Expected to show up and make waves at the 2016 Paris Auto Show in October is the 2017 BMW X2, which sits just above the BMW X1 with plenty of shared hardware besides many similarities to the Range Rover Evoque.

Although it would be arriving later in early 2018, the Volvo XC40 would be primed to spoil the fun for the new compact crossover from Bimmer.

Based on the Concept 40.1 design study, the overhauled XC40 would be the first model to be underpinned by the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) Volvo co-developed with Chinese company Geely.

Most interesting for the Swedish crossover is the introduction of the modular 1.5L three-cylinder engine, with options for either diesel and gas, with or without turbocharging, according to Autocar.

2017 BMW X2 (Photo Credit: Automobile)

2017 BMW X2 (Photo Credit: Automobile)

Of course we know that only the gas version would come to the US, if the engine makes it in the first place. But that’s just one part of it – the XC40 sports a more distinct look than the BMW X2, at least based on the 40.1 Concept compared to the recently spied subcompact crossover model from Bimmer.

Both vehicles wear sharp and sporty aesthetics, though the X2 is holds a stance low enough to be mistaken as a wagon.

Nevertheless, does the common sight of the BMW kidney grille stand out as much as Volvo’s Thor’s Hammer headlights? Are the standard rear lamps of the German’s crossovers as distinct as the angular L-shaped ones from Volvo. We certainly don’t think so.

Staff Reporter

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