According to our sources and those from AutoWeek, the BMW X4 will debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January. The fifth X-model will first debut in concept form with the production version launching in 2014.
Built under the code F26, the X4 shares the same platform as the new X3, and will be positioned, price wise, below the X5. According to our sources, the X4 is 4.65 meters long (183 inches), same length as the F25 X3. The “baby-SAC”, short for Sports Activity Coupe, will compete against the Porsche Macan that is scheduled to launch around the same time.
The 2014 BMW X4 will differ visually from the X3 in the same way as the X5 and X6 pair. The design language begins with the X6 lines in mind, but with the latest BMW design language deeply embedded into the final product which translates into a redesigned front fascia and athletic rear end with an angled one-piece tailgate. To give the “baby-SAC” a more dynamic and sportier look, the designers have drawn a swooping roofline.
Under the hood we expect to see the same power options as the X3, in both petrol and diesel, with four and six-cylinders. Rumors of a BMW X4 M appeared earlier this summer, but it remains unknown if the company has greenlighted a new M-SAV. AutoWeek states that such model would appear at the end of 2014 using the same powerplant as the upcoming M3, a six-cylinder twin-turbo gasoline engine.
Furthermore, the M engineers have plans for an X4 M diesel which will expand the M Performance Automobiles lineup. The X4 M-tuned diesel would make use of a detuned version of BMW’s tri-turbo 3.0 liter engine.
BMW will begin production of the X4 later this year at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.