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Front-Wheel Drive BMW X2 Coming to U.S.

Front-Wheel Drive BMW X2 Coming to U.S.

BMW has confirmed it will sell the front-wheel drive version of its new X2 crossover in the U.S. While the X2 has launched with the all-wheel drive X2 xDrive28i, the sDrive28i will arrive in the coming months, echoing its strategy with the X1.

Thus far BMW has not confirmed the exact price for the FWD variant of the X2, the company is quoting it as about $2,000 less than the X2 xDrive28i. The AWD version carries a base price of $39,395 after destination charges.

Buyers of the FWD version will enjoy the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that generates 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That power will funnel through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Like other even-numbed “X” models, BMW has positioned the X2 as a sportier alternative to the X1 SAV. With a coupe-like greenhouse and new twist on BMW design, the company is hoping the X2 appeals to younger buyers. It is worth noting that the X2 is actually smaller than the X1 due to its sporty design.

BMW says the X2 has received a very “optimistic” reception from dealerships and focus groups.


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