The Concept X2, introduced back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, impressed many people with its low-profile roof, and dramatic front end. Its looks implied a better performance and it appeared to be less of a utilitarian car such as traditional SUVs.
Did you wonder how a BMW X2 production version would look like? Well, it shouldn't be that hard to imagine. Just take the concept, and bring the styling down a notch by around 25 percent. The Japanese bureau submitted patent drawings of what could be the production-ready BMW X2 last February 22, but these had only been published on July 3rd.
The changes made to the final X2 are likely the same ones you would see on the patent. The slender side mirrors have been replaced with a set of chunkier side mirrors that offer a better view of the back.
Its new design has less aggressive front bumpers, making it more similar to other BMW crossovers. The headlights are no longer as sleek as those on the concept.
And unlike the concept, the sketch added conventional door handles, replacing the invisibles ones. However, the shape of the side window appears to be the same as the concept. Looking at the rear side, the cannon-like exhaust tips have been replaced with a humbler setup, while the production taillights are significantly larger with a squarer shape. For more observant enthusiasts, they'll notice the indentation in the rear quarter panels where you'll find the BMW logo, which remains from the concept.
The very first X2 will be very similar to the concept. BMW actually promised that the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) will remain almost the same as the 2016 showcar. But overall, the patent seems to be a more toned down version of the Paris concept.
The first time we ever saw the X2, previously called “Concept X2”, was back in the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It is meant to be the sportier sibling of the upcoming BMW X1, just like how the X4 and X6 are ‘coupe’ variants of the X3 and X5.
X2 shall make its debut sometime this year, perhaps at the Frankfurt Motor Show so we should be getting more teasers of it in the next couple of months, before it goes on sale in 2018. When it finally makes its public appearance, the company’s SAV will have a numerical sequence that goes all the way up to X6.
Watch out though, as this isn't the only new member of the "X" family. The company plans to develop a larger and more luxurious X7 that the Bavarian company will reveal to us next year.