Our first look at BMW’s all-new small SUV has landed, by way of schematic drawings registered with Japanese patent authorities
The design of the new BMW X2 appears to have been leaked in a series of renderings submitted to Japanese patent authorities, revealing the all-new member of BMW’s ‘X’ line-up of SUVs goes on sale in 2018.
The newly unearthed images reveal that the production X2 will stay very close to design of the X2 concept car revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. Looking head on at the car it retains the same distinctive shape, but some elements – such as the flared grilles and sleek headlights – have been predictably toned down for production. It also sports a rather conventional pair of mirrors compared to the impossibly thin set present on the concept.
Looking side on, the production X2 carries over a near identical profile, boasting the same lines and window openings – even the badge on the C-pillar will be carried over for production.
Changes at the rear are a bit more noticeable. The large, chunky bash plate of the concept, along with its two exhaust exits, has been changed. Instead a smaller skid plate is present, while basic models will get a modest single exhaust poking out of the rear. The taillights have also swollen in size.
The leaked renders complement the any spy shots we’ve published of the X2, including pictures of this recent sighting at the Nurburgring. The race track location and sporty, low profile tyres strongly suggest that BMW is already hard at work prepping a performance variant of the X2.
The most basic versions of the new X2 will share the X1’s petrol and diesel engines, which means all will be turbocharged and have four cylinders. While there may be a front-drive sDrive18d, most X2s will use xDrive four-wheel drive.
The sportier M-developed high-performance version, which could be pictured here may be powered by an uprated version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine, and the car could carry the BMW M25i badge.
We’ll see the finished X2 production car at the end of 2017, ahead of deliveries in 2018. Prices are expected to start at just under £30,000 to position the car between the current X1 and an all-new BMW X3, due for launch in mid-2017.
BMW X2 spotted on road
The upcoming X2 had already been spotted testing by our spy photographers in production form on the road. BMW says it will be designated as a Sports Activity Model, with coupe styling influences such as the sloping roofline and small side windows.
Around the back we can see the X2’s new taillights, unsurprisingly similar to the ones fitted to the concept car. Overall, these images confirm that the silhouette of the production X2 is virtually unchanged from the concept version, bar a few subtle changes. The rear bumper appears to have been toned down from the concept, it gets smaller wheels, the cladding around the wheel arches has turned black, and the wing mirrors appear more conventional.
BMW Concept X2 previews new SUV in Paris
The X2 will be the third Sports Activity Coupe to be launched by BMW, following on from the larger X6 and X4, although the Concept X2 does have a more practical look about it.
According to design boss Adrian van Hooydonk, the Concept X2 is designed as a vehicle that “combines enjoyment with practicality”, while Head of Design Karim Habib highlighted that the car “combines the fast-moving body languge and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model”.
Up front, there’s a large kidney grille flanked by slender headlights with a unique LED running light signature, while the big front bumper and silver lower trim give it a rugged SUV look. Further back, the low roof line and narrow windows are where the Concept X2 delivers on the coupe design cues, although it’s more like a hatch than sports car.
There are sharply angled C-pillars featuring BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink and a BMW roundel, which is a nod to sports cars such as the BMW CSL, which featured badges in the same place.
Wide wheelarches add some muscle, while the vast 21-inch wheels complete the car’s profile. At the back, the raked tailgate isn’t quite like the hatchback rear ends found on an X6 or X4, so the X2 should add more practicality despite its sleek styling.
From the rear, the Concept X2 features a centrally mounted BMW badge flanked by slender tail-lights, while the number plate is set into the bumper, similar in style to the BMW 1 Series hatch.
The Concept X2 is purely an exterior study with its blacked-out windows, but the production model is very likely to use the same cabin layout as the firm’s X1. The production version will be based on that car’s UKL2 platform that also underpins the firm’s 2 Series Active and Gran Tourer MPVs. This means that the X2 will be the fourth front-wheel drive BMW to join the line-up.