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What specific X2 variant is BMW selling in PH?

Just so you know why exactly it costs P4.39 million

Like the mesmerizing color? It's called Galvanic Gold. PHOTO FROM BMW

Last weekend, BMW Philippines (SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation) held its Joyfest 2018 event in Bonifacio Global City, where it officially launched and displayed the all-new (and first-ever) X2 subcompact crossover SUV. On our Facebook page, we shared a photo of a blue unit parked outside the event tent and mentioned the selling price in the caption: P4,390,000. Readers are now asking for the specifics behind that amount—that is, the exact variant of the Philippine-market X2, the engine it is equipped with, and the major features thrown in.

Our market is getting the X2 xDrive20d M Sport X. PHOTOS FROM BMW

First things first: The X2 for our market is the diesel-powered xDrive20d M Sport X (yes, it’s a mouthful). Under its hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo oil-burner that generates 190hp and 400Nm, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and complemented by the brand’s xDrive “intelligent” all-wheel drive. This combo is good enough for a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 7.7 seconds. In Europe, fuel consumption has been tested to be at nearly 22km/L for this engine.

BMW roundels on the C-pillars remind us of the 3.0 CSL. PHOTOS FROM BMW

Outside, the X2 boasts full LED headlights and fog lights; Frozen Gray finish for the wheel arches, the lower body cladding, and the front bumper’s hexagonal element; LED taillights at the back; two separate 90mm tailpipes; 19-inch alloy wheels; and BMW roundels on the C-pillars à la 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL.

Nineteen-inch wheels are standard. The design is okay. PHOTOS FROM BMW

Inside, the X2 has aluminum hexagon anthracite surfaces for the dashboard and the interior door panels; ambient lighting that offers six colors (white, blue, orange, lilac, mint and bronze); “micro hexagon” cloth with Alcantara anthracite for the seat material; and a cargo compartment that can swallow 470L of your stuff.

You can choose from six colors for the cabin lighting. PHOTOS FROM BMW

Some of the tech toys found in this new X vehicle include various driving modes (Comfort, Eco, Pro and Sport) for a unique motoring experience; the much-vaunted M Sport suspension that gives the car a lower ride height (by 10mm); a 6.5-inch touchscreen display for the iDrive system’s functions; and a convenient electronic parking assistant that makes parallel-parking a cinch.

Are these specs and features worth P4.39 million to you? At the very least, we can all (hopefully) agree that the X2 looks stunning enough to make writing a check for that amount a lot easier.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.