New 2018 BMW X2: coupe SUV to keep concept car looks

BMW is all set to expand its SUV lineup with a new BMW X2 Sports Activity Vehicle to slot in between the X1 and X3.

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The Concept X2 was BMW’s star at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September, and buyers will be pleased to hear that the production BMW X2 will remain largely unchanged. Our exclusive image previews the car, which promises a virtually identical profile to the Concept X2 and many of the same sporty details.

While the large wheels and stylised headlights and mirrors may not appear, we have been told to expect the unique kidney grille to remain, along with the aggressive kink to the rear window line. There will also be a roof spoiler and rising waistline that smoothly transitions into slim tail-lights.

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The new BMW X2 will share the X1’s petrol and diesel engines, which means all will be turbocharged and have four cylinders. While there may be a front-drive sDrive18d, most X2s will use xDrive four-wheel drive.

Auto Express also understands that a sportier M-developed high-performance version of the X2 is in the pipeline. This could be powered by an uprated version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine, and the car could carry the BMW M25i badge.

We’ll see the finished X2 production car at the end of 2017, ahead of deliveries in 2018. Prices are expected to start at just under £30,000 to position the car between the current X1 and an all-new BMW X3, due for launch in mid-2017.

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BMW X2 spy shots

The upcoming X2 addition to BMW’s ‘X’ line-up of SUVs and crossovers – has already been spotted testing by our spy photographers in production form. The pictures are more revealing than previous shots of the car, which will be designated as a Sports Activity Model, with coupe styling influences such as the sloping roofline and small side windows.

Around the back we can see the X2’s new taillights, unsurprisingly similar to the ones fitted to the concept car. Overall, these images confirm that the silhouette of the production X2 is virtually unchanged from the concept version, bar a few subtle changes. The rear bumper appears to have been toned down from the concept, it gets smaller wheels, the cladding around the wheel arches has turned black, and the wing mirrors appear more conventional.

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BMW Concept X2 previews new SUV in Paris

The X2 will be the third Sports Activity Coupe to be launched by BMW, following on from the larger X6 and X4, although the Concept X2 does have a more practical look about it.

According to design boss Adrian van Hooydonk, the Concept X2 is designed as a vehicle that “combines enjoyment with practicality”, while Head of Design Karim Habib highlighted that the car “combines the fast-moving body languge and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model”.

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Up front, there’s a large kidney grille flanked by slender headlights with a unique LED running light signature, while the big front bumper and silver lower trim give it a rugged SUV look. Further back, the low roof line and narrow windows are where the Concept X2 delivers on the coupe design cues, although it’s more like a hatch than sports car.

There are sharply angled C-pillars featuring BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink and a BMW roundel, which is a nod to sports cars such as the BMW CSL, which featured badges in the same place.

Wide wheelarches add some muscle, while the vast 21-inch wheels complete the car’s profile. At the back, 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.

From the rear, 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

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The Concept X2 is purely an exterior study with its blacked-out windows, but the production model is very likely to use the same cabin layout as the firm’s X1. The production version will be based on that car’s UKL2 platform that also underpins the firm’s 2 Series Active and Gran Tourer MPVs. This means that the X2 will be the fourth front-wheel drive BMW to join the line-up.

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