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 later this year. The latest shots show the X4 testing with the least camouflage gear we've seen on it yet.
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Engine offerings should mirror those of the latest 2015 BMW X3, which means a base turbocharged 2.0-liter four rated at 240 horsepower together with rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. A more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six model good for 300 horsepower should also be available, though expect this to come with all-wheel drive only.
A dedicated X4 M model sharing its powertrain with the latest 2015 BMW M3/M4 is looking unlikely at this point, though we're likely to see 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, but in the meantime watch this spy video of the new BMW X4.
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