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BMW's X2 SUV concept is a sportier alternative to the X1


BMW will be filling out its ever-expanding product line with a coupe-like X2 SUV, with the Concept X2 debuting this week at the Paris Auto Show. The company's hugely successful SUV lineup already includes an X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6, with the small 2-series coupes the only line left out of the fun.

That's all changing with the X2, which is a "vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality," said Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president for BMW Group Design, in a press release. And it does have a coupe look, though fusing that with BMW's X proportions. In pictures at least, it's pleasing to look at, with BMW's iconic kidney grille and aggressive aero components at the front and a sporty look all around.

Expect an engine similar to the four-cylinder, 2-liter, 228 horsepower twin-turbo unit that the X1 has in the US, along with all-wheel drive and a price starting in the mid-$30,000 range. It should make a fine entry to the BMW lineup when the final version arrives, though BMW gave no word on when that might be. Still, expect the X2 to be the sportier alternative to the X1 (similar to the X3/X4 and X5/X6 pairings) and watch for it to flood upscale mall parking lots within a few years.

BMW X2 Concept Gallery