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2019 BMW X4

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The Bavarian jack of all trades gets a second generation

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – people love their SUVs. It seems like every year, the segment gets bigger and more diverse, with a seemingly never-ending parade of tall-riding, off-road-styled, utility-oriented models filling every niche possible. One of the fresher entries in this space is the BMW X4, which hit the scene as recently as 2014 as the Bavarian’s take on compact/mid-size crossover luxury in a sporty, coupe-like package. Making its initial debut at the New York International Auto Show, the first-gen X4 has performed quite well for the brand in terms of sales, moving some 200,000 units since its introduction, nearly 10 percent of which went to the U.S. market. Now, just four years after its release, the X4 is gaining a second generation. Framed as a sporty, yet practical, yet off-road capable evolution of the Bavarian’s upscale SAC (BMW doesn’t like to call it an SUV, instead preferring the “Sports Activity Coupe” nomenclature), the 2019 BMW X4 offers consumers a surprising number of “sporty” updates, including a wider track, new suspension settings, more aggressive proportions, a lower center of gravity, and a more aerodynamic exterior.

The model line once again includes two equipment levels, starting with the xDrive30i, which replaces the outgoing xDrive28i, and ending with the more aggressive M40i, a carryover from the previous model year. Overall, the updates seem to double down on what the X4 does best, and will surely tempt buyers looking for something that can “do it all.” Read on for the details.

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2018 BMW X4 M

2018 BMW X4 M

BMW finally working on a competitor for the Mercedes-AMG GLC63

The BMW X4 came to be in 2014 as a coupe version of the popular X3. Although sporting a sloping roofline and a redesigned rear end, the X4 is actually an X3 underneath, using the same chassis and drivetrains. The purpose of this crossover was to offer customers a sportier looking X3, as well as expand the company’s SUV lineup to four models. Unlike most Bimmer, the X4 has yet to gain a proper M version, although BMW did launch an M40i for the 2016 model year. In 2017, rumors that an X4 M might be underway began to turn into reality with more prototypes spotted on public roads. Come 2018 and the first-ever M version of the crossover is getting closer and closer to its official debut.

With the X4 having received a facelift , there’s no doubt that the X4 M will benefit from the same visual cues. It’s still a mystery as to why BMW delayed the X4 M for so long, especially with Mercedes-Benz already offering AMG version of the GLC, but we at least know that the performance-oriented SUV is on its way. An official launch date has yet to be announced, but we gathered all the information we have in a speculative review. We also created a new rendering of the X4 M based on the latest data provided by test cars seen on public roads.

Updated 04/04/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X4 M during hi-speed testing on the Nürburgring in Germany.

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Xtomi's Rendering of the BMW X4M has us Itching for the Real Deal

Xtomi’s Rendering of the BMW X4M has us Itching for the Real Deal

We might not have to wait too long to see one

BMW already has a big family of M-badged crossovers and SUVs. The X1 M, X5 M, and X6 M are all in the market. An X3 M is also in the cards, and the X2 just arrived, so you can expect some buzz of an M version arriving soon. Then there’s the X4 M, the middle child in this growing family of raunchy Bimmer M crossovers and SUVs. BMW has yet to confirm the existence of anX4 M, but there have been rumors about its pending arrival, not to mention a multitude of spy photos of the car doing some testing. Even if BMW is (still) keeping mum, the prospect of an X4 M is not a matter of “if” the car is coming as it is “when” it’s arriving.

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2019 BMW X4

2019 BMW X4

The Bavarian jack of all trades gets a second generation

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – people love their SUVs. It seems like every year, the segment gets bigger and more diverse, with a seemingly never-ending parade of tall-riding, off-road-styled, utility-oriented models filling every niche possible. One of the fresher entries in this space is the BMW X4, which hit the scene as recently as 2014 as the Bavarian’s take on compact/mid-size crossover luxury in a sporty, coupe-like package. Making its initial debut at the New York International Auto Show, the first-gen X4 has performed quite well for the brand in terms of sales, moving some 200,000 units since its introduction, nearly 10 percent of which went to the U.S. market. Now, just four years after its release, the X4 is gaining a second generation. Framed as a sporty, yet practical, yet off-road capable evolution of the Bavarian’s upscale SAC (BMW doesn’t like to call it an SUV, instead preferring the “Sports Activity Coupe” nomenclature), the 2019 BMW X4 offers consumers a surprising number of “sporty” updates, including a wider track, new suspension settings, more aggressive proportions, a lower center of gravity, and a more aerodynamic exterior.

