Smooth and swoopy coupe-esque four-door X2 due for production in 2018.
BMW has filled in the last slot on its list of X cars, previewing a new sporty crossover that will be known as the X2 when it launches in 2018.
The Concept X2 that was unveiled at the Paris motor show this week also heralds the introduction of a new design language for the Bavarian brand, with more overt use of its better known style signatures like the Hoffmeister kick and the kidney grille.
The show car differs from the five-door X1 by using a much more aggressively raked windscreen, giving the X2 a cab-back, long-bonnet silhouette.
And while the cartoonish wheels and razor-thin door mirrors will disappear from the production version, the Concept X2 appears to be very close to the final product.
The production car will share its underpinnings with the X1 and forthcoming Mini Countryman, which use BMW’s modular UKL architecture. While no final spec details have dropped, expect the X2 to mirror the X1’s array of drivetrains, including a 2.0-litre turbo four, a brace of small diesels and all- and front-wheel-drive layouts.
The X4’s main rivals will be the forthcoming Audi Q4 and Mercedes-Benz’s GLA crossovers, along with the Range Rover Evoque.
BMW Australia’s general manager of corporate communications Lenore Fletcher said that the X models have always performed well in Australia, particularly the X4 and X6.
“The X2 is something we would welcome with open arms in Australia,” she told CarsGuide.com.au. “Australians have responded really well to both our X and M brands, and the X2 fits into the current picture perfectly.”
Ms Fletcher also suggested that should the X2 come to Australia, it would likely mirror its X4 and X6 siblings by focusing on more highly specced cars.
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