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BMW X2 scoop: BMW's new baby SUV (2009)

By Georg Kacher/Tim Pollard (artist's impression by Larson)

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05 September 2008 09:00

BMW knows how to court controversy – and this top-secret X2 is likely to offend purists as much as a long-wheelbase, limo-spec M3. The X2 revealed today in our artist's impression is BMW's riposte to Land Rover's achingly hip LRX coming in 2012: a smaller, funkier 4x4 meets coupe.

The X2 project is part of the new X1 family that we will – finally – get to see at next month's Paris motor show 2008. A concept X1 will be shown at the Salon de l'Automobile on 2 October 2008 ahead of a production launch in 2009.

BMW X1 and X2: the lowdown

BMW is betting the bank on buyers continuing to downsize – and who'd argue with a company which gambled on the pricey but petite Mini? Munich will be the first premium manufacturer into the junior 4x4 market, enjoying at least two years' headstart over the upcoming Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLB. Which is why BMW is targeting 100,000 sales a year with its mud-slinging wannabe twins.

While the X1 will be a relatively upright SUV – albeit shrunken – in the vein of the X3 and X5, the X2 depicted here in our scoop image prefers a more coupe-like profile. Think baby X6 and you're on the money.

Our artist's impression is assembled with the help of moles within BMW and the spy photos we also publish today. Just look at the comped-together shot of the X1 and X2 test mules, showing the faster angle of the coupe crossover...

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