Newest rumor from Munich brings forward the idea of a BMW X4. First news around an X4 model came around in 2007, but they amplified earlier this year when other several automotive outlets reported on a future, smaller version of the X6 Sports Activity Coupe.
According to our sources, the BMW X4 has moved from an idea to the Concept stage and will be first shown in 2011. The production model will be launched in late 2013, early 2014. We learned 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. The Spartanburg plant have increased its capacity from a previous 160,000 to 240,000, and the expansion was presented today to automotive journalists. (We will report on this later this week).
Along the same lines, AutoWeek reports today that the X4 is a smaller and more agile four-seater. The X4 is set to receive individual styling in a move to give it a more sporting image and enable BMW to position it higher than the SUV upon which it is based.
According to AutoWeek, those who have seen the latest design proposals suggest the X4 differs from the X3 in much the same way the X6 is removed from the X5, with a bullish front end, curved coupe-style roofline, four doors and heavily angled tailgate.
“The design is not finalized, but we know the direction and it will likely surprise,” a source told AutoWeek.
As with any new product, expect to hear more news and rumors in the near future, and of course, the much-hyped renderings.