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New BMW X2, iX2 production starts, arrives in Australia in 2024

Production of the second-generation, ‘U10’ 2024 BMW X2 has kicked off in Germany, including the all-new iX2 fully electric version. BMW Australia recently confirmed the local lineup details and prices, ahead of its arrival next year.

The new X2 and iX2 is being produced at BMW’s Regensburg plant in Germany, which recently welcomed new night shift operations and expanded facilities to accommodate the new models. BMW is planning to invest 350 million euros at the plant by the end of this year, and it will open up around 500 new jobs in the process.

First 2024 BMW iX2 production model

BMW unveiled the new models a few weeks ago. The small coupe-style SUV sports a chiselled new exterior design and hugely upgraded interior, similar to its wagon-shaped brother, the X1 and iX1. Like those, the U10 X2 rides on BMW’s UKL2 platform.

In Australia, customers are being presented with two variants of the iX2, including the eDrive20 and xDrive30. Both are powered by a 64.8kWh battery, but the 20 offers a range of 477km while the 30 covers 449km.

The eDrive20 variant features a single electric motor at the front axle that develops up to 150kW. There’s also a temporary ‘boost’ function available. An acceleration figure for the 0-100km/h sprint is yet to be confirmed.

Stepping up to the xDrive30 introduces a second electric motor, added to the rear axle. Combined, the system produces a meaty 230kW and 494Nm, which is enough to see 0-100km/h done and dusted in just 5.6 seconds.

Both variants come standard with 22kW AC charging functionality, which means customers can recharge quicker at home with a full three-phase wallbox. The system can also take in up to 130kW using a DC fast-charger.

Standard features for the eDrive20 for Australia are yet to be confirmed, but the xDrive30 will come with a 10.7-inch media screen and 10.25-inch instrument cluster, all running BMW’s 9.0 operating software. See below for the full list of highlights.

BMW’s Regensburg plant currently produces around 1000 vehicles every weekday, consisting of the 1 Series, X1 and X2, and now the iX2. Plant director Armin Ebner said:

“With production of the BMW X2 and its fully-electric variant, the BMW iX2, we continue to set the pace, here in Regensburg, for the ramp-up of electromobility. That we are now building a second fully-electric model here in Upper Palatinate will boost the site’s production volume.”

The iX2 xDrive30 is scheduled to land Down Under during the first quarter of 2024, with the eDrive20 to follow mid-year. BMW Australia has confirmed the new X2 petrol model will arrive in local showrooms next year as well.

See below for the starting prices of the iX2 and standard features of the xDrive30 (excluding on-road costs):

2024 BMW iX2 eDrive20: $82,900
2024 BMW iX2 xDrive30: $85,700

iX2 xDrive30 standard equipment (Australia)

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system
  • 2-zone auto climate control
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • Automatic tailgate
  • BMW Digital Premium (90-day trial)
  • BMW Iconic Glow illuminated kidney
  • BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
  • BMW Live Cockpit Pro 10.7in and 10.25in curved widescreen display, with Operating System 9
  • Comfort Access and digital key
  • DAB digital radio
  • Driving Assistant Professional with steering and lane control system, active cruise control including Stop&Go and blind-spot monitor
  • Electric seat function, front row
  • Head-up display
  • Instrument panel in Sensatec
  • M headliner in Anthracite
  • M Sport package
  • BMW Iconic Sounds electric
  • 22kW AC onboard charging capability
  • 130kW DC onboard charging capability
  • Flexible fast charge cable (Mode 2)
  • Public charging cable (Mode 3)
  • 12-month Chargefox subscription

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic, but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.
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