From out of left field comes a new rumor in the BMW world and one that took us by surprise. The “most of the time” credible InsideLine reports that BMW is hard at work on a new X-model, BMW X4.
Labeled as a smaller version of the X6, the BMW X4 would be sold alongside the new X3, with a clear differentiation as between the X5 and X6.
BMW sources told InsideLine that the X4 would share most hardware and interior parts with the X3. The rumors around a possible X4 model began to appear in 2008 when we reported that BMW was considering an X4 SAS, short for Sports Activity Sedan. Same as the latest rumors, the BMW X4 would have been based on the X3 model and it will be exclusively build at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.
But at that time, our sources mentioned the BMW X4 SAS as being is in fact a four door off-road sedan, placed somewhere in the crossover market. Furthermore, we mentioned that the X4 will be released in an all wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive variants.
And back in April, another BMW source told Autocar in reference to the X4 that “We haven’t made any firm decision, however, the X6’s success shows there is a continued demand for sporty off-roaders.”
The following question arises though: is there a need for an X4 in the current line-up and even market conditions?
Could the X4 model be a sporty vehicle that focuses mostly on performance and less on utility, at a lower price than the X6?[Source: InsideLine ]
An older rendering of the BMW X4