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New Rendering: BMW X4

Rumors | February 14th, 2011 by 18
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BMW X4 moves up from a rumor status to a vehicle that our insiders say is well underway within the development process and a concept …

BMW X4 moves up from a rumor status to a vehicle that our insiders say is well underway within the development process and a concept of the small Sports Activity Coupe will be revealed in 2012.

The X4 would share most hardware and interior parts with the X3 and will be exclusively build at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.

BMW X4 SAC is said to be a smaller and more agile four-seater, and 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 SAV upon which it is based. We call it a downsized alternative to the bigger brother, the X6 Sports Activity Coupe.

New Rendering: BMW X4

Our sources say the X4 will be offered with various 4- and 6-cylinder engines, and probably in the future, a hybrid version, similar to the X6 ActiveHybrid or the future X3 hybrid. All-wheel-drive is likely to be the only torque delivery system offered.

Design wise, the X4 will keep a bloodline with the X3, although the front and rear will be seperate designs. The smaller SAC makes use of BMW’s latest design philosophy in which wheelarches are defined by making them more three-dimensional, instead of building them out by adding more technicality and un-needed lines.

The production version of the X4 will hit the market in 2014. For now, enjoy this latest rendering.

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  • http://www.bimmerboost.com BimmerBoost.com

    Who is the rendering by?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001688446429 Giom Mouton

    This can get interesting!

    Great render!

  • Laszlo

    “…BMW’s latest design philosophy in which wheelarches are defined by making them more three-dimensional, instead of building them out by adding more technicality and un-needed lines….”

    what is this mean ? is it an another BS like bungle’s explanation of the ugly cars he did ? flame surfacing and concave-convex vectoring.. what else did he used to say… oh yes, slant your eyes and turn around in a dark and the car almost looks beautiful.

    a pretty does not need explanation the ugly does.

    this X4 actually looks pretty good so leave the BS. We needed that with bungle but no more.

  • ferrarifan

    Optional 5 seats please. A lot of people like style while being able to seat 5.

  • Heddlu_Cymru M5

    The car looks like a mini X6, don’t get me wrong because it is actually good! A lot of people here like the ”extra-ordinary niche” design of the X6. If this is going on sale, it could also sell like a its big brother X6…

  • T

    Yes that is the purpose of the X4 to add the same level of sportiness to the important Premium Entry segment . Think of the X4 going into direct competition with the Porsche Cajun which according to rumours is more of a Sport Activity Coupe shape than a mini-Cayenne. What better competition than the offspring of the car that defined the Sport Activity Coupe?

    The X4 for BMW is potentially a no-brainer because it is practically cost-effective to produce. Allbeit using the same platform and award winning mechanicals as found under the X3 although with an enhanced Dynamic Performance Control system to add more dynasim to the car , in a similar way BMW can differentiate the X6 from the X5.
    Also BMW will more than likely produce the car alongside the X3 in Spartanburg, as it makes sense both in locality and financially.

    Even BMW are surprised by the sales response to the X6 that they believe there is room for an additional Sport Activity Coupe in the Premium Entry segment.
    But can cover the whole segment with a choice of potentially two turbo-charged Petrols , possibly three diesels , Potential Active Hybrid model and very likely an
    X4M which given the arrival of the production car would very much be powered by the upcoming turbocharged engine that will be seen in the next M3.

    Potentially an X4 20d xDrive could be the biggest seller of the range , offering efficiency , sporty handling in a sleek very dynamic body style. that could potentially seat five.

  • Brett

    I love this rendering! I am a current X6 owner, and love my car, but please offer a 5 seat option. It will attract more family buyers. Great car.

  • Woo Hoo

    Nice to see that it’s not a ‘mnini’ X6. IMHO the X6 is a ‘legacy’ vehicle. The next Gen X6 will look less ‘bangle’.

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  • jimmy

    This looks awful and the x4 idea is pointless,please bmw do not consider doing something like this.It’s not what a proper bimmer shoud be

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  • Bill smith

    As an m3 owner And aging baby boomer I’d like a sports coupe that is easy to get in and out of like this x4 Don’t listen to the comments as to how impractical this vehicle is or is not. Most sports coupes have tight back seats and limited storage. I think the x 6 is a great design. Cars are an emotional purchase. If you want transportation and practicality buy a prius I’ll take an x4 m.

