2015 BMW X4 spy shots
One of the more conspicuous examples of this is the coupe crossover. Not quite tall enough to be considered capable off-road and with practicality hampered by their sloped roofs, coupe crossovers don’t really win any arguments on paper. BMW proved with its X6, however, that buyers don’t always seek out the most logical vehicle to meet their needs.
The X6, launched in 2008, has proven so successful that a host of rival automakers are working on similar models. Audi is preparing a new Q6, for example, and Mercedes-Benz has an MLC in the pipeline. By the time they arrive, however, BMW will soon be launching a second-generation X6 as well as a smaller version dubbed the X4, which is the focus of our latest spy shots.
We already have a pretty good idea as to what the next X4 will look like thanks to a concept version unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. However, these spy shots give us a detailed look at the production version due out mid next year. The latest shots show the X4 testing at the Nürburgring and on some of the German track track's surrounding roads, and while it certainly looks tall, it also looks rather aggressive in the corners.
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Targeting style and performance rather than utility, the X4 will go up against similar models in the small 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.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.