When BMW launched the brand new X2 in October 2023, the bottom model was the sDrive20i with a three-cylinder engine. The 1.5-liter mill is nice for 154 horsepower, which some would deem is already too weak to be worthy of the BMW badge, even when it’s a front-wheel-drive compact automobile. Because it seems, there’s an excellent lower-powered model of the crossover-coupe mashup.

Increasingly markets are welcoming the X2 sDrive16i with the identical three-pot dialed down to simply 121 horsepower. No, this isn’t a belated April Fools’ Day prank. The small turbo engine produces 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque, or 10 Nm (7 lb-ft) lower than the X2 sDrive20i. You gained’t be taking down any Nürburgring data for a manufacturing SUV for the reason that dash to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 10.5 seconds and the highest pace is 122 mph (197 km/h).

We discovered the X2 sDrive16i on the market in Singapore the place BMW additionally sells the equal X1 sDrive16i. Each luxurious crossovers route the three-cylinder engine’s energy to the entrance wheels by way of a seven-speed, dual-clutch computerized transmission. As a result of taxes on new vehicles in Singapore are among the many greatest on this planet, the X2 sDrive16i M Sport retails for S$233,888 or a whopping $173,000 / €161,000 at present alternate charges.

The X2 sDrive16i just isn’t the least highly effective BMW within the nation as a result of that function goes to the 116i with the three-cylinder, 1.5-liter gasoline engine rated at simply 107 hp and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque. This base 1 Sequence can be out there in different markets, together with at residence in Germany the place you may nonetheless have it with a six-speed guide gearbox. The 116i bought in Singapore is obtainable strictly with a seven-speed computerized.

Paying $173,000 for a three-cylinder, front-wheel-drive BMW crossover appears absurd and we reckon not that many individuals will line as much as purchase one. One can spend much more by upgrading from the usual 20-inch wheels to a 21-inch set and by ordering the adaptive M suspension that lowers the trip top by 15 millimeters.

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