The model line once again includes two equipment levels, starting with the xDrive30i, which replaces the outgoing xDrive28i, and ending with the more aggressive M40i, a carryover from the previous model year. Overall, the updates seem to double down on what the X4 does best, and will surely tempt buyers looking for something that can “do it all.” Read on for the details.

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Visual Comparison: 2018 BMW X4 vs 2018 Mercedes GLC Coupe

Visual Comparison: 2018 BMW X4 vs 2018 Mercedes GLC Coupe

There’s something oddly similar about how these two models look

BMW has high hopes for the X4 now that the new coupe-crossover has been unveiled. The new midsize model will now be tasked to compete against a bevy of rivals in its segment, none more important than the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe. An endless amount of debates should ensue now that both models are here. Which one performs better? Which one handles better? These questions are a few of the many that we can expect in the coming months. Those, and which of the two looks better. We’ll try to piece together what we can to answer that last question, though, off the bat, don’t blame us if we can’t arrive at a consensus. The BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe do look alike in a lot of ways.

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BMW Quietly Releases the New X4 SUV

BMW Quietly Releases the New X4 SUV

An X3 with a coupe-style roof

It’s been only four years since BMW introduced the X4 and the coupe-style SUV was redesigned from the ground up. Unveiled without much fuss today, it will make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

So what’s with the rush? It might seem awkward at first glance, but it probably has to do with the fact that the previous X4 was released three years after the X3 which it was based on arrived. With a brand-new X3 launched in 2017, BMW probably wants the X4 to be on par with its sibling. On the other hand, it’s really awkward that BMW kept these plans hidden and unveiled the X4 without the usual teasers and marketing campaign.

Be that as it may, let’s have a closer look at the changes.

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BMW to Strengthen its Electrification Portfolio

BMW to Strengthen its Electrification Portfolio

The 3 Series and the X4 could get battery power

Earlier this year, BMW announced that it was more interested in developing autonomous technology and would essentially shift its focus away from developing electric cars like the BMW i3 and i8. With the “i” division slated to get less attention, there was obviously some drama within the company as executives had mixed feelings about straying away from the brand’s electrification strategy. We weren’t really aware of the tensions within Bimmer over this situation until we learned of rumors that BMW board members had decided to skip the Paris Auto Show altogether to finally put the issue to rest. Now, Handelsblatt has learned from an unnamed source that there has been some progress made and that some BMW models will see electrification without getting the official “i” treatment.

With the BMW i3 struggling to meet sales expectations, it isn’t really a surprise that some executives are iffy on investing more money into the brand’s electrification strategy. But, according to that unnamed sources, executives have agreed to bring battery power to not only the 3 Series but the BMW X4 crossover as well. Furthermore, Mini will also see some electrification with at least one Mini model absorbing a battery pack and electric motor into its architecture as well.

For now, this is all rumor of course, but word has it that the electric Mini would take some DNA from the Mini Rocketman Concept. There’s no word as to whether or not the electrified 3 Series and X4 would be an all-electric or plug-in hybrid, so it could really go either way. BMW should come to a finalized decision sometime this month at which point the company will make an official announcement.

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2016 BMW X4 M40i

2016 BMW X4 M40i

BMW’s long list of vehicles grows yet again with the addition of this, the M40i version of the X4 Sort Activity Coupe. Yep, to compete better with Audi and Porsche, along with the other BMW models already sold, the X4 M40i brings more sport and performance to the table.

More power, better handling, better braking, and some restyled exterior trim work gives the M40i its advantages over the standard X4. Think of the M40i as BMW’s almost an M version of its third smallest crossover.

The X4, like its big brother the X6, is categorized by its sharply sloped rear roof section that gives the vehicle a coupe-like appearance despite its SUV-like proportions. While not the most practical, the design is certainly sportier than the block-ish shape of the X1, X3, and X5,

Like other M Performance models, the X4 has an upgraded version of its original engine. In this case, it’s the familiar 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with forced induction thanks to turbocharging. The result of BMW’s massaging is an extra 55 horsepower and 43 pound-feet of torque. Matching the extra power are performance-oriented Michelin tires wrapped on your choice of 19- or 20-inch wheels motivated by a standard AWD system. But more on those details later.

