Fewer driven wheels makes for an easier sell

Stateside audiences got an eye full of the new 2018 BMW X2 at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, spurring excitement with its premium good looks and relatively affordable price tag. Now, a new report points to the arrival of a FWD iteration that’ll lighten the bottom line even further.

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The first version to head to dealers will be an AWD version, scheduled to arrive this March. Following hot on its heels will be a less-expensive FWD iteration, which should arrive just a few months afterwards.

Considering the crazy popularity of the compact crossover market, the arrival of the new BMW X2 should provide a huge boost to the Bavarians’ sales numbers. Not only does it tick all the right boxes for the segment, but with a starting price under the $40,000 mark, it should also help to attract new customers to the brand, especially those highly sought-after young buyers.

The first version to head to dealers will be an AWD version, scheduled to arrive this March. Following hot on its heels will be a less-expensive FWD iteration, which should arrive just a few months afterwards. The AWD version will carry the designation of xDrive28i, while the FWD iteration will be called the sDrive28i.

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In terms of styling, the X2 will look quite similar to its larger cousin, the X1, with a tall stance, broad proportions, and kidney grille-laden Bimmer fascia. However, the X2 will also be smaller than the X1 in terms of exterior dimensions. Inside, the X1 once again provides the cues, with a horizontal layout, a stand-up digital screen on the dash, and lots of optional high-end materials.

Under the hood, the X2 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s turbocharged to produce 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The AWD iteration starts at $38,400, while we expect the FWD iteration to drop two grand for an MSRP of $36,400.

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Source: Automotive News

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