The second-generation BMW X2 has arrived, and with it a headlining M35i performance model as part of an initial four-strong line-up that also includes an all-new electric BMW iX2.

Positioned at the top of the new X2 line-up at £47,395, the M-badged model receives a reworked version of BMW’s B48 engine: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol unit with variable valve and camshaft timing, developing 296bhp and 295lb ft of torque.

That’s actually 6bhp and 37lb ft less than the original X2 M35i was given by a previous iteration of the B48, owing primarily to the adoption of a petrol particulate filter and other emissions-reducing measures.

By comparison, its keenest rival, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35, offers 302bhp and the same 295lb ft, although it has a mild-hybrid system, which in addition to improving efficiency gives it an extra 14bhp and 111lb ft for short periods – something that’s lacking on the new BMW for now.

The M35i is one of two ICE X2 models bound for the UK, sitting above the 1.5-litre three-cylinder mild-hybrid turbo petrol sDrive20i (£39,365). However, it’s the only launch model to offer four-wheel drive as standard.

Power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, instead of the eight-speed torque-converter ’box used previously. This operates in combination with a mechanical limited-slip differential and a range of driver assistance systems, all calibrated to M specifications.

With a larger body adding 200mm to its length, 21mm to its width and 64mm to its height, the new M35i is 75kg heavier than the first-generation X2. This combined with the moderate drop in power means the 0-62mph time has extended by 0.4sec to 5.4sec (although the top speed remains governed at 155mph).

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