BMW Concept X2
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German luxury car maker BMW unveiled Concept X2, the precursor of a new SUV that will fill the narrow gap between BMW X1 and the X3.

"The BMW Concept X2 is a vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality," explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. "The concept displays a new and exciting facet of the BMW brand within the compact segment."

The concept features a long wheelbase, stretched roofline, short overhangs and heavily forward-slanting C-pillar that lends a sporty stance. The darker cladding and striking Luminous Red body colour make the Concept X2 look slimmer. The face of the concept features uniquely shaped kidney grille with brushed aluminium outlining. BMW's traditional twin Corona ring head lamp design has been detailed with blue inserts. At the rear, the X2 features more angled tailgate than the X1. There is a prominent spoiler atop the tailgate. The 21-inch wheels shod with heavily treaded tyres adds muscular looks of the Concept X2 from sides.

The in the production version the X2 is set to become the sixth SUV model to join the BMW line-up others being, X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6. The X2 is also the second product to be based on the company's UKL platform, which is set to underpin the upcoming second-generation Mini Countryman.

The production version is expected to be powered by four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, 228hp twin-turbo unit borrowed from the X1. BMW X2 will directly compete against other lifestyle SUV offerings, including the five-door Range Rover Evoque and Audi's upcoming Q4. BMW gave no word on when the production version enter market. Reports say final spec version can be expected in 2018.