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BMW Concept X2 revealed at Paris motor show

30th Sep 2016 10:46 am

The X2 concept previews a new SUV that will go on sale internationally in the second quarter of 2018

The BMW Concept X2 has been revealed at the Paris motor show. The concept previews the exterior appearance of a new SUV that'll go on sale internationally in the second quarter of 2018.

Sister model to the recently introduced second-generation X1, the X2 will become the sixth SUV model to join BMW’s international line-up and the second to be based on its highly versatile UKL platform – the same structure that underpins the upcoming second-generation Mini Countryman.

The X2 has been conceived as a sporting alternative to the X1, in the same way the X4 is a more dynamic take on the X3, and the X6 Active as a more performance-orientated option to the X5. The positioning is reflected in the styling of the new model, which BMW design boss, Karim Habib, describes as “combining the fast moving body language and low slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model.”

The Concept X2 receives a distinctive front end dominated by a heavily structured bumper with a large central air duct and oversized air curtains on the outer edges. It is combined with a uniquely shaped kidney grille that widens from top to bottom and is bordered by a heavy swathe of brushed aluminium. Meanwhile, an impression of technical precision is provided by angular laser light headlamps with intricate graphics that mimic BMW’s traditional twin Corona ring design with blue design highlights.

Further back, BMW’s latest concept boasts a heavily profiled bonnet as well as greater rake to its windscreen, lower roofline and more angled tailgate than the X1, giving it a sportier profile. At the rear, there is a prominent spoiler atop the tailgate, uniquely styled tail-lamps and high-mounted bumper – the latter of which provides the luggage compartment with an unusually high loading lip.

Although many of the more detailed styling touches of the Concept X2 are expected to be toned down in the production stage, key elements such as the sporty silhouette and five-door layout are set to be retained in a move that will see the new BMW compete directly with other style-led SUV offerings, including the five-door Range Rover Evoque and Audi’s upcoming Q4.

As with the X1, the new X2 will offer a range of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. These include one petrol variant in the form of the X2 xDrive20i, which runs a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine delivering 192hp. It will be joined by three diesels, all powered by BMW’s widely used turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel – the X2 xdrive18d with 150hp, the X2 xDrive20d with 193hp and the X2 xDrive25d with 230hp. Also planned is a sporting M-Performance model using a more heavily tuned version of the X2 xDrive20i’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder developing around 304hp.

Gearbox choices will include a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic along with the choice of either rear- or four-wheel drive in combination with selected engines.

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