The BMW Concept X2 broke a bunch of the brand’s design rules

The BMW Concept X2 broke a bunch of the brand’s design rules

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 20:29

BMW has a in conformance recipe to make a “coupe” out of one of its crossovers. You settle the blocky version – an X5 or X3, say – and lop the underwrite off. This leaves you with two models that look basically the anyhow ahead of the rear doors. One version has more up-country room and the other costs more and appeals to splendour-centric people who apparently have less impedime to haul around. If the Concept X2 is any indication (and we clearly think it is), that formula is about to switch.

Instead of simply taking an X1 and sticking a fastback concoct on it, BMW has reimagined its crossover coupe approach and in the development broken many of its design tenets. So this is doubly surprising, and it literally looks pretty good for a sporty wee crossover.

The biggest departure is the added extent up front, or at least the illusion that the Concept X2 is wider than an X1. The countenance indeed recalls those of BMWs coupes, mainly the 2-Series, and goes away from the X concept of past BMW crossover models (it’s subtle, but look move backwards withdraw from at an X5 or X3 and you can make out some kind of X among the fa-end details). This car instead goes for more of a mustachioed look with some vastly aggressive bumper sculpting. There are at least Xes in the headlights to tip you off, although the fond of hexagons they sit within are a minor departure from the corona noose look of other modern (non-i) BMWs.

Then there’s the the gen that the kidney grilles have been flipped upside down. BMW says this is to set the X2 excluding from the rest of the BMW lineup. We’re not quite unfaltering why that’s a good thing, since the common design is one of the brand’s major stylistic hallmarks. They’re still recognizable as kidneys at a peek, and Bimmerphiles won’t be completely lost: In case you missed the Hofmeister twinge, there’s a BMW roundel right next to it. So yeah, it’s a BMW.

There are lots of other stylistic flourishes on this concept, including a dark-skinned roof inset that tapers to a rounded conclusion at the hind part. The back end is also completely unique to this work and shares little with the look of an X4 or X6. The side binoculars also tapers nearly to a point, emphasizing the condensed rear fenders. The hatch keeps a appealing conventional shape and the car instead relies on that deviant look, lots of body sculpting, and the details to apart itself from the X1.

We expect a production X2 looking truly much like this to arrive for 2018. Sharing with the X1 dais means a front-drive-based scale model with a turbocharged four-cylinder, and we wouldn’t authority out a more powerful version for the coupe-ish adaptation.


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