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2018 BMW X2 dances in the snow en route to production

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If you were a fan of the BMW Concept X2 that was shown at this year's Paris show, you'll like what you see in these spy shots. Though much of the vehicle is still covered up, it has shed bits of camouflage around the front fascia and the greenhouse. This particular prototype also is the first we've seen with production taillights.

Starting up front, the hood slants down to a lower, sharper point than its more practical X1 sibling. The hood also helps form the swept-back, scowling headlights seen on the concept. The grille appears to have the twin kidneys that are wider at the bottom, which is apparently a departure from accepted BMW design. The concept's massive air intakes in the bumper are nowhere to be seen, though.

Moving back, we can see more of the roofline and the windows. As expected, the roof seems to be a bit lower, and the windshield is more raked. Looking closely, the subtle Hofmeister kink on the concept also appears to have made the transition to production, with glass sweeping up at a shallower angle earlier in the beltline. To finish things off, we can finally see the production taillights through the camo. The lights look slimmer and more aggressive than on the X1, and the entire tail looks shorter and wider.

We expect the production model will debut in time for the 2018 model year. It will probably share the X1's platform and its turbocharged four-cylinder engine. We also wouldn't be surprised if BMW gave the ostensibly sportier X2 a more powerful version of that engine.

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