Moving away from the BMW 4 Series, we deep dive into BMW’ next product that could possibly lead to the other German rivals going back to their drawing boards.
Yes, we are talking about the BMW X4 – one of the several niches that the Bavarian automaker plans to bust open in the upcoming years.
The idea of the BMW X4 comes from a very successful BMW product - the BMW X6. The BMW X6 was a successful product despite the world automotive press criticizing it for its sheer pointlessness.
Now, BMW wants to re-create history by making a smaller version of the BMW X6. Touted to be the smallest coupe-crossover from the BMW stable, the BMW X4 definitely has a very important task cut out for it. It should be able to sell volumes to keep BMW on the top of the charts and far ahead of the competition.
What do we know about the 2014 BMW X4?
- Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW Group Board Member confirmed the existence of the BMW X4 and revealed that production will occur at the Spartanburg plant in the US.
- The easiest way to understand the X4 is to think of it as a downsized BMW X6.
- Internally codenamed F26, the BMW X4 will share the platform with the BMW X3. It will measure 4.65 meters long (183 inches), the same length as the X3. It will be offered in four-wheel drive versions only.
- Design wise, the BMW X4 will take its styling cues from the X6. At the same time, it will maintain an unique stance with a comprehensively redesigned front fascia. A swooping, BMW X6-like roofline will be the key characteristic of the new SAC. The roofline will blend into a bolder, more athletic rear-end.
- The X4 will also inherit the engine lineup from the X3. A hybrid version, similar to the X6 ActiveHybrid, is being planned for the future. An eight-speed ZF transmission will be standard across the range.
- There are also plans for a X4M with 450hp mated to a M-DCT gearbox transmitting power to all wheels. It will also feature sport tuned suspension and an electro-mechanical control system. BMW plans to use carbon fiber extensively while making the X4M to ensure a lightweight construction.
- When ready in 2014, the BMW X4 will compete against Range Rover Evoque and Porsche Macan crossovers.
[Source: BMWblog.com & AutoExpress.co.uk]