BMW X4 M Looks Safe From The Big Grille Treatment

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If you want a normal grille, get an SUV Coupe.

Following the mixed opinions we've seen regarding the new grille on the M3 and M4, every upcoming BMW facelift will face increased scrutiny over the design. Fortunately for BMW, not all of its new M models are slated to receive the massive kidney grille treatment. Just last month, we spotted BMW testing an X3 wearing heavy camouflage, signaling an incoming facelift. Now, our spy photographers captured the sportier BMW X4 M, testing before its upcoming Life Cycle Impulse (LCI).

In BMW terms, an LCI typically includes minor changes to the styling with some tech upgrades in the cabin.

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Most of the car's front end is covered by camouflage, but we can tell that the X4 M is spared from the massive grille treatment given to the 4 Series, M4, and M3. The grille size will likely grow a bit and the kidneys will move closer together, and BMW should make minor changes to the bumpers and air intakes. At the back, it looks like the rear diffuser will grow slightly, with quad exhaust tips sitting on either side. Like the M5 LCI, we expect to see updates to the headlights and taillights, giving the X4 M a different signature at night.

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We couldn't grab any photos of the interior, since the vehicle sat on the back of a car transporter for most of the time, but the infotainment screen should grow, and the area surrounding the gear lever will receive a redesign. As for the engine, the recently-revealed M3 and M3 produce the same power as the X3 M and X4 M, so the LCI will likely keep the same outputs as before.

While the M5 just received an LCI, the X4 M only arrived just over a year ago, so it seems early for it to receive a facelift. But since the X4 was available since we'll before then, this refresh should correlate with the rest of the X4 lineup. Expect to see a reveal sometime in 2021.

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