Meet the BMW Concept X2, the sportier version of the X1

Boasting handsome features
by Vijay Pattni | Oct 1, 2016
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BMW Concept X2

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.

Why?

“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.”

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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.

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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.

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BMW Concept X2

BMW Concept X2

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BMW Concept X2

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made. 

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