Paris show – BMW X2 Concept previews new crossover

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BMW Concept X2 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

BMW has unveiled a near-production X2 concept at the Paris Motor Show, giving us a very clear indication of what the regular X2 model will look like when it arrives next year.

Although it won’t be on sale for about 18 months, the final version of the X2 crossover is expected to look similar to this concept version. It will be aimed squarely at similar sporting crossovers like the Range Rover Evoque and expected rivals from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

BMW Concept X2 SUV crossoverThe production X2 will share its platform with the X1 model and upcoming MINI Countryman. BMW has not provided any powertrain information for the concept, so it is possible that there is nothing whatsoever under the bonnet. Production models will probably share engines with the X1 and 2-Series models.

Like the Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept also unveiled today, the BMW Concept X2 has smoothed out its exterior surfacing, with less of the ‘flame surfacing’ than we have seen from BMW over the last 15 years. Door handles are hidden and panel gaps are minuscule, although the front and rear bumpers are far more conventional than the Mercedes.

BMW Concept X2 03Like most concept cars, the Concept X2 rides on oversized wheels, with a low ride height and heavily-tinted glass. All of these elements will need to be ditched for production. Other styling elements are expected to carry over to production, such as the nose design which site the headlights higher than the grille rather than alongside the double-kidney grille in BMW tradition. The narrow side windows are also expected to reflect the final production model.

No interior photos have been provided, suggesting that BMW plans to reveal more of the X2 in coming months, most likely at the Los Angeles Motors Show in November or Geneva in March 2017.

BMW Concept X2 02

Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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