BMW X4 concept leaked
Now we have a pretty good idea as to what it will look like, thanks to this leak of a concept version previewing the new crossover.
As the concept confirms, the new X4 will be a compact crossover with coupe-like styling.
It will share its underpinnings with the BMW X3, just as the larger X6 shares its underpinnings with the X5. The body will feature four doors, and inside there will likely be four individual bucket seats.
Targeting style and performance rather than utility, the X4 will go up against similar models in the compact crossover segment such as the Range Rover Evoque and upcoming Porsche Macan and Lincoln MKC.
This focus on style-conscious buyers should help differentiate the X4 from its X3 cousin, which remains popular with young families. It will also mean that the X4 can be sold at a premium to the X3, which starts at just under $40k.
Engine offerings should mirror those of the latest X3, which means a base X4 xDrive28i with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, rated at 240 horsepower, and a more powerful X4 xDrive35i packing a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six good for 300 horsepower.
A dedicated X4 M model sharing its powertrain with the next-generation M3 is rumored, as is a BMW M Performance model featuring a number of go-fast parts from the automaker’s new accessories line. At least one diesel model will be launched as well, though it’s unlikely to make its way to the U.S.
With the BMW X4 concept’s unveiling at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, which opens on April 19, we could be seeing the production version revealed before 2013 is out. Stay tuned for the official reveal of the concept very soon. In the meantime, catch up on our complete Shanghai coverage by accessing our dedicated show hub.