The M40i will go on sale in February 2016 in the U.S. for a price BMW has yet to release. Expect that information to come when the M40i gets its formal introduction at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

Updated 01/13/2016: BMW brought the X4 M40i at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and announced North American prices for the sports SUV. The model will go on sale in February 2016 at a starting price of under $60k.

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BMW X4 M40i is Set to Arrive in 2016

BMW X4 M40i is Set to Arrive in 2016

BMW is falling in love with SUVs, as it’s already added the X4 to its growing lineup, and the X2 is just around the corner. What’s also right around the corner is the X4 M. According to a new report out of Europe, it appears as if BMW will actually release an X4 M40i just ahead of the full-blown M version.

The report continues by saying that the X4 M40i will come equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that puts out around 350 horsepower. This would give it 50 more horsepower than the current range-topping xDrive35i version of the 2015 BMW X4.

Mated to this more powerful engine will reportedly be a revised version of the existing eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Of course, this model will come standard with Bimmer’s xDrive all-wheel drive. With this drivetrain, we’d likely be looking at a 0-to-60 time of just about five seconds.

In addition to the extra pep, BMW will also work on this sportier X4’s chassis. Look for stiffer springs, larger anti-sway bars, a revised steering system, and better brakes. Also look for some styling bits, like an M Performance aero kit, special wheels, and an upgraded cabin.

According to sources close to BMW, this model will hit the market in the U.K. in the first quarter of 2016. With such a short time between now and its debut, don’t be shocked to see a concept sometime soon. What’s more, reports indicate spy shooters have already caught this model testing.

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BMW Confirms Development of the X3 M and X4 M

BMW Confirms Development of the X3 M and X4 M

BMW’s already-extensive range of M performance models could expand to include the X3 and X4 crossovers once the upcoming 2016 M2 compact arrives at dealerships. That’s the word from BMW M chief, Frank van Meel, who confirmed the brand’s intentions of developing more high-performance crossovers at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show.

The former boss of Audi’s RS division declined to go into specifics, but he acknowledged that "there might be a business opportunity with the X3/X4." The small crossovers would enable the company to continue the success story that began with the X5 M and X6 M, he added according to Autocar. On the other hand, van Meel rejected the idea of an M3 Touring or M7 sedan: "There are more opportunities than at present, but not on every BMW as it makes no sense."

Speaking of other future products, van Meel confirmed that all-wheel drive would eventually be offered on upcoming M cars, likely starting with the next-generation M5 sedan and M6 coupe. However, he said the cars would still be rear-biased, with AWD technology used mostly to increase traction. “The philosophy will remain rear-wheel drive, even if there is all-wheel drive," he noted.

Van Meel also revealed that the M division is investigating the possibility of electrification for its future range, as well as the introduction of electric turbochargers as a way of improving throttle response. A front-wheel-drive M car on the new UKL1 platform, an M version of either the i3 or the i8, and four-cylinder engines for M cars were among the things van Meel dismissed.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X4 M40i Caught Camo-Free

Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X4 M40i Caught Camo-Free

The BMW X4 may not be the most beautiful vehicle to come from Bavaria, but the little crossover is sure to become a sales hit in its segment. While the X4 is already available in U.S. dealerships, the shrunken X6 has yet to receive a performance version. That’s about to change in 2015, when the X4 is set to receive a more powerful and dynamic iteration under the X4 M40i moniker. Sure, it’ll be nowhere near the M version that will hit the streets in the future, but X4 fanatics will have to settle for this slightly beefed-up crossover until further notice.

Development of the M40i began in the first half of 2014, with the first prototype spotted on German streets as early as August. The mule had both its front and rear fascias wrapped in camouflage, and swirly tape hiding the M Performance bits BMW slapped on the crossover. A little more than two months have passed since then and the X4 M40i showed its face in public for the second time. This time around, the crossover is camo-free and spends its vacation from the development facility taking hot laps around the Nurburgring track.

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Video: Porsche Macan vs BMW X4

Video: Porsche Macan vs BMW X4

Some people see the infiltration of compact SUVs into the luxury realm as a bit of a waste. They are only marginally larger than hatchbacks, get worse fuel economy than most hatchbacks and simply aren’t as composed as most hot hatchbacks. But most people haven’t driven the BMW X4 and the all-new Porsche Macan; specifically, the Macan S Diesel and the X4 xDrive30d.

Steve Sutcliffe had the opportunity to not only test out both SUVs, but he also got a chance to test them out back-to-back. What’s more, Steve refrained from doing the typical "how fast does it go" test. Though he did get into straight-line speed, he also tested out their light off-road capabilities, roominess and handling.

