BMW is determined to launch forty cars by the end of the decade. The recent onslaught of new models sees a lot of the range being all-new before 2020. This range revamp also sees a new kind of M car in the form of the X4 M. Our spies spotted the high-performance X4 at BMW's factory in South Carolina.
The long-rumored sports crossover is still wearing a disguise but there are key M design markers that set it apart from old spy shots. At the front is a more aggressive front fascia with deep air intakes. The bumpers also appear to have a different design from the standard M Sport kit affair. A closer look at the car sees a different intercooler set up, indicating that this is a different test car.
Its wheel and tire combination is also noticeably different from the other test cars photographed. Peeking through the wheels are big brake calipers, and cross-drilled rotors. Moving to the rear, indicators that this is the X4 M are a set of large, quad exhaust tips, and prominent lip spoilers on two parts of the rear hatch. With the X4 getting re-engineered by the M Division, it is possible that the X3 might get the same treatment.
It is yet to be known what will power the 2018 X4 M. Our spies say that it will be a new engine, called the S58. If confirmed, the X4 M will stick to tradition by featuring an inline-six engine. For more power, it is boosted by two turbochargers. According to our spies, power output is pegged at 450 PS.
xDrive all-wheel drive will likely be standard and transmission will possibly by an M-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission. Once it goes into production, the X4 M will be the smallest M crossover in the range.