The Bavarians have just revealed the new 2019 BMW X2 M35i powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces more than 300 horsepower…
Those Bavarians have been so consumed in the world of crossovers they seem to have forgotten all about Paul Rosche’s legendary S14 engine that powered the first generation BMW M3 from 1985 to 1992.
During the introductions, the new BMW X2 M35i has been presented by the Germans powered by “the very first M Performance four-cylinder engine.” We’ll forgive this memory lapse, because the engine in question is a turbocharged 2.0-litre that produces 306 horsepower and 450Nm of torque.
That’s plenty of power considering the bigger 3.0-litre straight-six in something like the BMW M240i coupe only comes with about 30 more horsepower. So instead of burdening this little X2 with a longer and heavier straight-six, the M department provided the four pot mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels. On standard 19-inch wheels or optional 20-inch alloys, the X2 M35i banks on this all-corner traction to accelerate from zero to 100km/h in less than five seconds. To be exact, in 4.9 seconds, which means this feisty little crossover is just 0.3 seconds slower than that M 240i. However it’s also significantly faster than, for example, the Honda Civic Type R which requires 5.7 seconds to reach 100km/h from rest, or the new Renault Mégane RS Cup that takes 5.8 seconds.
Looking at it like that, a sub-five-second compact crossover is pretty commendable, although the folk over in Stuttgart have been doing just such a thing for a while now – the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 serves up 375bhp and 475Nm of torque and does zero to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds.
With bigger brakes in the new X2 M35i, plus a locking differential up front (this thing is basically front-wheel drive until you need the rear axle to step in) and an adaptive suspension set-up available at extra cost, this crossover is fully kitted out with goodies from the M Performance catalogue.
To stand out from lesser X2s, the M35i version additionally features a big pair of exhaust pipes measuring 100mm in diameter, a rear spoiler, and the BMW kidney grille painted grey for some reason. Inside the car you can spec the optional sports seats in three different designs including lashings of Alcantara everywhere.
Other bits include a colour head-up display, although you have to pay extra for that too of course, and the same goes for a range of connectivity options and an optional parking assist system.
The new 2019 BMW X2 M35i will be ready for sale early next year, although prices are reliant on UAE importers’ specifications. In any case we certainly don’t expect this jacked-up hot hatch to be a budget-conscious choice.