The BMW X4 xDrive30d carries with it 258 horses, 560 Nm (413 pound-feet) of torque, a 0-to-62-mph time of 5.8 seconds and a 234-km/h (145-mph) top speed. The Porsche Macan S Diesel carries 258 horsepower, 580 Nm (428 pound-feet) of torque, a 0-to-62-mph sprint of 6.3 seconds and a 230-km/h (142-mph) top speed. On paper, it appears as if the X4 will trot to an easy victory, but Sutcliffe goes beyond paper to see if the X4 can hold up in real life too.

Check out the video to see the results of the test.

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2014 BMW X4 by Manhart Performance

2014 BMW X4 by Manhart Performance

The X6 found itself a little brother when BMW unveiled the X4 at the New York Auto Show in April 2014. The X4 was everything the X6 was without the size or the price tag. Naturally, the SUV has gained popularity in the months since its debut. Well, it’s expected to be more popular now that Manhart Performance has developed a program specifically for the X4.

The German aftermarket company created a tuning kit that should provide more driving pleasure for owners of Bimmer’s new coupe crossover, at least that’s my takeaway after perusing through the all the goodies of Manhart’s kit. The overall look of the Manhart-tuned X4 doesn’t deviate from the original version, which suggests that the tuning firm didn’t add as many aerodynamic upgrades as I would’ve hoped. Still, the lack in cosmetic improvements shouldn’t dissuade customers from purchasing the program. Manhart Performance does have a new set of wheels to offer, as well as a lowering kit and engine modifications that should provide ample improvements in the X4’s horsepower output.

Consider this one an introductory kit from Manhart Performance, because I think the tuner has something even more special down the road.

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2015 BMW X4

2015 BMW X4

Nearly 20 years after the SUV craze got started, automakers are still churning out the oversized station wagons like the U.S. Mint prints dollar bills. BMW fans thought the world was collapsing when the X5 rolled off the assembly line in 2000, but nowadays, the Bavarian company has more SUV models than it’s ever had, with yet another on the way.

Set to debut at the New York Auto Show April 16, the 2015 BMW X4 is the company’s latest iteration of the ‘Sport Activity Coupe’ design, following the larger X6. On sale since 2008, the X6 has sold 250,000 units to date worldwide. That’s not a tremendous number, but still enough to justify the addition of a second and smaller Sport Activity Coupe, at least in BMW’s eyes.

The X4 is reminiscent of the Gran Turismo version of the 3 and 5-Series sedans, but with a larger front grille, taller ride height, and a capable all-wheel-drive system allowing it to traverse terrain otherwise impassable in a standard-height sedan. The combination of AWD and higher ground clearance plus the sporty handling of a 3-Series affords the X4 the ability to bridge the gap between vehicles, allowing customers to have a vehicle that both drives like a car while performing in adverse weather conditions like an SUV. Perhaps the X4 is the best of both worlds. But perhaps it gives up the best of those two worlds while being left with the scrappy leftovers – the unlikable trade-offs from each. Let take a closer look to find out.

Updated 06/26/2014: The new BMW X4 made its on-screen debut today when the first commercial aired. Enjoy!

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Spy Shots: 2015 BMW X4 Begins Winter Testing

BMW has become the king of pointless niche-market cars in recent years and it doesn’t look like the Bavarians have any plans of stopping. No they haven’t announced a new 3 Series coupe, but we do have spy shots of the upcoming X4 soft-roader doing a bit of cold-weather romping through the snow.

The X4 is a swoopier version of the X3 much the same way that the X6 was a swoopier version of the X5. This new, and very pointless, coupe-like SUV is designed to attract young and enthusiastic individuals who want the practicality that comes with an SUV without all that pesky ugliness that comes with having a truly utilitarian vehicle.

In these latest shots, we can see that the car has lost even more of its camo, and we have a nice solid look at the front end. It is pretty clear that the production X4 will look very similar to its concept version, not exactly a surprise.

I think the X4 is a pretty stupid idea, but the Range Rover Evoque has proved that there is a market for small, mostly useless SUVs. Of course the Evoque is supermodel attractive, and the X4 looks like the lump on Quasimodo’s back, so that may make a difference in when it goes on sale.

