BMW’s X2 gets new clothes and a unique brand first

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Words: Matthew Hansen
26 Jan 2021

The BMW X2 feels like a somewhat forgotten player in the premium compact SUV space-race, despite being one of the sweetest to drive and despite featuring one of the most iconic badges. To give the nameplate a little mid-life boost, BMW New Zealand has confirmed a new model for the local line-up.

It’s called the X2 Mesh Edition, and can be immediately delineated via its retina-searing orange highlights on the bodywork, unique 20-inch M wheels, and cabin stitching. If you don’t like the striping, it also comes in black when you order a white or blue one.

There’s a few other exterior changes, too. The grille is formed out of piano black plastic, as is a ring around the rear BMW emblem — both of which tie in with the ‘Black Chrome’ twin exhaust pipes. Look closely too, and you’ll notice that the exterior cladding isn’t black … it’s ‘Mocha’ brown.

Inside, buyers get more Mocha, this time on the leather and associated trim, contrasting against the aforementioned orange stitching and some black Alcantara. New sport pedals and stainless steel sill plates on the door thresholds all come with model-specific branding, too. Same goes for the puddle light, too.

The Mesh Edition is based on the sDrive20i, meaning it comes with the same 141kW/280Nm turbofour paired to the same 8-speed transmission. Plant your foot and it’ll zoom to 100km/h in a commendable 7.7 seconds.

Pricing starts at $77,900 plus on-road costs. BMW New Zealand says the new features add $9000 of value to the model, which makes it a reasonable deal compared to the standard $75,300 sDrive20i.

All in all, the Mesh Edition doesn’t represent radical change for the nameplate and BMW. What is different, however, is how you buy one. BMW’s local arm is offering the model as an online exclusive at its new BMW Store website.

The online buying process is said to be a relatively simple four-step exercise, with delivery set to take just a handful of days for each order. BMW also boasts that its revamped site allows customers to book test drives as well as engage in live chat if they have any questions.

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