Anton Andres / Japan Patent Office | July 05, 2017 11:29
Leaked patent images reveal design of upcoming BMW X2
We might not have to wait much longer for the 2018 BMW X2. After several spy photos, a recent leaked document reveals the look of BMW's smallest crossover coupe. These patent images show that the X2 features a toned-down version of the Concept X2 which was shown in Paris late last year.
The model seen in the patent image is a non-M Sport model.This is evidenced by the lack of a deep chin spoiler, thick cladding on the side and a rounded rear bumper. Compared to the concept, the car in the patent photo has larger headlights and a less aggressive corner air intake treatment. Also seen are the high-mounted fog lights and a slimmer center intake.
Meanwhile, the side profile is mostly carried over from the concept with its sloping roof line and its upward sweeping window line. Also carried over is the integrated tailgate spoiler. It does lose the flush door handles, as well as the slim side mirrors. Instead, it comes with larger mirrors and pull-type door handles instead. It is also worth noting that the rear quarter window has been extended as well.
At the rear, the high loading sill has been replaced by a more practical low loading height. Like the front of the car, the rear design has also been toned down. The large dual tailpipes are gone and in their place is a more conventional placement at the lower left corner. Also, the tail lights are slightly larger than the ones seen in the concept and has a slightly different pattern as well. Overall, the X2 has enough differences to differentiate it from its more upright sibling, the X1.
Last April, our spies were able to take photos of the prototype version of the upcoming X2 being driven at the Nurburgring. Comparing it with the patent images, it seems the production version will remain faithful to the original design. These include the prominent front and rear fascia, large alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires and coupe-like roofline.
Like the X1, the X2 will ride on the Mini-derived UKL platform meaning the range will start out with front wheel drive. xDrive all-wheel drive will be an option and likely standard for higher-spec models. As for the engine lineup, there are still no solid details but expect the X1 engine lineup to make its way to the X2.