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Disguised BMW X2 sneaks out to meet public

New BMW Sport Activity Vehicle slots in between new X1 and venerable X3

Published: August 11, 2017, 10:50 PM
Updated: August 15, 2017, 6:29 AM

BMW X2

BMW X2

The BMW X2 compact crossover utility vehicle is still about a month away from its official public reveal, but an early production version recently snuck out of the Regensburg facility where it will be mass-produced, put on some fashionable duds, and went out for a meet and greet in its natural habitat.

In keeping with the model designation of its BMW SUV siblings, the front drive hatchback is being referred to by its parent as a Sport Activity Coupe, and it seems to have stayed true to the concept introduced at last year’s Paris Motor Show.

2016 Paris Motor Show - BMW’s new small SUV, the X2, also broke cover at the show. It’s officially still a concept, but the production version will be very similar when it appears as a 2018 model. The X2 is intended to be a sportier version of the similarly-sized X1.

The car in the released “official” spy photography was heavily camouflaged in a digital pattern reminiscent of military wear, but done up in vibrant colours to designate that its theatre of operations is not in some desert or mountainous terrain, but in the heart of the city and the surrounding districts.

And though it appeared to want to go about unnoticed, it was an attention magnet for passers-by everywhere it went, and in particular the young, extroverted, active city dwellers the X2 is hoping to attract.

BMW X2

The vehicle is expected to be unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (Sept 14-24), and is rumoured to be powered by a selection of engines from the X1 (with which it shares its platform and production facilities).

Among them, the turbo 2.0-litre 4-cylinder used in Canada. Power is reportedly channelled through an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic to the front or, optionally, all four wheels.

BMW X2

Rumours also have an M-massaged version (with 300 hp under the hood) coming along later.