Spied: Upcoming BMW X2 goes extreme weather testing


BMW X2 puts its all-wheel drive system to the test

Last month, BMW's upcoming addition to their crossover lineup was spotted with less camouflage. As the launch date of the X2 draws closer, BMW is putting the small crossover to the test with a spot of extreme weather driving.

The BMW X2 was first previewed during the 2016 Paris Motor Show in concept form. With the introduction of this model, it is set to be a sleeker version of BMW's smallest crossover, the X1. Being based on the X1, the X2 rides on the same OKL platform shared with Mini, as well as the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer. This means front wheel drive for Bavara's swoopier small crossover for the two wheel drive models. It will also be available with xDrive all-wheel drive.

Looking through the camoflague, the headlights and tail lights appear faithful to the concept with upswept units up at front and slim ones at the rear. Its roofline is lower than the upright X1 has a smaller rear windshield. Differences from the concept include a less aggressive set of bumpers, unpainted body cladding and smaller exhaust pipes. Following BMW's trend of giving various lines to models, expect the X2 to come in Sport, X-Line and M Sport.

As for engines, these are likely to be carried over from the X1. The X1 engine range includes a 1.6 and 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo diesel, 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo gas and a 1.5 liter inline-3 TwinPower Turbo engine. Our sources also mentioned that a more potent M Performance model may be in the works.

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