• Sep 5, 2008
We're less than a month away from the official unveiling of the BMW X1 concept in Paris, but the boys from Bavaria are already planning a sportier, two-door version of their new compact 'ute. Dubbed the X2, this coupe-ish soft-roader will be to the X1 what the X6 is to the X5.
The 1-series-based X1 is currently carrying the codename "Sports Activity Wagon" (SAW), whereas the X2 is known internally as a "Sports Activity Runabout" (SAR). In keeping with BMW's new nomenclature and styling, the X2 will sport different bodywork, up-market materials, more standard equipment and a wider track to differentiate the two-door CUV from its four-door counterpart. Powertrains fitted with BMW's Efficient Dynamics system will be part of the package, beginning with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines, eventually evolving into mild- and plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

While the X1 has already been green-lit for production, the X2 is still in limbo. But if it does come to market, expect the X2 to bow sometime in 2011 after the X1 launches in 2010.

[Source: CAR]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ultimate Driving Machines my ass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ultimate overpriced machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had a Z3 Coupe pass by me on the road yesterday and thought it was some ridiculous concept or one-off but then I looked it up. Lo and behold, this article pops up today and it looks like BMW is bringing it back with a lift kit and rebadging it as the X2!
        • 6 Years Ago
        your avatar is the BMW logo with the M in front of it, and you didn't know what the Z3 coupe was? what the hell?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think what he's saying is, there was a wierd looking Z3 that turned out to be the X2 concept.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well if you think about it for a sec, bmw's Marketing Dept is thinking that SUV are now exiting mainstream and now being more "exclusive" mode of transporation or a niche market,something that is essential to bmw's image.

      I belive BMW NA is making a big mistake not offering the 335i sport wagon,the 4 cyl engines on the 1 and 3 series and focusing on SUVs
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just when I was getting used to the X6, this comes along.

      Assuming that since this is an X that will be assembled in the U.S., is this another move for BMW to counteract the weak U.S., like the decision to make M models out of the X5 and X6?
        • 6 Years Ago
        the "Weak" US dollar has been going on a massive tear in the last two months, reaching an 18 month high against the euro and a 24 month high against the GBP. The price is stabilising again after a few years of artificially being undervalued. the dollar will eventually (in my opinion) reach parity with the euro again at some point in the coming years... i don't think the factories being built in the US are for cause of the "weak" US dollar anymore - that was a one-year exceptional period
        • 6 Years Ago
        thank you for bringing that up, rsfourever. I know that the euro went down as much as 18% over a short period of time last week, I just thought their had to be some underlying reason why BMW is doing all of this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Blame BMW USA. They got to find a way to fill up the production lines in the soon to be expanded S.C. plant (or maybe somewhere else?). I know Munich has final say, but why do I get the sick feeling they are starting to become more "americanized" with their product planning? Besides the others I've already mention, there will be no M3 CSL, the new 7-Series looks like a freakin' Lexus thus making people nervous about the huge M5 prototype running around the forests of Germany.

      They've got that sweet twin-turbo V8 coming soon and the TT diesel I-6 and TT diesel 4 cyl, and a gas 4 cyl. engine as well. But who is making these decisions to make 1-Series with a damn lift kit? I know that the days of the '00-'03 M5's and other past cars are long behind us (BMW wants you to forget, too) and I'm not afraid of change, but seriously..wtf?
      • 6 Years Ago
      from the rendered specs this X2 actually looks kinda sweet. However, I don't think BMW should be making so many SUVs. it's not an SUV company. When BMW has more SUV products out than Land Rover I consider that to be a problem
        • 6 Years Ago
        well actually, they've had SUV ambitions for a long time.....they did OWN Land Rover at one time after all. That must have gained them the ability to know how to make SUVs, then they sould the unreliable heap known as LR to ford. Brilliant!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This breaks my brain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Better looking than a wagon? No
      Better aerodynamics than a wagon? No
      Better handling than a wagon? No

      So how is this and the X6 more suited as an "Ultimate Driving Machine" than a 1, 3, or 5 series wagon?
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know why I love BMW?

      BMW is a nexus. Anything it does, everybody else is gonna want to do.

      Some of their styles are ridiculously radical and criticized, but their cars drive so well that the criticism goes away and all the other makers copy them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait...what the hell is BMW doing now?
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