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  • CheapSeats

    As a current 2007 Sport Pkg X3 owner, I am very interested in this new iteration on the 3-series platform. I love the style of it contrary to some other BMWista’s take on it. I have read some of the gripes people have had with this X4 coming to market and truly do not think they understand the logic behind this vehicle, much less the original X3.  First, and foremost, the X3 (and the X4) will be built on the 3-series platform which is arguably one of the best around. Granted, there is some compromise on the handling with an elevated center of gravity but compared to other SUV’s, it is superior. Try taking an exit ramp romp in a Lexus RX and you will fully understand the point. Second, compared to the X5 and X6, it weighs in at 800-900 lbs less and makes the new turbo six truly exciting in the X3 form. OK, if you need more passenger room, get an X5/6 and accept the liabilities. If you just need more cockpit room because you are very tall or voluminous, then I completely understand why you would want bigger operating quarters that the 5 series platform provides. Third, I live in Colorado and love the 8″ of ground clearance so that my vehicle does not become a snowplow in the midst of a winter storm.  I would surely love to be driving a 335i xdrive, but truly need to be able to carry 3 road bikes INSIDE the vehicle or transport 4 people and all of their ski stuff including 4 sets of boots for a week of skiing.  This is just not possible when relegated to the trunk of a 335i. 
    In the final analysis, I have tried to purchase a vehicle that does it all and this is the one. I accept the penalty that this does not drive like some great cars I have had in the past like a beloved 95 M3, but it is still fun for a daily driver.  And yes, I will probably pick up a sports car again for those weekends when I just want to drive somewhere.

  • CheapSeats

    As a current 2007 Sport Pkg X3 owner, I am very interested in this new iteration on the 3-series platform. I love the style of it contrary to some other BMWista’s take on it. I have read some of the gripes people have had with this X4 coming to market and truly do not think they understand the logic behind this vehicle, much less the original X3.  First, and foremost, the X3 (and the X4) will be built on the 3-series platform which is arguably one of the best around. Granted, there is some compromise on the handling with an elevated center of gravity but compared to other SUV’s, it is superior. Try taking an exit ramp romp in a Lexus RX and you will fully understand the point. Second, compared to the X5 and X6, it weighs in at 800-900 lbs less and makes the new turbo six truly exciting in the X3 form. OK, if you need more passenger room, get an X5/6 and accept the liabilities. If you just need more cockpit room because you are very tall or voluminous, then I completely understand why you would want bigger operating quarters that the 5 series platform provides. Third, I live in Colorado and love the 8″ of ground clearance so that my vehicle does not become a snowplow in the midst of a winter storm.  I would surely love to be driving a 335i xdrive, but truly need to be able to carry 3 road bikes INSIDE the vehicle or transport 4 people and all of their ski stuff including 4 sets of boots for a week of skiing.  This is just not possible when relegated to the trunk of a 335i. 
    In the final analysis, I have tried to purchase a vehicle that does it all and this is the one. I accept the penalty that this does not drive like some great cars I have had in the past like a beloved 95 M3, but it is still fun for a daily driver.  And yes, I will probably pick up a sports car again for those weekends when I just want to drive somewhere.

  • Brady Cole

    I’m currently on my 3rd e46 coupe (01 325, 03 M3, and 06 330ci zhp).  Recently test drove a new X3, and as much as I like the higher seating position, AWD and to a lesser extent, the storage space that SAV’s offer -  I’m just not ready to become “that” guy. An X4 is exactly what I am looking for. I thought the X6′s were great the moment they were intoduced and thought I’d pick one up on the used market in a couple years..  May change my plans with an X4 on the way. I’m hoping by then that we may have a wider range of engines offered – particularly the diesels (manual trans please) or a gas/electric hybrid.

  • Peter Hoes

    It looks like a smaller version of the 535xi Gran Turismo. I just bought a GT and love it since it is more than a car and slightly less than a full SUV, a sweet-spot niche into which I happily fit.

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