of 57km. With the BMW i Wallbox home charger, the X2 can fully charge its batteries in three hours, making daily urban commutes possible without using any fuel.
Speaking of fuel, the internal combustion component of the X2’s plug-in hybrid system is a 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine that makes 123hp and 220Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox. Working in tandem with the electric motor to create a hybrid all-wheel drive layout, the X2 has a combined system output of 220hp that propels the SAC from 0 to 100kph in a brisk 6.8 seconds and all the way to a top speed of 195kph.
The new X2 xDrive25e now comes with three new drive modes to make the most of the hybrid powertrain. The system default mode is AUTO eDRIVE, ensuring the most efficient use of both the petrol and electric engines for everyday use. SAVE BATTERY mode is pretty self-explanatory, where battery power is saved for later use for pure EV driving. MAX eDRIVE, on the other hand, allows the driver to maximise the electric powertrain up to a speed of 135kph.
The new X2 also comes with a few cosmetic and equipment enhancements, such as a refreshed front fascia and full LED headlights that come as standard. Other standard equipment also includes 17-inch alloy wheels, two-zone climate control and hybrid-specific readouts in the Control Display. Despite having a battery and electric motor under the rear bench, the X2 still remains a very practical vehicle, with 410 litres of luggage space which open to 1,290 litres after folding the rear seats.
The new BMW X2 xDrive25e can be ordered in Advantage, Advantage Plus, M Sport and M Sport X trims and virtually all options of the conventionally powered BMW X2 are available for the plug-in hybrid model.
The BMW X2 remains one of the rarest cars on our roads, with buyers flocking to the X1, X3 and X5 SUVs. It’s not a question whether BMW Malaysia will bring this in but how many will find homes here.