The next-generation BMW X4 looks set to be revealed in the coming months, with Bernhard Kuhnt - BMW North America's CEO - confirming the new crossover will debut this year.
Further details were not divulged, unfortunately, though recent spy photos of an undisguised prototype indicate the new X4 will get a new front end to match the related X3 wagon, while the swoopy rear end gets BMW's new coupe look seen on the Concept Z4 and Concept 8 Series with slim L-shaped tail-lights.
Other headlining upgrades will be the new lighter CLAR platform shared with the X3, the latest iDrive 6 infotainment system, and a revised range of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
We're also expecting an M4oi performance variant to sit atop the core range - which wasn't available in Australia in the current generation as it was limited to left-hand drive - while an all-out X4 M should also debut sometime after the regular versions launch.
BMW's local division couldn't offer much on when we might see the new X4 in Aussie showrooms, though product communications manager, Adam Davis, did hint that we could expect more details "towards the end of the year".
With that in mind, the X4 will likely be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, or the Paris motor show in October, with an Australian market launch likely to take place at the end of 2018 or early 2019.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage as more details come to hand.