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      09-05-2008, 01:38 PM   #1
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Arrow BMW X2 On the Drawing Board! BMW X1 details.

BMW X2 scoop: BMW's new baby SUV
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By Georg Kacher/Tim Pollard (artist's impression by Larson)
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BMW knows how to court controversy – and this 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...

BMW X2: a two-door SUV

You read that right. The X2 is currently planned to be a two-door that combines a low-slung roof with the squat footprint of an SUV. Prepare for more shocking designs from that hornets' nest of style shocks, overseen by the lord of louche, Chris Bangle.

X1 and X2 will of course share hardware under the skin, in much the same way that today's X5 and X6 are the same under their different metalwork. And if you want a clue as to their intent, check out their respective internal codenames: the X1 is the Sports Activity Wagon (SAW) and the X2 is known as Sports Activity Runabout (SAR).

Both will be positioned above the Mini SAV (that's a Sports Activity Vehicle, acronym fans take note) which is due out in 2009. It's telling we'll also see a crossover concept for Mini's new 4x4 at the Paris show on 2 October 2008.

And will this new generation of BMW small 4x4s cost the earth?

Wake up! These are small BMWs, so of course they won't be cheap. The xDrive hardware will add €2500 (2000) to the cost of an equivalent 1-series, which will donate much of the running gear. And that bespoke bodystyle is said to add at least €1000 (800), so even the cheapest X1 is going to cost at least 19,000.

And if you must have the coupe-cool of the X2 revealed here, bank on another 2000 again, thanks to the planned higher equipment level, better materials, wider tyres and that low-volume, bespoke bodywork.

Are the X1 and X2 definitely happening?

The X2 is very much on the drawing board but, unlike the X1, has yet to be given the green light. That decision will be taken in 2009, once BMW has had time to gauge interest in the X6 and the X1 concept.

If approved, the X2 will roll into showrooms in early 2011.

So what will power the new BMW X1 and X2?

BMW knows it has to handle SUVs carefully in this carboncentric age. So Efficient Dynamics will be fitted across the board and our engineering sources say 1.6-litre engines are order of the day. BMW will soon unveil its first hybrid models and the X1 and X2 will have a mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid option.

BMW: the 4x4 masterplan

Believe it or not, BMW is the world's biggest player in the premium 4x4 arena. Yep, contrary to popular belief, BMW sells more four-wheel drive vehicles than Audi does quattro or Mercedes 4Matic. In fact, in 2007 it flogged 60,000 more.

Not that BMW is going totally 4x4 crazy. Munich's board has just axed the proposed X7 – a low-volume, 20,000 units per year long-weelbase seven-seater variation of the X5 conceived to take on the Mercedes GL, the next Audi Q7 and the successor to the Porsche Cayenne.

Ditto the talked-about X4. It was to be the coupe version of the next X3, but the product planners reckoned there wasn't the space between the X2 and X6 for a third coupe-cum-scrambler. Sighs of relief all round.
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      09-05-2008, 02:47 PM   #3
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actually ,
Mercedes is the one whos got more models than bmw , plus many others....however we do see many plans for future bmw models

X1 (not happy with) , X2 (maybe , much better for me) , X4 (dream on) , X7 ( cancelled which is the single biggest mistake bmw has done lately , there are at least five of them and the excuse for this one is...well u know oil prices this and that , bullshit , GL ur still the king ) , M1 (dream on) , no CSL u kidding me? ,

CS will take at least two or three more years to wait and they call it 8 series and I thought they will make 8 series something like a new generation something to give a CL competition , like a new 8 series but sporiter than CL BMW style , M badged n stuff but then again dream on , 8 series should have not have to do anything with the Concept CS , that should have been CLS competition , no supercar from bmw at least for the next 2 years , add one zero more... I dont see 760 in the near future too , maybe Im wrong I thought about 765 or 770 or an M7....oh wait they are doing downsizing right now...I forgot
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Wow, that is an awesome rendering. A bit Japanese looking in the taillights, but still hot.
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...I still can't belive how good that rendering is...so professional...
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      09-05-2008, 07:01 PM   #7
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... Soon BMW will make more SUV's than normal cars... WTF. 3 SUV's is already enough.
A--freakin'--men to that, brotha!

I mean, it's not BAD looking, but what's the point? How many niches do they think they can define?
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Why can't they just desgin a good looking X3 and make it look like a mini X6 and also offer a two door version like in the rendering? Why do we need an X1, X2, X3, X5, X6... Soon BMW will make more SUV's than normal cars... WTF. 3 SUV's is already enough.

AMEN to that ALSO !!!! you got a HUGE point there that BMW needs to understand, there are more then enough people (enthusiasts) to keep BMW going and keep selling the cars, but no, they WANT to compete and become a dick in everything they do, now they want to make a BETTER competitor CAR for every mercedes ?? that is really retarded, bmw 3,5,6 series can handle about more than 50% of the mercedes production hands down, so there really isn't a REASON to create NEW cars, all you have to do is improve on the existing model !!
i mean they are going to be WORSE then mercedes now, WTF , go design better taillights on the best selling car in the world BMW 3 Series, insead of making another big pointless SUV, the bmw really doesn't need another "X" in there inventory.

this is what i have to say to bmw" YOUR MAKING POINTLESS CARS NOW" concentrate on what is selling and not on what YOU want to sell to make more money !! fucking pissing me off


P.S . i used mercedes just as one example, there are more cars they are trying to compete with, its just like mercedes is there biggest competition and rival !!

