Update: BMW X4 Crossover-Coupe NOT Teased In Official Sketch

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Official BMW X4 preview sketch

Official BMW X4 preview sketch

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UPDATE: The sketch above isn't actually a design concept for the rumored X4. It's a design concept sketch of the X3, as little as it may resemble the final product. For now, we're filing the X4 in the "probable, but not yet confirmed" bin.


The idea of a "sports activity coupe" to slot in below the BMW X6 isn't a new idea. It's been passing around backrooms in press events and Web forums for over four years now, popping back up as a possibility this summer. Once again it's on the radar with a report that it is actively in development, with an on-sale date sometime in 2014. Oh, and BMW is handing out official sketches of the vehicle at its 2011 X3 drive launch today.

As unnatural as the crossover-coupe may be, the X4 would be a natural progression for BMW. The X6, progenitor of the sloped-back SUV, has been very successful for the brand. Offering a slightly smaller, more efficient, more affordable version could be a recipe for a blockbuster.

So far, however, it's merely at the "it's coming" phase, according to the report. Design, styling, and specifications remain up in the air, though this official sketch gives us an idea of what to expect. When built, it will share much of its hardware with the X3, just as the X6 draws on the X5. That could mean a pair of engines, one turbocharged and one naturally aspirated, though by the time 2014 rolls around, emissions requirements may have changed displacement, power, and configuration considerably.

[BMW, Auto Week]

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Comments (5)
  1. This has got to be one of the worst ideas ever, for the love of all things good and holy BMW do not make an X4

  2. I live in an area where Ferraris, Lambos, Rollers are not uncommon and all manner of of Benzes and Bimmers are thick as leaves on a tree. In total, I've seen one X6 plying the streets. Why bother

  3. Ohhh Helll NO !!!!
    This proposed 'thing' AND the X6 are the BMW version of the Renault Avantime -- watch them sink without a trace ( With luck )

  4. Surprisingly enough, the X6 does sell apparently. I live in Atlanta were everyone and their mother apparently has to have some form of luxury vehicle, also everyone wants to be different. My boss and his wife own X6's and I see them all over town. I like the look of it, but it's too big for my tastes. A smaller less expensive version will probably sell just like it's big brother, only in more substantial numbers.

  5. I LOLed at "Offering a slightly smaller, more efficient, more AFFORDABLE version could be a recipe for a blockbuster."
    BMW doesn't do affordable.

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