The BMW Idea X2 has been revealed on the Paris motor show, previewing the daring exterior look to be adopted by a manufacturing model of the brand new SUV that’s deliberate to go on sale through the second quarter of 2018 at a beginning worth of round £30,000.
First alluded to by the German automotive maker in a teaser photograph issued to the media this week, the X2 is a sister mannequin to the lately launched second-era X1, alongside which it is going to be constructed at BMW’s Regensburg manufacturing unit in Germany.
The excessive driving 5-door, recognized at BMW underneath the interior codename F49, is about to develop into the sixth devoted SUV mannequin to hitch the BMW line-up and the second to be based mostly on the corporate’s versatile UKL platform – the identical construction set to underpin the upcoming second-era Mini Countryman, with which the brand new BMW can also be closely associated.
Following a components that has confirmed extremely profitable for BMW in recent times, the X2 has been conceived as a sporting various to the X1, in a lot the identical means the X4 offers a extra dynamic tackle the X3 and the X6 lively as a extra efficiency oriented choice to the X5.
The positioning is mirrored within the styling of the brand new X mannequin, which BMW design boss, Karim Habib, describes as “combining the fast paced physique language and low slung proportions of a coupe with the strong development of an X mannequin.”
Sporting a brawnier look than the comparatively X1, the Idea X2 receives a particular wanting entrance finish dominated by a closely structured bumper with a big central air duct and outsized air curtains on the outer edges.
It’s mixed with a uniquely formed kidney grille that widens from prime to backside and is bordered by a heavy swathe of brushed aluminium. In the meantime, an impression of technical precision is offered by angular laser mild headlamps with intricate graphics that mimic BMW’s conventional twin Corona ring design with blue design highlights.
Additional again, BMW’s newest manufacturing based mostly idea boasts a closely profiled bonnet in addition to higher rake to its windscreen, decrease roofline and extra angled tailgate than the X1 – parts that achieve offering it with a much more sporting profile than its extra sensible sibling.
Pronounced fenders and enormous wheelhouses full of 21 inch wheels shod with closely treaded tyres add visible muscle to the flanks, that are in any other case dominated by a outstanding swage line that gives the Idea X2 with an outlined shoulder inside its doorways. Typical idea automotive thrives embrace flamboyantly styled sills completed in structured gray and purple plastic cladding and distinctive exterior mirrors.
The shallow glasshouse of the brand new BMW tapers fairly dramatically in the direction of the rear, ending with a contemporary interpretation of the German automotive maker’s basic Hofmeister kink inside the C-pillar. As with the grille, the aspect window graphic is framed in a border of brushed aluminium.
On the rear, there’s a outstanding spoiler atop the tailgate, uniquely styled back lights and excessive mounted bumper – the latter of which supplies its baggage compartment with an unusually excessive loading lip.
Though most of the extra detailed styling touches of the Idea X2 are anticipated to be toned down earlier than it reaches manufacturing, key parts comparable to its sporting silhouette and 5 door format are set to be retained in a transfer that may see the brand new BMW compete immediately with different type led SUV choices, together with the 5-door Vary Rover Evoque and Audi’s upcoming This fall.
Dimensionally, the X2 mirrors the measurements of the X1, which stretches to 4439mm in size, 1821 in width and 1598mm in peak.
As with its extra sensible sibling, it is going to be provided with a variety of transversely mounted turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Included within the launch line-up will one petrol variant within the type of the X2 xDrive20i, which is about to run a turbocharged 2.zero-litre engine delivering 189bhp. It is going to be joined by three diesels all powered by BMW’s extensively used turbocharged 2.zero-litre diesel: the X2 xdrive18d with 148bhp, the X2 xDrive20d with 187bhp and the X2 xDrive25d with 227bhp.
Additionally deliberate is a sporting M-Efficiency mannequin utilizing a extra closely tuned model of the X2 xDrive20i’s turbocharged 2.zero-litre 4-cylinder creating within the area of 300bhp.
Gearbox decisions will embrace a normal six-velocity guide or non-compulsory six-velocity automated together with the selection of both rear- or 4-wheel drive together with chosen engines.