In 1999 BMW introduced their first SUV – the X5 – today, SUV sales make up ¼ of all sales for BMW. In the interest of expanding its lineup, and with it the number of potential customers, BMW will debut a near production ready X4 SUV concept at the Shanghai Auto Show on April 20th.
BMW is calling the X4 a Sports Activity Coupe or SAC, which is modeled after BMW’s larger four door utility coupe, the X6. Though BMW says the X4 is a concept, it is certain that they will produce the car at their Spartanburg, South Carolina factory where the X5 is also produced.
The design language communicated by the new 3 series can be seen in the BMW X4. An updated version BMW’s trademark halo lights flows into the car’s kidney grill thanks to the use of LEDs. Short overhangs and a wide track help to give the car a sporty feel, as does 21” alloy wheels, and a rear sloping roofline. Along the side of the car BMW has incorporated two sculptural character lines that start just behind the front wheel and draw the eye to subtly flared haunches, and on to flowing LED taillights at the rear.
Like all other BMW SUVs, the X4 will utilize BMW’s all-wheel drive system called “x drive,” it will be powered by an optional turbo four cylinder or a twin turbo inline 6 cylinder engine (both have become workhorse engines for BMW, available in a number of different models). Other power train options will likely be available, including a hybrid engine.
The BMW X4 will go on sale in 2014, with pricing information to be released closer to the sale of the Sport Activity Coupe.