Confirmed to take shape for some time now, here are the first spyshots of the new BMW X2 compact SUV coupe prototype undergoing a public road test. If you haven’t been clued in yet, a BMW X2 would essentially be a ‘coupe’ version of the X1, just like the X4 and 6 are to the X3 and X5.

Underpinned by the same UKL platform as the X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer duo before it, the X2 will be BMW’s fourth front-wheel driven model, albeit with the option of going all-wheel drive with X2 xDrive variants.

It’s very early days for the test mule you see here, which wears a heavy coat of camouflage to mask nearly everything but its own silhouette. Still, there are a few things worth examining closer.

The X2 prototype here appears to be similarly sized as the X1, is equipped with four doors, but features a sportier, sloping roofline instead. The tailgate is also significantly more curved than the X1 it is based on.

What really catches our attention is how low and wide the X2 prototype’s stance is – it’s either that these photos are playing tricks on our eyes, or that the car is significantly more aggressive than its X1 sibling.

At the front end of the car, BMW’s signature kidney grille design is apparent and shows its black fins, while the brand’s twin-circular headlamps also peak through the camo.

On to the rear, and twin exhaust tips are noticeable, but as was the case with the BMW X3 prototype we just showed you, don’t be fooled by the apparent circular taillights – we reckon they’re purely a clever way to mask the new L-shape design rear lamps the BMW brand has been fond of in recent times.

As with the drivetrain, it’s also expected that a similar line-up of three- and four-cylinder BMW TwinPower petrol and diesel engines available to the X1 will be at the new X2’s disposal.

The BMW X2 Sports Activity Coupe (as the brand prefers to coin it) will make a global debut sometime in 2017, while pre-production concepts of it may appear throughout 2016.