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WTF ?? i just noticed, is that a 2 door ??? a SUV and a 2 doors ?? i mean seriously how is that suppose to work ??? WTF are bmw designers thinking lately ??? they need to get laid to get there things straight, f$%king embarrassing !!

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wtf!!!!!!!!! is BMW doing lately. I swear I would fucking punch chris bangle in the face if i ever saw him.... whatever if BMW wants to dig its own grave, then go right ahead.
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they WANT to compete and become a dick in everything they do, now they want to make a BETTER competitor CAR for every mercedes ?? that is really retarded, bmw 3,5,6 series can handle about more than 50% of the mercedes production hands down, so there really isn't a REASON to create NEW cars, all you have to do is improve on the existing model !!
i mean they are going to be WORSE then mercedes now, WTF , go design better taillights on the best selling car in the world BMW 3 Series, insead of making another big pointless SUV, the bmw really doesn't need another "X" in there inventory.

this is what i have to say to bmw" YOUR MAKING POINTLESS CARS NOW" concentrate on what is selling and not on what YOU want to sell to make more money !! fucking pissing me off


P.S . i used mercedes just as one example, there are more cars they are trying to compete with, its just like mercedes is there biggest competition and rival !!

totally disagree with u , yes they should and need to make a better competitor car for every merc , Not retarded at all , 3er 5er and 6er cant handle shit against mercedes production , and ur saying 50% , whers the bmw CL , CLS , SLR , SL....GL , R , what the hell?
Yes there is a strong reason for building new models while improving the existing ones too , dont be ridiculous and single minded
whats the deal with the taillights , whys that so much important anyway
SUVs are not pointless , its the hottest thing today
so yeah , I totally support what bmw does I mean will do in the future only one problem , theyre doing it TO damn slow
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Definitely better looking as the X1 renderings so far..
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WTF ?? i just noticed, is that a 2 door ??? a SUV and a 2 doors ?? i mean seriously how is that suppose to work ??? WTF are bmw designers thinking lately ??? they need to get laid to get there things straight, f$%king embarrassing !!
You are chocked about it having 2 doors only ???
Wait until they will come up with a 2 seats only SUV..

No seriously 2 doors is OK, do not forget that this car is small, very small it is VW Golf size...
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I would prefer a 128ti hatchback , I dont care for Cute-U-Vees.
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totally disagree with u , yes they should and need to make a better competitor car for every merc , Not retarded at all , 3er 5er and 6er cant handle shit against mercedes production , and ur saying 50% , whers the bmw CL , CLS , SLR , SL....GL , R , what the hell?
Yes there is a strong reason for building new models while improving the existing ones too , dont be ridiculous and single minded
whats the deal with the taillights , whys that so much important anyway
SUVs are not pointless , its the hottest thing today
so yeah , I totally support what bmw does I mean will do in the future only one problem , theyre doing it TO damn slow

ok i might have been a little bit over the point but, come on why does bmw need 4-5 or even 6 suv's ??? its not a hummer ok ?? or land rover. bmw has a VERY nice line up of x3.x5- x6 and its enough, it doesn't need to go crazy and make every X possible , like x1,x2,x4, or even x7. thats WAY to retarded for me, and i think that they need to think more about regular 1,3,5,6,7, series.
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So we have or soon will have: 1,3,5,6,7,8,Z4,X1,X2,X3,X5,X6, and all the M models. lmfao
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So we have or soon will have: 1,3,5,6,7,8,Z4,X1,X2,X3,X5,X6, and all the M models. lmfao
We'll also have the PAS and Z2 as well. Good god.

Oh, and maybe even a halo car like an M1 revival. And a possible Isetta revival. Jesus this is gonna be crazy...

So...it'll be more like:

Isetta,1,3,5,6,7,8,Z2,Z4,PAS,X2,X3,X5,X6, and the M1.
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We'll also have the PAS and Z2 as well. Good god.

Oh, and maybe even a halo car like an M1 revival. And a possible Isetta revival. Jesus this is gonna be crazy...

So...it'll be more like:

Isetta,1,3,5,6,7,8,Z2,Z4,PAS,X2,X3,X5,X6, and the M1.
yea okkkkkkk, isetta ?? WTF, bmw doesn't need to be like FORD,or kia, that come up with all this RIDICULOUS names for new models ?? yea i think bmw should stick with those series and x names w/o copying other people and stick with what they do best !! making the ULTIMATE driving machines. !! just upgrade the existing ones there is nothing wrong with that.
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so again its gonna be like , 1er , 3er , 5er , 6er , 7er , 8er or CSer , X3er , X5er , X6er , probably X1 , Z4 , new PAS or something , still missing a true luxury coupe like 7er coupe , a true 8 series , CS should be something else , a true supercar to go with the SLR R8 Ferrari and Porsche , if u ask me Id go with at least 18 models and 18/18 M badged
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yea okkkkkkk, isetta ?? WTF, bmw doesn't need to be like FORD,or kia, that come up with all this RIDICULOUS names for new models ?? yea i think bmw should stick with those series and x names w/o copying other people and stick with what they do best !! making the ULTIMATE driving machines. !! just upgrade the existing ones there is nothing wrong with that.
Actually, the name Isetta was given to BMW's bubble car with a door that opened from the front. It sold over 100,000 units, and is BMW's most successful car to date.

BMW has been considering making a new one in the name of sales.
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