BMW Concept X2: Compact charmer headed to the showroom

By Bob Nagy on September 29, 2016 9:34 AM

Offering a bold new take on an upcoming small sporting crossover, the BMW Concept X2 made its debut in Paris. Believed to be based on the same UKL platform that underpins the X1, this evocatively styled exercise matches a strong coupe-like character with the added versatility of a hatch in genuinely striking manner. “The BMW Concept X2 is a vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality,” notes Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The concept displays a new and exciting facet of the BMW brand within the compact segment.”

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From its aggressive front end to its sleekly sculpted tail, the Concept X2 exudes a powerful presence, counterpointing a bold new take on the automaker’s signature twin-kidney grille and oversize air intakes with an equally dramatic rear fascia treatment dominated by a pair of oversized exhaust outlets. The Concept X2’s profile view is equally striking, matching crisp body contours with a more steeply raked windshield, slimmer greenhouse and a flowing roofline that resolves into a dramatic C-pillar complete with a BMW Rondel. With its flared fenderwells packing meaty all-terrain tires wrapped around 21-inch light-alloy wheels, the Concept X2 adds a bit more visual kick and aero slick with a functional rear decklid spoiler.

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No details were shared -- or shown -- about the Concept X2’s interior, and BMW also had nothing to say officially about what powertrain choices the production version will offer. Given its derivation, it’s almost certain to share engines, transmissions and driveline configurations with its more SUV-like X1 sibling. A volume-build version of the X2 – which likely will lose some of its more exotic one-off touches but retain all of the fundamental design elements – is due to start rolling off the assembly line in the spring of 2018. As for when it will be making an appearance here in America, all a BMW rep would say is that “details will be provided at a later date.”

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