Fashion trends are cyclical, and we are once again in a period where tape-stripes are in.
The latest vehicle to wear them is the BMW X2 M Mesh Edition, which will reach local showrooms next year. BMW has yet to reveal pricing.
It offers bold orange stripes over a Brooklyn Grey or Sapphire Black body. If you opt for Alpine White, Phytonic Blue or Sunset Orange, the stripes are black.
Orange can also be found in the 20-inch alloy wheels, while the grille is finished in high-gloss black. And yes, the inserts are mesh.
Frozen Black-Brown metallic paint is also found on inserts in the bumpers, side skirts and wheel arch trim, while the X2 logo is projected on the ground via the driver’s side, mirror-mounted puddle lamp.
Based on the X2 sDrive20i M Sport X, the M Mesh Edition also adds the BMW Individual Shadow Line package, with high-gloss black trim for the daylight opening and exterior mirrors, as well as black chrome-finished exhaust outlets.
BMW’s nixed the individual front fog lights, though it claims the poor weather light integrated into the headlights is a sufficient substitute.
Inside, there are M sport seats finished in Mocha Dakota leather and Anthracite Alcantara trim with orange contrast stitching. There’s also matching stitching on the instrument panel and centre console, while the headliner is Anthracite and the trim accents are Aluminium Hexagon Anthracite.
Otherwise, the M Mesh Edition is much the same as the M Sport X, with stainless steel pedals and an M leather-wrapped steering wheel. The M Sport X’s optional panoramic sunroof is standard.
The M Mesh Edition is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 141kW of power and 280Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 0-100km/h is accomplished in 7.7 seconds.
Year-to-date, X2 sales are the second lowest in its segment, besting only the discontinued Infiniti Q30/QX30 range.
With 441 sales to the end of August, the X2 is being outsold by the Jaguar E-Pace (512), Mini Countryman (584), Audi Q2 (836) and Lexus UX (911).