BMW X2 Concept Previews Coupe-Inspired Compact Crossover
BMW is previewing the upcoming X2 compact crossover with a concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Despite spy photographers catching what we believe is the BMW X2 testing in recent months, the automaker has opted to show off a concept of their upcoming new addition to the compact luxury crossover segment.
Boasting what it calls a “distinctive design that stands apart from that of the other X models,” the Concept X2 is highlighted by large 21-inch wheels, a long wheelbase, stretched roofline, short overhangs and a heavily forward-slanting C-pillar, all contributing to the body having a sporty, low-to-the-road feel. Helping make the concept look slimmer from the side, BMW uses darker cladding in sharp contrast to the Luminous Red paint job for dramatic effect.
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Up front, the BMW Concept X2 has a familiar design with the front apron dominated by a large center air intake found below the kidney grille. The rounded-off design in the rear also features dark cladding below the rear apron, giving it a slimmer look.
Like the existing BMW X4 and X6 models, the X2 features a coupe-like appearance, but will ride on a front-wheel-drive platform like the BMW X1. Expect it to also be offered with the German automaker’s xDrive all-wheel-drive.
“The BMW Concept X2 combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model,” said Karim Habib, head of BMW Design. “This is a sporty vehicle with a bold character, and it allows us to open up some fascinating new design possibilities for the BMW brand.”
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