The BMW X6 is a sportier, swoopier version of the X5. Ditto the X4 to the X3. And so we come to today’s new micro-niche, the new BMW Concept X2. As you guessed, it's a sportier version of the X1.
“The BMW Concept X2 is a vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality,” said BMW’s senior VP Adrian van Hooydonk. “The concept displays a new and exciting facet of the BMW brand within the compact segment.”
Quite. So, it will share a platform with that X1, which is also used for the 2-Series GT and Mini Countryman, and will likely come with all of the X1’s 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel-engined offerings, in various power outputs.
Looking at the Concept X2’s rather handsome features (that enormous grille, those huge air intakes, ‘muscular’ surfaces and so forth) and the continual mention of a sporting philosophy by BMW, surely a hotter X2 is also being considered? Something like an X2M, with a turbo’d straight-six and many horses?
Only time will tell. “The BMW Concept X2 combines the fast-moving body language and slow-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model,” added BMW’s chief designer Karim Habib.
Expect to see the production version, which will carry the same outline only with less concept garnish, in 2018.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.