The BMW X4 concept has been revealed two weeks out from its world premiere at China's Shanghai auto show.
Combining the styling of a BMW X and Coupe model, the BMW X4 concept previews the final production version of the German SUV that will take its place alongside the BMW X3, in a move that mirrors the position of the BMW X6 relative to the X5.
The latest BMW Sports Activity Coupe – dubbed the BMW Concept X4 in its current auto show form – is set to be launched globally early next year, ahead of arriving locally in about 12 months time.
Expected to share the current X3's range of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, the dynamically styled BMW X4 concept is 36mm shorter, 34mm wider and 53mm lower than its soon-to-be sibling, and rides on an identical 2810mm wheelbase.
A long bonnet, short overhangs and a set back passenger cell, join LED headlights, a restyled, thick-framed, kidney grille, large side air intakes with prominent horizontal chrome bars, dual chrome exhaust outlets and 21-inch light alloy wheels.
In profile, the BMW X4 concept’s sleek roofline sits above a strong character line that runs from the front quarter to just inside the rear doors – encompassing the door handles – before being overtaken by an equally robust line that accentuates the rear guard and flows into the LED tail-lights. Black plastic cladding around the wheel arches and front and rear underbody protection are also added.
Once on local shores, the new BMW X4 is likely to come at a $10,000-$15,000 premium over the BMW X3 that starts at $53,636.
BMW says that since the first BMW X model (the BMW X5) was launched in 1999, sales of the SUVs – currently comprising the X1, X3, X5 and X6 – have grown such that today, one in four new BMW cars is an X model. This is believed to be further expanded as BMW explores the possibility of an X2 SUV, based on the compact BMW X1.
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