BMW tests new X2 at Nurburgring so you don't have to

Published: 20 April 2017

► X1’s sportier-looking stablemate
► Shares same platform, engines
► Production car testing at 'Ring 

Look what's testing at the Nurburgring this week: the upcoming 2017 BMW X2, a lower-roofed, more sporty sibling to the X1.

The X2 was officially revealed as a concept car at the Paris motor show back in October 2016. Now the latest batch of prototypes are beginning to lose some of the heavy camouflage that had disguised earlier mules, and sport finished headlight units. 

Due to reach markets in late 2017, the X2 takes a leaf from the same recipe book as BMW’s X6 and X4, coupe-style spin-offs of the X5 and X3 respectively.

And these latest scoop pictures suggest it really well remain faithful to the even-numbered, low-roofed concept car (below).

BMW X2 Concept car: debuted at 2016 Paris motor show

These spyshots suggest the X2's roofline will be remarkably similar to the show car's; it's a clever trompe l'oeuil, designed to look low and sporty while actually retaining decent headroom.

Think more level-headed Range Rover Evoque than fastback X6.

Just looks like a slightly squatter BMW X1 to me…

Which is exactly what it is. The X2’s based on the same front-wheel-drive, transverse-engined platform as the X1 (along with the 2-series Active Tourer and various members of the Mini family).

Pop some regular door handles and mirrors on, and whip off those showbiz 21-inch alloys, and we'd say the spirit of the concept car is intact, judging by these new photos from the Nordschleife. 

It will also share much of the same engine range with a likely emphasis on the more powerful units, such as the X1’s range-topping 228bhp, 332lb ft 25d turbodiesel. Both front- and four-wheel-drive versions will be available.

BMW X2: we spied it at Nurburgring

The chop-top roof helps the X2 look wider than an X1, and its distinct angled arches will be filled by big, chunky wheels. 

Scroll down the page to read more about the 2016 Concept X2.

Read CAR’s review of the latest BMW X1 here

By James Taylor

CAR's online editor, news-gatherer, fast-lapper, Radical champ

  • The new BMW X2: on sale later in 2017
  • We caught the BMW X2 testing at the Nurburgring
  • A slightly squatter, stubbier BMW X1
  • Plenty of shark-nose wedge in BMW X2's front end
  • BMW promises X2 will remain practical, despite sportier pretensions
  • Rally-style spot lamps unlikely to be a production feature
  • We're not sure what's in the boot. Hopefully not a body
  • Like an X1, but a bit more squashed
  • Roofline more of a lowline flat-top than an X4/X6 style sloping fastback
  • X2 uses various styling tricks to appear wider than the X1, not least the lower roof and outward-reaching tail-lights
  • BMW X2 is scheduled for launch in late 2017
  • Engines will be shared with the X1 family
  • X2 will share its platform directly with the X1
  • No coupe-aping roofline here
  • Tail-lights are different units from those on the X1 production car
  • A sloping roofline is thought to be incompatible with the X1's dimensions - visually and practically
  • BMW X2 Concept car: pointing the way