AutoExpress photographers have spotted the brand new BMW X2 in production form. The X2 is the latest addition to the ‘X’ series of BMW which is a merger of crossovers and SUV’s
These shots follow the reveal of the concept X2 at Paris Motor Show in October
Obviously the X2 will be placed in between the X1 and the X3, designated as a Sports Activity Model with smaller side windows and sloping roofline
Through the rear end, the addition of new taillights reflect what was shown on the concept model previously, as well as much of the shape of the car. The wheel arches are now black with a more standard wing mirror shape.
Despite all of the cosmetic changes, the X2 will only go on sale in 2018
How did it do in Paris?
BMW already boast their X6 and X4 models as a Sports Activity Coupe, and the X2 is expected to be the third. Unlike the X6 and X4 however, the X2 concept looks to be slightly more practical in nature
Head of Design, Karim Habib explained that the car “combines the fast moving body language and low slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model”
Design boss Adrian van Hooydonk says the Concept X2 is designed as a vehicle that “combines enjoyment with practicality”
What can we expect from the X2?
Toward the front of the vehicle, the slender highlights boast a unique LED running light signature on the slender headlights with a kidney grille. The front bumper has been made to give it the SUV look and the low roof line and narrow windows are where the X2 really distinguishes itself as a coupe, however it is closer to a hatch than a sports vehicle
Wide wheel arches add some muscle, while the vast 21-inch wheels complete the car’s profile. Towards the rear the raked tailgate isn’t quite like the hatchback rear ends found on an X6 or X4, so the X2 should add more practicality despite its sleek styling
The Concept X2 features a centrally mounted BMW badge flanked by slender tail-lights, while the number plate is set into the bumper, similar in style to the BMW 1 Series hatch
While this design concept looks dramatic, it previews a production model that’s on its way in 2018. Add smaller wheels, change the silver trim to black and stick conventional mirrors on the concept, and you’ve pretty much got the new BMW X2
Details of the range of engines that might power the production X2 haven’t been released, however it’s expect the firm’s 148bhp 18d to power two-wheel drive sDrive models, while the 187bhp 20d and 228 BHP 25d 2.0-litre turbo-diesel units and the 189 BHP 20i petrol will be available in conjunction with the firm’s xDrive four-wheel drive