The second generation of BMW’s small X2 utility has arrived, and this time it’s a standout on its own.

Rather than just being a less practical cousin to the X1, the 2024 X2’s takes its “Sports Activity Coupe” design in a more robust direction. That includes a taller front end and seven-inches added length for more usable interior room. Both the xDrive28i and M35i xDrive use a turbocharged inline-four and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive is standard. Expect pricing to start in the low 40’s.

True to its promise, Kia has priced their EV9 three-row EV utility more reasonably than rivals, starting at $56,395.

Of course, that’s for the base rear drive model. All-wheel drive starts in the mid 60’s, working up to just over 75K for a top-trim GT-Line. Kia also published the EV9’s official EPA range estimates, able to reach up to 304 miles with a long-range battery and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive range is up to 280 miles. The standard range rear drive EV9 is rated at 230 miles.

Meanwhile, Toyota is adding a new level of fun to their surprising GR Corolla Hot Hatchback. There’s a new Premium Grade for ’24, and it slots between the entry-level Core model and the upgraded Circuit Edition. It adds more performance hardware and interior enhancements; while forgoing certain Circuit add-ons, like the forged carbon roof and hood vents.

Finally, Porsche unveiled the 911 GT3 R rennsport at this year’s Rennsport reunion.

Output from its GT3-derived 4.2-liter boxer-six has been upped to 611 horsepower. The suspension is similar to what’s found in the GT3 race car, but the body has been almost entirely reworked. Solely for track use, it’s limited to just 77 units, each starting just over a cool one-millions dollars.

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