BMW has unveiled its latest electric vehicle, the iX2, which joins the lineup as the bigger sibling of the iX1. Based on the second generation of the internal combustion engine-powered X2 compact crossover, the iX2 is set to make its first public appearance at the Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo later this month.
Described as a premium compact Sports Activity Coupe (SAC), the BMW iX2 features an optional illuminated kidney grille, similar to the larger X6, and LED headlights as standard. As an electric vehicle, it ditches the traditional radiator grille for a closed panel.
With its clean side profile, minimal dynamic lines, and coupe-like roofline, the iX2 boasts a visually appealing design. It shares the same LED headlamps and taillights as the new generation X2, while body-integrated door handles add to its sleek appearance.
In terms of dimensions, the BMW iX2 measures 4,554 mm in length, 1,845 mm in width, and 1,560 mm in height, with a weight of 2,020 kilograms. It will face competition from rivals such as the Audi Q4 Sportback e-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQA, and Volvo C40 Recharge.
Inside the cabin, the highlight of the iX2 is the BMW Curved Display, which combines a fully digital instrument cluster with a large touchscreen infotainment system into a single glass panel. Powered by BMW’s iDrive 9, the layered dashboard and soft touch panels enhance the premium feel of the interior.
Charging the iX2 from zero to 100 percent takes approximately six and a half hours. An optional 22 kW three-phase AC charger can fully charge the battery in three hours and 45 minutes, while using a DC fast charging system can top up the battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 29 minutes.
The iX2 is equipped with a 64.8 kWh battery combined with dual electric motors, each powering one axle and delivering power to all four wheels. With a peak power output of 308 bhp and maximum torque of 494 Nm, the iX2 offers similar performance to the BMW iX1 xDrive30. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 kmph.
With its sleek design, advanced technology, and competitive performance, the BMW iX2 aims to be a strong contender in the luxury compact crossover segment.
– BMW iX2 will come competing with rivals such as the Volvo C40 Recharge, Mercedes-Benz EQA and Audi Q4 Sportback e-Tron. (HT Auto Desk)
– BMW iX2 image source: BMW website