Debut of BMW’s new signature X2 may raise the bar
BMW has revealed the production version of its X2, which is due in SA in March 2018, writes Mark Smyth
When BMW unveiled the concept of the X2 in October 2016, the brand’s chief designer, Adrian van Hooydonk, told us that the X2 is an "opportunity to further the design language of the brand". At the time he was adamant that it is not a coupe version of the X1 and even more adamant that it is not in the same genre as the coupe-like X4 and X6. He also said that many of the elements of the concept would remain in the production model, in particular the BMW badge on the C-pillar. And there it is, resurrecting the design detail from old BMW coupe models and giving the X2 an appearance of being more of a luxury vehicle. It isn’t of course, at least not in the sense that a C-pillar badge-wearing 7 Series V12 or Maybach-Mercedes is, nor is it a sports machine like the 3.0 CSL. Instead the X2 has a clear purpose, to take on the Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and 2018’s Volvo XC40 and Jaguar E-Pace. The X1 sort of does this, as does the X3, but they both have a family look. The Evoque and the XC4...