First shown at the Paris Motor Show in 2016, the Concept X2 wowed crowds with its low-profile roof, and dramatic front end that hinted more at performance and less at the kind of utilitarian functionality of traditional SUVs.
Naturally as the X2 moves towards production it’s had to give up some of its more dramatic show car features, though overall the production concept draws direct connections to the initial concept.
The rendering shows that the neatly detailed slimline headlights and tail lights have become larger, door handles and exterior mirrors have (naturally) been added, and the front bumper air intakes dulled down a little.
Peer even closer and the concept’s bonnet, which meets the grille of the showcar, has been trimmed back with the bumper now encasing the grille - likely to ensure it meets pedestrian impact legislation requirements around the globe and keep a lid on production costs.
The rear gives up its tiny tailgate for one that reaches further into the bumper for ease of loading, and the chunky bumper and big-bore tailpipes have also been toned down.
Despite the changes depicted in the renderings, the X2 maintains the concept’s low roof, M1-inspired roundels in the rear pillars (or at least the impressions for them to mount to), and catfish-like trapezoidal kidney grille.
Mechanically the X2 will take its platform and drivetrains from the existing X1 SUV range meaning a range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, eight-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive depending on the specification.
While these renderings show the car in its most basic trim, BMW will also likely have an M Sport styling enhancement package, with suggestions that a more powerful X2 M could also be in the pipeline which may move the new model even closer to the styling of its concept forebear.
Official details of the production X2 are expected to be rolled out in the lead-up to September’s Frankfurt Motor Show where the X2 is expected to make its public debut.
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