BMW X4 and 4 Series – Two completely new lines from BMW
Posted on: May 23, 2012 - 11:04am IST
Known for inventing whole new range of cars, BMW has taken the maximum risk when it comes to product lines. Some worked in favor like the BMW X1 and X6 while others like the BMW Gran Turismo bombed quite badly. But that doesn’t stop BMW from trying its luck over and over again.
The Bavarian auto giant is all set invent 2 new product lines – BMW X4 and the 4 series Coupe.
First up is the BMW X4 which has maximum chances of making it to India. The BMW X4 is a similar but smaller version of the BMW X6. It will be a crossover between a coupe and an SUV and will be the entry level SAV (Sports Activity Coupe). Codenamed F26, the BMW X4 will be built on the existing X3 platform and will feature a coupe like roofline.
A range of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will find their home under the bonnet. The ZF eight-speed automatic will do the cog shifting duties. The X4 will target the Land Rover Evoque, as well as the forthcoming Audi Q6 and Porsche Macan models.
Moving on to 4 Series, BMW will split the 3 series line up into 3 and 4 series. The artist rendering reveals a exquisite coupe that will compete against the Audi A5 and the upcoming baby SLS.
The artist has done a brilliant job with the 4 Series rendering and if the production model looks anything like that, BMW has a winner in their hands. Of course IAB readers have already been told why BMW invented the 4 Series.
BMW’s biggest challenge would to demarcate the 4 Series and the 5 Series in terms of style, design and equipment. Just like the X4 would be a cheaper X6, the 4 Series will be a cheaper 6 Series. The 4 Series Coupe will be offered in three lines: Sports, Modern and Luxury. It will make use of existing 3 Series engine but with more power.