While we knew the upcoming BMW X2 wouldn’t retain all those flashy elements found on the concept version, we’re still happy to see how these patent images resemble prototypes that were already spotted multiple times.
It’s always nice to have some type of confirmation, even though these images sourced from the Japanese Patent Office aren’t exactly as conclusive as BMW coming out with a press release and a full gallery.
Still, from what we can see, the car is basically be a toned-down version of the X2 Concept, which made its official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show last year.
BMW’s senior VP, Adrian van Hooydonk described it as being aimed at “active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality,” although what some people saw was another attempt at creating a flashy crossover. Which is good, if you’re a fan of the whole Coupe SUV genre.
At the front, the patent images reveal how the headlights could likely remain angular, but not quite as sharp in terms of design as the ones on the concept. Look close and you’ll spot the differences – overall, they also seem bigger in the patent shots.
Other differences include the smaller front grille, less aggressive front bumper, production-ready door mirrors, a single (and also smaller) exhaust tip, slightly altered taillights plus a regular rear bumper. What’s really interesting though is that all patent images include that little empty circle on the C-pillar, where the concept has a BMW badge. So then, could C-pillar badges become a new trend for BMW? Time will tell.
We’ll also point out that this rendering from last year, meant to depict a production version of the X2 Concept, doesn’t look all that realistic anymore – not with that gigantic grille and ultra-sloped rear end. The real thing appears to be more of a sportier X1.
The good news is, we’re only a little over two months away from the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, where BMW will be unveiling their X2 crossover.