The BMW X2 concept will influence a production model, set to sell for around £30,000 late next year; it’ll share many parts with the X1 but has a more sporting character
28 September 2016

A concept for the 2017 BMW X2 will be revealed at the Paris motor show tomorrow, and BMW has released a single teaser image of the SUV onto Twitter.

The BMW X2 concept has now been revealed. Click here to view it.

The concept will influence a production model that will go on sale during the latter half of 2017, officials from the German car maker have revealed. So far, only development versions of the X2 have been seen.

Sister model to the recently introduced second-generation X1, the X2 will become the sixth SUV model to join the BMW 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, which is also planned to get its first public airing at the Paris motor show. 

The X2 will rival the Range Rover Evoque, and will be priced from around £30,000. It has been conceived as a sporting alternative to the X1 in much the same way the X4 provides a more dynamic take on the X3 and the X6 acts as a more performance orientated option to the X5.

BMW marketing insiders say the X2 is intended to appeal to buyers who may have traditionally opted for a sporting hatchback yet seek the added security of the high seating position offered by an SUV.

The new X2 is described as being “more adventurous” in appearance than that of the smartly styled X1, despite the two sharing the same basic structural hard points.

Prototypes seen testing revealed that the production version of the X2 has a bluff front end dominated by a large kidney shaped grille and heavily profiled bonnet – a look largely shared with the X1.

Further back, the new BMW boasts a more heavily raked windscreen and significantly lower roofline than its mechanically identical sibling, giving it a more sporting profile.

The flanks are characterized by shapely front fenders and a prominent swage line running from the edge of the headlamps all the way through to the forward point of the tail lamps, while the rear features a hatchback-style tailgate that features a separate opening rear window for ease of loading in tight space.   

Inside, the X2 shares its dashboard and cabin appointments with the second-generation X1. Despite similar dimensions, the new X2 will not offer quite the same accommodation or luggage capacity, because in part to its lower roofline and more heavily angled tailgate.  

As with the X1, the new X2 will offer a range of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Included in the launch line-up will one petrol variant in the form of the  X2 xDrive20i, which runs a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine delivering 189bhp. It will be joined by three diesels all powered by BMW’s widely used turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel: the X2 xdrive18d with 148bhp, the X2 xDrive20d with 187bhp and the X2 xDrive25d with 227bhp.

Gearbox choice 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 the least powerful diesel engine option used by the X2 xDrive18d.

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12 August 2016
BMW. A model for every kind of customer. Endless engine/drivetrain choices, sensible specs, profitable options if the customer wants them, and Ford, well they're just Ford, head in the sand, haemorrhaging cash. Headless chicken Management, fire sale attitudes.

15 August 2016
Marc wrote:

BMW. A model for every kind of customer. Endless engine/drivetrain choices, sensible specs, profitable options if the customer wants them.

Yep, and every single one of them driven by someone who apparently has a massive inferiority complex and has to act like a complete to$$er, ignoring unbroken white lines and cutting straight across, doesn't indicate, exceeds the speed limits, overtakes on the inside, thinks his high viz rear light is "a little light mist light" etc. etc. etc. But hey, why single out BMW drivers; Audi seem to select from the same shallow end of the gene pool...

19 August 2016
pauld101 wrote:
Marc wrote:

BMW. A model for every kind of customer. Endless engine/drivetrain choices, sensible specs, profitable options if the customer wants them.

Yep, and every single one of them driven by someone who apparently has a massive inferiority complex and has to act like a complete to$$er, ignoring unbroken white lines and cutting straight across, doesn't indicate, exceeds the speed limits, overtakes on the inside, thinks his high viz rear light is "a little light mist light" etc. etc. etc. But hey, why single out BMW drivers; Audi seem to select from the same shallow end of the gene pool...

What an idiot you are. Clearly you ignore the thousands of vauxhall, ford, kia, citroen etc drivers who are every bit as bad or worse.

20 August 2016
pauld101 wrote:
Marc wrote:

BMW. A model for every kind of customer. Endless engine/drivetrain choices, sensible specs, profitable options if the customer wants them.

Yep, and every single one of them driven by someone who apparently has a massive inferiority complex and has to act like a complete to$$er, ignoring unbroken white lines and cutting straight across, doesn't indicate, exceeds the speed limits, overtakes on the inside, thinks his high viz rear light is "a little light mist light" etc. etc. etc. But hey, why single out BMW drivers; Audi seem to select from the same shallow end of the gene pool...

Every single one. Are you sure?

12 August 2016
Every time a new Car comes out it seems these Days there are umpteen variants,two door,four door,five door,hatchback 2/4 door,estate,grand estate,mini SUV,SUV2/4 door,i'm amazed by how much choice there can be,i just think there's to much,it becomes baffling,what color,engine,option packs,wheels choices,your left wondering which is the best at a price you had in your head,call me cynical,but i think niches are slang for making money out of the bewildered because you can't make a choice because you might end up paying more than you want to.

Peter Cavellini.

12 August 2016
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Every time a new Car comes out it seems these Days there are umpteen variants,two door,four door,five door,hatchback 2/4 door,estate,grand estate,mini SUV,SUV2/4 door,i'm amazed by how much choice there can be,i just think there's to much,it becomes baffling,what color,engine,option packs,wheels choices,your left wondering which is the best at a price you had in your head,call me cynical,but i think niches are slang for making money out of the bewildered because you can't make a choice because you might end up paying more than you want to.

Choosing model, options, cost is as simple or as confusing as you want it to be. Perhaps those that are bewildered deserve to have the piss taken. It really isn't that difficult.

13 August 2016
Do we need so many to choose from?

Peter Cavellini.

14 August 2016
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Do we need so many to choose from?

Of course not. We don't even need a car. Why does a supermarket of 1000's of different food products when we can survive and thrive on a very basic diet of a few foods. It's just business, it makes us spend more and makes them more money.

19 August 2016
Peter Cavellini wrote:

Do we need so many to choose from?

So you want limited choice!? You dont have to view every car in the showroom you know.

12 August 2016
However an interesting question is how long will it take the keen photocopiers at Audi and Porsche to clone this Beemer?

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