Five months on from its international unveiling, the brand new F39 BMW X2 has made its official debut in Malaysia. The sportier “coupé” cousin of the X1 arrives here just a month after sales began globally, as Munich attempts to take the fight to the Mercedes-Benz GLA for the attention of young urbanites.

Available in just a single variant – the two-wheel drive sDrive20i petrol – the fully-imported (CBU) X2 is priced at RM320,800 on-the-road without insurance. This makes it a whole RM90,000 more expensive than the equivalent locally-assembled (CKD) X1 sDrive20i, which is priced at RM230,800. Included is a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, five years’ free scheduled maintenance and a two-year tyre warranty.

Differentiating the X2 from the X1 is an all-new exterior design, featuring a unique front end with BMW’s first application of a trapezoidal double kidney grille, a low-slung roofline, prominent wheel arch flares and a sportier rear end with L-shaped LED tail lights. There are also BMW roundels on the C-pillars that hark back to early BMW coupés such as the 2000 CS and 3.0 CSL.

Part of the local specification, the M Sport pack adds more aggressive front and rear bumpers and side skirts, highlighted in Dark Shadow grey. There are also body-coloured wheel arch mouldings as well as a tailgate spoiler, plus passive M Sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 10 mm. Sports seats and Aluminium Hexagon Anthracite interior trim feature inside.

Under the bonnet sits BMW’s ubiquitous B48 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder, making 192 hp from 5,000 to 6,000 rm and 280 Nm of torque between 1,350 and 4,600 rpm. All that is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, now also fitted to the X1. The headline figures include a zero-to-100 km/h sprint time of 7.7 seconds, a top speed of 227 km/h and a combined fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 km.

The X2 is touted to provide a sportier driving experience compared to the X1, and to that end, the body is now 10% stiffer than its more practical sibling. The suspension features revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars to suit, while negative camber has been increased at the front to reduce understeer. Meanwhile, the standard M Sport steering has a quicker ratio compared to that of the standard X1.

Standard kit includes full LED headlights, LED fog lights, 19-inch Style 715M double-spoke alloy wheels, Comfort Access keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, six-colour ambient lighting, Parking Assistant, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, a reverse camera and a powered tailgate with hands-free operation.

Also fitted is a Professional navigation with an 8.8-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker sound system. The X2 also comes with the BMW Connected packages that features Intelligent Emergency Call, Teleservices, Concierge Services, BMW Online and BMW Remote Services, among others.

Available colours include Galvanic Gold, Misano Blue and Sunset Orange paired to black Dakota leather upholstery, as well as Black Sapphire with Magma Red Dakota leather. Read our full review from Lisbon, Portugal to find out how the new BMW X2 drives, and you can also browse full specifications and equipment on CarBase.my.