Anton Andres / CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | May 03, 2017 11:13
BMW prepares the X3's sleeker sibling
For the past couple of months, we have shared to you several spy shots of the next-generation BMW X3. BMW has gone as far as releasing official photos of the car, albeit still with the disguise, signalling the crossover's upcoming debut. This time around, it's the X4's turn to get snapped by our spies.
Perhaps its no surprise that BMW has lined up the all-new X4 for its new car roster since the X3 will debut soon. This being an even numbered BMW, the second-generation model will continue the “Sport Activity Coupe” line of the marque. For the X4, expect a slightly different front fascia from the X3, which is what BMW did for the soon to be outgoing models. It's also worth noting that there are wider openings for the air intakes, suggesting that the variant spied here is an M Sport model.
On to its side, there's the signature roofline BMW crossover coupes have had since the first-generation X6. It retains the three-window setup but now boasts a more prominent and defined Hoffmeister kink. Looking at the wheels, these are all-new designs and just behind them are blue brake calipers, a signature M Sport touch.
Only a little detail can be seen at the rear. However, we do see the tip of the tailgate kick upwards, just like in the current model. It also appears that it now has slimmer and wider tail lights as well. Moving to the lower half of the rear, we see that the license plate holder has been moved to the bumper and it gets a pair of trapezoidal exhaust pipes.
As for engines, expect them to be carried over from the upcoming X3. It boasts a range of turbocharged gas and turbodiesels, ranging from four to six cylinders. With BMW also committing to the iPerformance brand, it is also likely there will be a plug-in hybrid version as well.
Just a few months ago, BMW CEO Harald Krueger announced plans to release 40 new models before the decade ends. The German automaker has since released the all-new 7 Series, 5 Series, 2 Series Active Tourer and X1. There have also been several development cars seen by our spies as well.