BMW Gives The X2 The Power It Deserves With New M35i Trim


A 306 horsepower four-cylinder sounds good to us.

For a while now, we knew that BMW was set to reveal a more powerful version of its X2 Sports Activity Coupe, rumored to be called the X2 M35i. Up until now, the only power option in the X2 was the 28i, which was powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 228 horsepower going out to front- or all-wheel-drive. Now BMW has finally revealed the X2 M35i in all its semi-M glory.

As with models like the M240i or M550i, the X2 M35i isn't a fully-fledged M car, but it has been tweaked with plenty of M Performance parts. The 2.0-liter engine now produces 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque going out through an eight-speed automatic to standard all-wheel-drive. With launch control, 0-60 now takes just 4.9 seconds, which is a big improvement over the 28i, which takes 6.6 seconds.

In addition to the power upgrades, the X2 M235i has also been fitted with an adaptive M Sport suspension and M Sport front differential. One of our biggest criticisms of the X2 was the lackluster steering feel, but BMW says this M-tuned version features an M Sport steering system that delivers more feedback to the driver.

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Visually there are a few styling cues to set this apart from a standard X2. Larger 19-inch M Sport light alloy wheels are standard and 20-inch M Sport wheels are optional. On the interior, BMW has given this X2 exclusive M Sport seats that really dress up the interior and make it feel special. This new X2 looks like it will fix many of our criticisms of the base car and we can't wait to get behind the wheel and drive it.