As is often the case for a BMW concept, the X2 show car revealed in Paris look to be a thinly veiled hint at what we'll see enter production over the next year or so - although we should expect some aspects of its styling to be toned down first.
Indeed, the X2 has already been spied testing in its production form - as far back as November last year. And, although heavily camouflaged, it is clear from our spy photos that the general shape of the final car will not stray far from its concept progenitor.
In its concept form, the X2 features a bold take on BMW's iconic kidney grille design, with a new kink at the lower corners that could hint at an evolved look for the brand's wider range.
A connection with the current X1 SUV is clear, with slender scalpel-like headlights reaching back to a long A-pillar and a tapered roofline which, although sporting in appearance, is less coupe-like than the larger X4 and X6 models.
Muscular haunches and a pillar-mounted BMW badge round out the profile view, while slanted tail lamps feature at the rear, above large-diameter exhaust tips at the lower corners.
“The BMW Concept X2 combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model," says BMW Design boss Karim Habib, who reports to BMW Group styling chief Adrian van Hooydonk.
"This is a sporty vehicle with a bold character, and it allows us to open up some fascinating new design possibilities for the BMW brand."
Production plans for the X2 are still to be confirmed, although earlier reports suggest the new X2 will enter showrooms some time in 2017, where it will be sold alongside the related X1.
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