For a while, rumors of a new BMW SUV had been doing rounds on
the internet. BMW put the rumors to rest when the automaker
finally launched the new compact SUV in it concept form during
the 2016 International Auto Show in Paris. Dubbed the “
2016 BMW X2 Concept ”, the model’s exterior stance is a
departure from the current design language used by other
members of the ‘X’ family.
The 2016 BMW X2 Concept, compact SUV is targeted to urban
dwellers who need to use an SUV as their daily haulers. The
model will offer a nice blend of practicability and
entertainment. Read along to find out more:
2016 BMW X2 Concept Exterior
The new X2 concept is based on the automaker’s new design
language. The model has however borrowed most styling cues from
the X1 and X4 SUVs and adds conceptual features, which
are not likely to make it into the production version; if they
do, it will be in a toned down form.
For a model its size, I must say the concept has a very
intimidating front look. The vehicle comes with BMW’s
signature twin-kidney grille whose elements fall a little lower
than the headlights compared to other BMW models.. The central
air intake on the other hand is mounted closer to the ground
compared to the outer intakes. BMW has used slim LED
headlights that feature blue graphics. An aluminum trim on the
grille completes the excellent front design.
Switching gears to the flanks, the X2 features a glasshouse
that is lower than what we are used to in the current Beemers.
It also features an elongated roofline, which creates an
impression that the car is longer than it actually is. Under
the beltline, the X2 is very muscular with beefy wheel arches
and side skirts that feature a gray trim as well as under-floor
extensions. The sides also feature a brushed aluminum trim on
the window frames, the unique Hofmeister Kink on the quarter
windows and slender side mirrors. The flanks are finished off
with a set of 21-inch wheels that add a dose of aggressiveness
to the model.
At the rear, the X2 features a slim rear window and a beefed-up
horizontal line just above the bumper which give the
model a sporty stance like those of hot-hatchbacks .It also
features huge exhaust outlets at the corners, an
under-floor plate and thin taillights which add to its
Although most of the cues will be toned down for production
purposes, the X2 will still be a very attractive SUV once its
production model hits the market.
2016 BMW X2 Concept Interior
BMW did not say anything about the model’s interior styling
during the Paris Auto Show. In addition, the
model’s windows were heavily tinted so we could not get a sneak
peek of the cabin. I think the X2 may have been just an
exterior showpiece without any cabin styling whatsoever.
However, cabin information will become available when the model
hits the production house, which is not yet confirmed although
there has been some spy shots of a model believed to be the X2
undergoing testing in heavy camouflage. When new information
about the model’s cabin suffices, we will be the first to
inform you. I think that the model’s cabin will adopt the new
design we have seen on the latest models of X1 and X3
Engine and performance
Like the interior, the drive-trains that will power the new X2
are still a mystery as of this writing. However, according to
rumors, the model will derive its juice from a 2.0 L,
turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol mill for the standard models and
a 3.0 L, inline-6 mill for top-of-the range models. In
addition, there will be a couple of diesel mills.
It is not clear whether the model will feature a RWD platform
or a FWD one. Stay tuned, as we will update you on more
information once it is available.
Price and release date
Being just a concept, the automaker did not say anything about
its price. As for the release date, the model may hit
dealerships in the first half of 2018. Before that, BMW may
showcase its production version in a couple of International
Top rivals of the X2 when it hits the market will be the likes
of Audi Q4 and
Range Rover Evoque.