Text: Anton Andres / Photos: CarPix for Autoindustriya | posted November 17, 2016 08:01
A better look at BMW's upcoming X2 crossover
During the 2016 Paris Motor Show, BMW revealed a concept that will expand the brand's crossover lineup. Dubbed the X2 Concept, it is set to be a sleeker version of BMW's smallest crossover, the X1. Our spies have captured the production version of the BMW's latest baby with significantly less camouflage.
One look at the shape of the production version sees a close resemblance to the concept. Whereas the X1 sports a more upright roofline, the X2's are more sloped towards the rear. Looking through the camouflage, it features current BMW design themes such as a larger kidney grill, 'flame surfacing detail on the hood and on its sides and the signature Hoffmeister Kink.
The headlights and tail lights appear faithful to the concept with upswept units up at front and slim ones at the rear. Differences from the concept include a less aggressive set of bumpers, unpainted body cladding and smaller exhaust pipes. Expect a range of various model lines such as Sport, XLine and M Sport.
While our spies were unable to take a photo of the X2's interior, it is likely that it will be similar to the X1. Given that BMW pitches the X2 as a sportier version of the X1, there may be a few styling touches will be added to differentiate it from its more upright sibling. IDrive and BMW's general interior layout will most likely be seen in the X2.
Being based on the X1, the X2 rides on the OKL platform shared with Mini. This means front wheel drive for Bavara's swoopier small crossover. Engines have yet to be confirmed but expect it to share the engines from the X1. These include a 2.0 liter, four cylinder gas and diesel engines in different states of tune, along with a 1.5 liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder offerings, also seen in the 2 Series Active Tourer.
The 2.0 diesel starts with 150 PS and 330 Nm of torque while the top spec 2.0 diesel puts out 231 PS and 450 Nm of torque. The gas models start with 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque while the top of line models put out 231 PS and 350 Nm. As for the three-cylinder engine, it puts out 136 PS and 220 Nm of torque. Our source adds that a plug-in hybrid may also be in the works.