BMW X2 Concept Previews Coupe-Inspired Compact Crossover

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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