BMW X2 Concept Is A Lean, Mean Subcompact Premium SUV

Basically a sister model to the second generation X1, the Concept X2 previews a production crossover.

Unveiled at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, in a world premiere, it adopts a different design language compared to what we’re used to, and it is described as “a vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality“, according to the brand’s Senior VP, Adrian van Hooydonk.

At the front, the signature ‘kidney’ grille is flanked by the angular laser light headlamps with futuristic graphics, which sit above the aggressive bumper with wide side air intakes. The raked windscreen, lower roofline, and the lack for regular door handles dominate the profile, while at the rear, the study has a more angled tailgate than the one found on the X1, a prominent spoiler, new taillights and double exhaust pipes. Giving it a more hairy-chested look is the plastic cladding, found all around, along with the 21-inch wheels wrapped in treaded tires.

As expected, many of these radical design features will be toned down once the concept hits the assembly line under the X2 moniker, probably in 2017 or 2018, but the five-door layout and sloping roofline will be retained. It will be underpinned by the same architecture as the X1, meaning that FWD will be standard and xDrive AWD will be found on better equipped versions; power should come from the usual assortment of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

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  • CFK

    That Alfa Romeo tails…

  • Gustavo Adriano

    BMW is growing up in each line up, i’m happy with that, and this X2 is very nice, however I think the front bumper is too much polluted…Still, is better than the Audi Q2!

    • Knotmyrealname

      Anything is better than the Q2…

    • Sébastien

      You can’t compare this X2 (a concept car) with a production/market ready Q2.

      • Gustavo Adriano

        Yes I can, have you already saw the others concept-to-production models from BMW? Usually they are basically the same car with minor changes.

  • John Bradley

    Dear Lexus. Please take a good look at the subtlety and style of this design and see if you can wind your horror show designs back in a little. At last an SUV that doesn’t make me want to vomit.

  • TheHake

    I hope they keep the logo on the C-pillar!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      That would be VERY cool.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I don’t see the point to this honestly. I think it should be a 2 door coupe SUV with a convertible version perhaps. X1 through X7. That’s a lot. Perhaps an X8 is coming too?
    I dunno. Model proliferation can be toxic me thinks. And in this case, BMW has got something for everybody, but not sure if those vehicles are excellent at what they do.

  • Tinky-Winky

    The front bumper design looks awful which IMO has become a common problem with recent BMWs.

  • klowik

    Wow! finally something that looks more attractive than Audi.

  • Gustavo Adriano
    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      And asks, “What’s it like up there in the clouds?

      • Tumbi Mtika

        R.I.P. sides

  • MarkoS

    Damn, I hope the new X3 looks this good.

  • fabri99

    It’s not a car I would buy, but I genuinely do not despise the way it looks.

  • Frank

    Looks like a Hyundai Tucson

  • jfalckt

    Such a long way BMW have come with its X-models, I saw a good condition 1st Gen X5 today and it looked severely ungainly and 00’s Korean SUV like, not an insult, just a statement on how fast this segment has moved on.

  • Kannag Don Amenra

    It may have a crease from a Hyundai, a line from a Lexus but then again all cars have round wheels but the thing is, this is distinctly a BMW. The kidney grille and the angel eyes. It’s the little details that matter and inherent BMW design language is strong no matter what the model is. I love it. All other brands need a MASSIVE badge to distinguish themselves. Mercedes used to be like that during the W123, 126, 140 days. You could have spotted them from a mile away.

  • Enter Ranting

    Air vents big enough to suck in a fully grown goose.

  • MyName

    Looks like a Hyundai Tucson

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Now this is nice! Finally bmw is giving us something different

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Although I must say that it stole its side profile from the Hyundai Santa Fe, somewhat.

  • Bob

    I think BMW has successfully desensitized us to ugly front-end designs. Atleast the rest of the design works.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Nice to see BMW paying “hommage” to themselves on the C-pillar.

  • Kash

    Meh. We already know the actual thing won’t look nearly this good.

  • ME

    Why can’t the make a normal 2 door?

  • Bonni Gari Leksmana

    Wait, so you mean Mazda CX-3 with Audi Q2 look? Yes yes, I like it…

  • Smith

    This is a cool looking car, but BMW does not have the balls, and they will make it look like the X1 and X3. Boring!!

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