We recently spent some time in BMW’s tiny X2 and enjoyed its driving dynamics, but we found something missing: oomph. The new 2019 M35i version should fix that in a hurry.
The sport-oriented model joins the sDrive28i and xDrive28i versions, which share its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228 horsepower, 258 pounds-feet of torque) with the larger X1. The M35i is a totally different beast, however, using BMW’s most powerful 2.0-liter twin-turbo four cylinder; it’s good for 302 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque. BMW claims it sprints from zero-to-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, much quicker than the 28i’s 6.3-second rating.
Like the 28i, the 2019 BMW X2 M35i comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but it sees upgrades like M Performance-specific tuning, additional transmission cooling and updated gear ratios. Also standard is all-wheel drive incorporating the M Sport Differential, which features Torsen-based limited-slip capability.
Other M Performance goodies include a lowered sport suspension with stiffer springs and shock absorbers, sport-tuned steering with a quicker ratio, and upgraded brakes.
Outside, the M35i wears an aerodynamic body kit, Cerium Grey body trim and mirror caps, dual tailpipes, a rear spoiler and Orbit Grey 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there’s an M Sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles and sport seats; upgraded M sport seats are optional.
Production for the U.S. market begins in November. No word yet on pricing or a specific on-sale date, but the 2018 xDrive 28i starts at $39,395, including destination, so expect to pony up more for the M.
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