2018 BMW X2 spied testing hard on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

It looks quite competent for an SUV in these spy shots

The upcoming BMW X2 must not just look sportier than the X1 with which it shares the UKL2 underpinnings — it must be sportier too, as in quicker and more fun to drive.

Sportiness seems to be the exact characteristic BMW is honing on an X2 prototype on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Even with the camouflage on, it's not hard to see that the X2 has a more dynamic appearance than the X1, thanks to the similarities with last year's X2 Concept. It looks more like a high-riding hatchback than an SUV, thanks to the smaller greenhouse, sloping roofline, and more inclined windscreen.

While similar to the X1, the X2's front end boasts a more aggressive fascia with a wider grille flanked by sleeker, sweptback headlights. At the rear, the tailgate is smaller than the X1's, while the dual exhaust pipes suggest it packs more power.

The X2 is expected to feature the same gasoline and diesel power plants as the BMW X1 and 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, including the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder that delivers 228 hp. An M Performance variant should also be on offer with around 300 hp.

The BMW X2 may debut in autumn at the Frankfurt Motor Show, before going on sale early next year.

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