It is just a small jump from the practical X1 to the more style-focussed X2 model in fully-electric guise
Priced at $85,700 before options and on-road costs, the dual-motor iX2 xDrive30 with 230kW/494Nm will be released in Australia in the first months of 2024 with a more affordable sibling following a few months after that.
Landing in mid-2024, the more affordable $82,900 iX2 sDrive20 loses the second motor to become a cheaper, longer-range front-wheel drive (FWD) proposition with 150kW/247Nm.
While the more upright and practical iX1 currently starts at $78,900 for its FWD sDrive20 model, the popular M Sport styling package is not available on that car.
But the M Sport pack will be standard on both iX2 models reflecting their status as more progressive, coupe-styled models with a sloping roofline.
Both variants share a 64.8kWh (usable / net) battery size which provides 477km of range for the FWD model and 417-449km of driving range for the AWD variant, both assessed on the European WLTP testing cycle.
That equates to consumption of 13.5kWh/100km for the sDrive20 and 14.4-15.5kWh/100km for the xDrive30. Those figures are comparable to other compact electric SUVs, and will be tested independently by Chasing Cars when the iX2 launches locally.
With both iX2 variants being priced beneath the luxury car tax threshold of $89,332, BMW now sells six flavours of EV that can be waived of fringe benefit tax for novated leasing customers.
Both variants can charge at speeds of up to 130kW using DC chargers, while both include the rare feature of 22kW AC charging capability at no extra charge.
Standard specifications for the cheaper iX2 sDrive20 haven’t been announced yet, but BMW has listed the inclusions for the $85,700 xDrive30 AWD model:
The interior is outfitted in BMW’s new animal-free Veganza leather-like interior which can be selected in four colours: black, oyster beige, mocha brown or an X2-exclusive atlas grey/smoke white exclusive. A mix of alcantara and black Veganza is a no-cost option.
An enhancement package costs $3615, and includes most premium paint colours, a panoramic glass sunroof, Harman Kardon premium stereo, heated steering wheel and lumbar support for the front seats with a massage function.
The same package can be had for $2846 if chosen in combination with the free alpine white colour.
Further options including a $4900 M Sport Pro pack (20-inch bi-colour wheels, shadow line lights, M Sport brakes with red callipers and M seat belts) are available, while three different wheel designs can be chosen.
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