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Rumor: BMW X4 Canceled Or Delayed

Featured Posts, Rumors | June 17th, 2011 by 12

According to Autocar UK, the long-time rumored BMW X4 has been canceled…for now. Initially rumored to appear in 2012, the X4 Sports Activity Coupe would …

According to Autocar UK, the long-time rumored BMW X4 has been canceled…for now. Initially rumored to appear in 2012, the X4 Sports Activity Coupe would shared most hardware and interior parts with the X3 and be exclusively build at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. Autocar, quoting BMW officials, says plans for the X4 are on hold pending a new platform strategy that will center on greater commonality between the X3 and X5.

BMW X4 was envisioned to be a smaller and more agile four-seater, receiving individual styling in a move to give it a more sporting image and enable BMW to position it higher than the X6 SAC upon which it is based.

Back in February, our sources said 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.

Rumor: BMW X4 Canceled Or Delayed

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.

It remains unknown if the platform change will also influence the styling of the smaller Sports Activity Coupe.

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  • Br

    I think the X4 was unnecessary… however, I’d like to see BMW carry some of the X4 and X6 design elements into the X3 and X5. I think 3 SUV (SAV?) offerings is enough, but I like the sporty look of the X4 and X6.

    • Anonymous

      True, look at Audi AG with Q3, Q5 and Q7. They intend to launch a Q3’s 2-door (Q4), a Q5’s 2-door (Q6) and a small one, based on Audi A1, brilliantly called Q1. And some say about a Q2 and Q8!

  • Viper

    not the first time bmw canceled something.

  • Adam23

    I think the X4 makes more sense than the X6, which nobody is buying.

    Cancel the X6 and bring out the X4.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842858183 Ahmad Haziq

      But it’s the other case here in my country, we have so many X6 on the road! It’s like a fest of 3-Series!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      x6 is extremely popular. BMW sold a lot more they ever expected !
      It’s the 5GT that is tanking and not without a reason.

      The X6 was supposed to be a limited production niche vehicle and they sold more then they ever hoped.

      • Efozab

        What? Who says the 5GT is “tanking”? Have you seen the sale figures in China, Russia and Middle East. The 5 GT is a huge success in markets which actually really count given today’s otherwise frustrated markets. You can even say that BMW as a company, like ALL other international companies, more interested in such markets that the tired and bankrupt US market.

  • T.

    The X4 was never coming out in 2012. It was always earmarked for 2014.
     
    X4 now moves to a shorter modular  platform of the next X5/X6 this was done because the F20/F30 offered packaging issues for the sportier X4 .
     
    They intend the architecture to form the next X-series family.    From what I have heard is that in the next generation of X5 and X6 there are more changes to distinguish the cars from each other especially at the front and rear . I have not seen the X6 but I have seen the X5 and given the conservative approach by Mercedes-Benz’s new M-Klasse – X5 goes for a more sportier appearance. BMW have also been successful in a significant weight reduction for the next X5 and X6.
     
    With the X4 the designers chose to further distinguish the car from the X3. Although there is a relationship in the design elements. The front and rear are less X3 and more dynamic looking.
     
    X4 has a huge potential especially in markets like North America. X4 is driven by investigation that has shown that in  markets across the world that those who cannot afford a new X6 intend to go for the pre-owned route.  Given the X4 falls into the Premium Entry segment and the signifgance of this segment in this decade. It is that the X4 hopes to attract customers those who want a smaller X6 and those who cannot stretch to the actual X6.
     
    “I think the X4 makes more sense than the X6, which nobody is buying”
     
    That is actually wrong. Whilst X6 might not be as popular in it’s initial projected markets.
    The X6 is very much a best selling import to Asia , Russia , South America and the Middle East. BMW are fast approaching the 160,000 unit of the X6 which is signifcant because by the two year establishment period from launch. BMW had expected only 40,000 units in that period. X6 has sold over three times that projection.
    Whilst that is good news for BMW it is also testament to the associates at BMW Spartanburg where the car is manufactured. It also means the successor will continue to be built there.

    As for the Sport Activity Coupe itself? You are about to see the reaction. Mercedes-Benz have a GLS Concept coming soon which is their concept for an Premium Segment Sport Activity Coupe based on the new ML-Klasse. And Audi are currently developing their Q4 and Q6 which again are X6 competitors.
    And it is all because the World largest luxury car market – China where the X6 is highly profitable in it’s largest market.

  • Brett

    Bring in the X4 and get rid of the 5 GT. The 5 GT is ther biggest waste of metal since the Renault Dauphine.

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