After unveiling the X4 Concept , BMW started intensely testing the production version of the SUV. We have caught it plenty of times in the past, and the latest time around, we got a nice glimpse of the interior.
As no surprise, the BMW X4 will carry cues from the X3 inside and out. There are a few differences between the X3 and X4, of course, just like the X6 gets more of a coupe look when compared to the X5 that it’s based on.
The X3 and the X4 will be built on the same platform, so they will share similar chassis setups and engines. One big difference will be that the X4’s interior will be a little more luxurious than the X3. The X4 will also feature a brand-new layout that features a large iDrive display and an enlarged instrument cluster specially developed to offer the driver the best experience behind the wheel.
The BMW X4 is set to go into production in the second half of 2014.
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As you can see from these latest spy shots, the BMW X4 will look a lot like the X3, the model on that it is based on. Still, the X4 will adopt a coupe-like exterior and will be a little bit sportier and more aggressive.
Up front, the new X4 will get the usual BMW grille and front apron, while the headlights will feature the same design language we have seen in all the latest BMW models.
When viewed from the side it gets pretty clear that the X4 will be inspired by the X6, with the rear window raking downward into almost a liftback design.
Earlier this year, BMW unveiled the X4 Concept to give us a glimpse of what the X4 could look like. Of course, the concept will have little to do with the real X4, so don’t expect too much.
Still, the concept version features the same coupe-like profile we are going to see on the production version, but do not expect many of the stylized elements to make it to production, including the chrome insertions on the signature kidney grille, the special headlights and the aggressive front apron. The 21-inch bi-color alloy wheels were also specially designed for the concept, so don’t expect to see them in the production car.
Still, if you take the X4 Concept and add some design elements from the X3 you may get a good idea of what to expect from the production X4.
gallery: BMW X4 Concept
The Audi Q5 has been on since 2010 and it already became one of Audi’s best-selling models, so the X4 will have an uphill battle to dethrone it. However, with the right design language, a perfect choice of accessories and a good price it may happen.
The Q5 is offered with a standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 220 horsepower. Buyers can also opt for a more powerful, 3.0-liter. supercharged V-6 that makes 272 horsepower.
gallery: Audi Q5
One model that is set to arrive around the same time as the X4 is the Porsche Macan. It will arrive on the market in 2015 as the baby-brother of the larger Cayenne.
The new Macan will be offered with a four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower, while the more powerful Macan S will get a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine with an output of 290 horsepower. Diesel fans will get a 2.0-liter, diesel engine with about 190 horsepower and a hybrid powertrain is also rumored.