Autocar: “BMW X4 – don’t rule it out”

Rumors | July 17th, 2010 by 5
BMW X4 4door Autocar: BMW X4   dont rule it out

The rumors and speculations around a possible BMW X4 continue to ramp up. First news around the X4 showed up back in 2008, at a …

The rumors and speculations around a possible BMW X4 continue to ramp up. First news around the X4 showed up back in 2008, at a time when the X6 was relatively new to the market and the idea of a smaller Sports Activity Coupe seemed appropriate.

Backed up by X6’s strong sales (over 80,000 sales worldwide), the business case of the X4 seems to be back on the table.

In a discussion with BMW officials, Autocar learned about BMW’s interest in another all-wheel-drive X-model, but without an official confirmation at the moment.

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BMW X4 4door Autocar: BMW X4   dont rule it out

Thing is, the unexpected showroom success of the X6 has left BMW high ups wondering whether they should push ahead with a smaller, more affordable X4 model that has apparently been on the drawing board in Munich for some time now. The BMW officials in Hamburg weren’t saying as much. But reading between the lines, it was clear they were fishing for thoughts on whether such a car warranted inclusion in the company’s future model line-up.

Having now seen the conservative route BMW has taken with the second-generation X3, it appears there could be scope for a more sporting X4 derivative off the same four-wheel drive platform – BMW’s answer to the three-door Range Rover Evoque if you will.

And at the end of their article, Autocar leaves with the following statement: “Most interesting of all, BMW will not deny an X4 is on the way.”

Back in June, we reported that the BMW X4 would be sold alongside the new X3, with a clear differentiation as between the X5 and X6. Sources indicated that the X4 would share most hardware and interior parts with the X3.

The X4 will be exclusively build at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.

[Source: Autocar ]

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