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Spy Shots: 2015 BMW X4 Exposes its Rising Shoulder-Line

The striptease is on folks, and the X4 is on center stage showing off its sides, as it starts losing some camouflage. That’s right, our spy photographers caught the new BMW X4, X5 and X6 parked at the Nϋrburgring raceway, and it is wearing less camo than the last time we saw it.

Though this doesn’t reveal much about what’s going on out back — the part that really matters on this sweet-looking crossover coupe — it does give us an idea of the styling we can expect from the profile view. The side features a rising shoulder-line that seems to connect the front and rear door handles. We can also see that the lower parts of the doors have a nice scallop to them, helping add some sportiness to the upcoming addition to Bimmers lineup.

The front and rear ends are still under cover, but thanks to the earlier unveiled X4 concept, we know that this model will feature the new BMW face — to-the-grille headlights and the slightly forward-leaning kidney grille — unlike the recently shown 2 Series.

The only detail that we have on the back that the X4 will feature a large cargo hatch, like the X6.

The drivetrain lineup is still a mystery, but we assume that it will start out with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower, and the top trim levels will likely carry a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder that starts around 300 horsepower and moves up from there.

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Spy Shots: 2015 BMW X4 Caught on German Streets

The BMW lineup shifting continues beyond the addition of the 2 Series and 4 Series with an all-new crossover SUV that it has dubbed the X4. Positioned just below the existing X6, we expect this SUV to carry the same underpinnings as the X3, as well as its engine lineup here in the U.S., but to feature a body style more similar to the X6.

This was made evident by the X4 concept that BMW unveiled recently and now our spy photographers caught on in action. Our spy shooters caught this miniature X6 testing out in the open on roads in Germany. A less keen eye may have chocked this up as a new X6, but its smaller proportions were a dead giveaway to our photographers’ keen eyes.

Though the 2015 X4 rides on the same platform as the X3, it does sit lower and wider, which means this sporty SUV will likely handle significantly better than its X3 donor. Engines will likely include a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the X4 xDrive28i and a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder with 306 horsepower in the X4 xDrive35i. We may also see an xDrive35is model with a few extra horses.

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2015 BMW X4 Concept

2015 BMW X4 Concept

BMW has been twiddling around with the BMW X4 since 2008 when the idea of a sportier version of the X3 was looking like a profitable venture. Back then, the German automaker was calling it a Sport Activity Sedan (SAS) and had thought they might be able to crank it out in 2010. Obviously that didn’t pan out, but plans for the X6’s smaller brother are still in the works, with a possible debut in 2013.

As you can see from the leaked prototype image provided above, the BMW X4 will get many of its exterior components from the X3, including the use of the X3’s platform. Rumors suggest that the future vehicle will be produced at the company’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, which would be fitting considering the passion we, as Americans, have for SUVs.

Do we need another sporty off-roader to cram into our parking spaces and guzzle up more gas? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that the future BMW X4 won’t zoom right out of dealerships when it finally goes on sale.

UPDATE 04/05/2013: BMW has officially lifted the veil from the X4 Concept to confirm that the leaked concept images are, in fact, a reality. Also released were three videos of the new X4 concept (above). BMW went rather deep into the design of the X4 Concept, but left any details regarding the drivetrain out. See the details after the jump and you can find the images in the gallery.

UPDATE 04/17/2013: BMW has dropped a set of new images for the X4 Concept car. Find them in the picture gallery!

UPDATE 06/14/2013: The folks over at BMW Blog were at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, and caught the real-life X4 concept sitting on the floor. So they did what any auto-loving bloggers would do: snap tons of images and put them online. The new images are after the jump and more in the Gallery.

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BMW X4 Concept will be unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Rumors about a possible BMW X4 have been out and about for quite some time now, but it has been confirmed that a concept version of the X4 will be unveiled in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. According to BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer this will be a near-production prototype that will offer customers a pretty good idea on the X4’s design.

The next X4 will be built on the same platform as the second-generation X3, but it will feature individual styling that will put it closer to the X6’s design. It will be distinguished by a coupe-style roofline, four doors and a heavily angled one-piece tailgate.

Under the hood we will most likely see the same engine as the new X3, including both four-cylinder diesel and straight six-cylinder gasoline engine. BMW will also offer an M version powered by a twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder gasoline engine - the same to be used in the next M3.

The BMW X4 will go on sale in North America in early 2014. The model will be priced at about $42K and will target models like the upcoming Porsche Macan.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 BMW X4

BMW has already confirmed their plans of adding another model to their X-Series line-up. The new X4 will join the current X3, X5, and X6 models, and it should be unveiled by the end of 2012. The X4 will be built on the same platform as the X3 and will be produced at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.

