BMW Spills the Beans on X4


Following yesterday's leak, BMW has released its new compact Sports Activity Coupe ahead of its confirmed debut in Shanghai.

There’s no point, as the saying goes, in closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. So after initial images of the X4 concept leaked out yesterday, BMW has opened its gates wide and released the full skinny on its new crossover. Confirmed for debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in a couple of weeks, the X4 is a pre-production concept (in similar fashion as the 4 Series coupe debuted in concept form in Detroit), expanding the crossover (pardon us, “Sports Activity Vehicle”) range that by now accounts for a quarter of all BMWs sold.

If you can’t wrap your head around the X4 and what the point of it is, think of it in relation to the X3 the same way you would the X6 to the X5: a more stylish but less utile crossover. It also forms part of a progression of four-door vehicles occupying the same footprint where once there was one: 3 Series sedan leads to 3 Series Gran Turismo leads to 3 Series Touring wagon then to X3 and X4, gradually growing taller and slantier across the same model range. It rides on the same wheelbase as the 3 Series and X3, is barely any wider but slots in between the two in terms of height. Those big 21-inch wheels, of course, help the concept look better planted.

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BMW’s not telling us much more than that, using most of its press release to describe the styling we can clearly see ourselves. The X4 concept will be the only world premiere that BMW has planned for Shanghai, alongside some Asian and Chinese debuts, along with the new Maserati Ghibli, Audi A3 sedan and Porsche Panamera which will be showcased at the same expo.

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