BMW claims that the X2 M35i is powered the first ever M Performance four-cylinder engine - seemingly ignoring the original E30 M3 of the 1980s. The new unit is based on the 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo engine fitted to several current BMWs, tuned to produce 302bhp and 332lb ft of torque. It replaces the 3.0-litre straight six found in the current M140i hatch.
That gives the X2 the ability to accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.9sec and reach a limited top speed of 155mph. That’s down on rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45, but the BMW isn’t a full-blown M model in the vein of the M2 and M3.
Power is put through BMW’s xDrive intelligent four-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with launch control as standard. Official fuel economy is 34.8mpg combined, and it emits up to 191g/km of CO2.
Further upgrades over the regular X2 include a new, louder exhaust system, a new suspension tune with adaptive dampers as an option, an M Sport Differential for the front axle and upgraded brakes. The steering has also been retuned for a more direct feel, BMW claims.
Styling upgrades are based on the current car’s optional M Sport Package and include 19in or 20in alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and additional cooling intakes. Inside, M Sport seats are added with thee trim options, alongside numerous M Sport badges and trims.