The new X4 will feature BMW’s latest design language, including a slightly forward-slanting kidney grille and LED accent lights positioned like eyebrows above the striking twin headlights.

Built on the same platform as the X3, the upcoming X4 will be offered with the same engines as the X3, but with power improvements - the most powerful version will deliver up to 306 HP. An M version will be powered by a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with 350 HP.

Let us know what you think of our renderings in the comment section below!

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A BMW X4 with an M version in the works

A BMW X4 with an M version in the works

The first rumors of a BMW X4 started back in 2008, but this year the rumors have gotten even stronger. Now we get an almost official confirmation: BMW officials in Hamburg said that a smaller, more affordable X4 model has apparently been on the drawing board in Munich for some time now. The car will be built as BMW’s response to the new Range Rover Evoque.

The next BMW X4 will be built on the same platform as the second-generation X3 and will be powered by the same engines as the X3, but with a few power improvements. There will be a 2-liter diesel engine that will deliver 177 hp, a 3-liter diesel that will deliver 231 hp, and the turbo version that will deliver 300 hp. The petrol engine will start from a 2-liter four-cylinder engine that will deliver 163 hp and will go up to a 3-liter turbo engine that will deliver 306 hp.

Another version, most likely for an X4 M model is the engine from the upcoming 1-series M Coupe: a 350bhp twin-turbo 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder mated to an eight speed automatic.

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BMW working on new X4 crossover

BMW working on new X4 crossover

This isn’t the first time we have presented an article on the possibility of a BMW X4 crossover. Here at Top Speed, we made a preview of the car a long time ago, but this is the first time we can confirm that BMW is seriously considering a smaller brother for the very successful BMW X6 on the market.

In an interview with AutoCar, a source said: "We haven’t made any firm decision, however, the X6’s success shows there is a continued demand for sporty off-roaders."

It’s possible that the next X4 will share the platform with the X3 with a design inspired from both the 2001 X Coupe concept and the X6.

Under the hood, the X4 will feature the same engines as the X3, but with a few power improvements. There will be a 2-liter diesel engine that will deliver 177 hp, a 3-liter diesel that will deliver 231 hp, and the turbo version that will deliver 300 hp. The petrol engine will start from a 2-liter four-cylinders engine that will deliver 163 hp and will go up to a 3-liter turbo engine that will deliver 306 hp.

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BMW X4 coming next year

2010 BMW X4

BMW just loves molding its sedans into funny shapes, and so in the future, we will likely see more derivatives of BMW’s 3- and 5-series platforms. In fact BMW announced that future vehicle will include a new mid-sized SUV (yes, BMW calls it a SAV - Sport Activity Vehicle - but we’re not playing that game.) It will be called X4 and is set to be revealed sometime next year.

Based off the 3-Series, the X4 will be to the X3 like what the X6 is to the X5. It will borrow styling themes introduced on the X6, meaning it will be a tall, five-door fastback. Like its other X-Series siblings (except the X1), all-wheel drive will likely be the only drivetrain available. Also like the other BMW SUVs, it should be produced at the Spartanburg, South Carolina plant.

Even in uncertain fuel pricing times, BMW seems to be banking its future on SUVs. The X1 will go on sale in Europe next year and in USA in 2010. A redesigned X3 is scheduled for 2010 and a diesel version of the X5, with the complicated name X5 xDrive35d debuts this year. The X6 will get a freshening in 2012.

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BMW X4 coming in 2012?

BMW X4 coming in 2012?

It seems that BMW is very pleased with the newly launched X6 as they decided to built a smaller version called X4. The future Sports Activity Sedan (SAS) will share the same platform as the future X3, and as its big brother will not have the interior space or the sportiveness of a SUV, but will attract buyers that are looking for originality.

The guys at Auto Zeitung came up with a photoshop of what the BMW X4 might look like: a combination between the X3 and X6.

For now the X4 is just a rumor, but we might see it in the future!

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2010 BMW X4

2010 BMW X4

A Coupe SUV is something everyone is expecting. Land Rover has already announced the LRX Concept for the Detroit Auto Show; so it was about time for the best German maker to start working on a coupe SUV. The upcoming model will be based on the X3 SUV; actually will be a shrinked X3 with two-doors. BMW will launch a concept version sometime this year; while the production version will follow in 2009 and sales will begin in 2010.

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