BMW came to Detroit with no surprises - the X2 was revealed last October, and it was previewed in concept form at the 2016 Paris motor show, although this was its first official public appearance as a production vehicle. A sportier take on the X1 theme, with the inevitable 'coupe-like' tailgate and raked rear screen, it's the result of an attempt to attract younger buyers, and also of BMW's a-crossover-in-every-tiny-niche programme. As such, it was entirely predictable. Nonetheless, BMW's Detroit stand was a hive of activity: the media turned out en masse to the X2's unveiling, there was a constant stream of photographers and onlookers checking it out (including design directors from competitor and fellow German brands) and all in all, there was quite a buzz about it.
Topping off this enthusiastic reception, the X2 then ended up scooping not just one, but two, EyesOn Design Awards: firstly, for 'Best Vehicle Harmonization', commending a particularly well-resolved and integrated relationship between interior and exterior design, and then the coveted Best Production Vehicle (runners up: Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500). The judges called it "an important new entry into the small SUV segment", and "a successful execution for an SUV in a small package". Credit then to BMW and to Karim Habib, the former design director responsible; although he didn't get to step up and receive the X2's awards in person, he did accept two other trophies - for the Q Inspiration concept, in his new role at Infiniti.