Future Cars

BMW X2 Crossover Prototype Reveals Sportier Roofline

Will ride on same front-wheel-drive platform as the X1.

The BMW X1 is set to be joined by a sibling with a sportier appearance. As these spy photos show, BMW is developing an X2 with a sportier, more coupe-like roofline — just as the X4 is a coupe-like version of the X3 and the X6 is a coupe-like version of the X5.

The styling of this BMW X2 is far closer to the shape of the production X1 than an X4 is to an X3 or an X6 to an X5. While the X2’s roofline is lower and its rear window significantly more sloped than that of the 2016 BMW X1, the difference is less dramatic than on previous BMW coupe-crossovers. Look for a fatter C-pillar on the X2, as the car does not appear to have the rear quarter windows present on the X1.

Beneath the new sheetmetal, the X2 will hew closely to the formula of the 2016 BMW X1. Based on a front-wheel-drive architecture but offering all-wheel drive, expect the U.S.-market X2 to come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine good for 228 hp, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i starting at $35,795, the X2 would probably cost a few thousand dollars more.

BMW’s strategy of stratifying its crossover lineup into both standard and more coupe-like models so far has not resulted in enormous sales for the even-numbered models. So far this year in the U.S., the X3 has outsold the X4 20-to-one, while BMW X5 sales are 12 times greater than X6 sales.

The BMW X2 is likely to appear as a concept car next year, possibly at the Geneva auto show, and should go on sale by the end of 2016.

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