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Spied: Sleek BMW X2 goes around The Ring

Spied: Sleek BMW X2 goes around The Ring image

Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | April 27, 2017 08:53

BMW to expand small crossover lineup with all-new X2

The Green Hell has been busy for the past couple of days thanks to BMW who was recently testing a series of crossovers around the track. Apart from the X7 and next-gen X5, the company was also seen testing its mini crossover called the X2.

First spotted back in December 2016, the sleek-looking X2 originally debuted as a concept car that previewed an all-new model that will essentially be a sleeker version of the X1 (Much like how the X6 and X4 are the sportier versions of the X5 and X3 respectively).

Spied: Sleek BMW X2 goes around The Ring

In terms of design, it looks like the production X2 will remain faithful to the concept design, though this particular prototype features some minor changes. Compared to the X2 test mule seen several months ago, this one gets an updated exterior. Immediately apparent is the new front bumper which greatly differs from the first prototype. Also getting some minor tweaks are the headlights which now have a clearer design.

A larger set of alloy wheels are also present on this particular X2, which could indicate this is a more powerful variant. The roofline, on the other hand, is lower than the X1's more upright design. Meanwhile, the taillights get the familiar L-shape design. Side by side with the concept, the production version has a more conservative design.

Side profile of the BMW X2 prototype

Since it sits on the same platform of the X1, it is highly likely that the X2 is underpinned by the UKL platform, which is also shared with Mini. This meant that the X2 will be available with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

The X1 engine lineup could also make its way in the X2. Currently, the X1 is available with four TwinPower Turbo engine options. The first two are turbo-diesels that displace 1.6- and 2.0-liters. On the other hand, the last two are turbocharged gasoline motors that are available in 1.5 and 2.0-liter displacements.

Rear quarter of the BMW X2 prototype

The all-new BMW X2 is highly likely to make its world debut sometime this year.