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Paris LIVE: BMW X2 Concept

The X2 brings BMW\'s coupe-inspired styling to a smaller crossover aimed at urban markets.

BMW's X2 Concept has made its global debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The concept adopts a unique design compared to BMW's existing lineup. Its profile appears sleek against the X1, X3 and X5, but without the controversial bulbous roof slope of the X4 and X6.

Perhaps the most striking distinguishing characteristics can be found forward of the windshield. The front end appears to take inspiration from the 2-Series coupe, with a smoother curve transitioning from the hood to the kidney grille. Headlights are slid back slightly from the X4, further streamlining the aesthetics.

"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 head Karim Habib. "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."Designers also inverted the kidney grille, widening from top to bottom. BMW suggests the grille's angled bars contribute to a 'shark nose' effect, further distinguishing the X2 from its siblings.

A production version could tone down some of the unique design elements before arriving in showrooms, likely within the next two years. Powertrain options will presumably match the X1.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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