The BMW X4 (F26) is being rumored
to be debuting at the 2013 Detroit NAIAS in January. That the X4 is coming is no surprise as BMW previously officially announced its intention to build the X4. What wasn't known however, was the timing of its debut.
The X4 is said to be coming in concept form at the NAIAS, to be followed in 2014 by the production model. The X4 will be built on the same platform as the X3 and is reportedly also the same length as the X3, at 183 inches. They will also share powerplants - a range of 4 and 6 cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
What will be different however, will be the X4's sportier coupe-like styling. Think of the difference between the X6 and the X5, just on a smaller scale.
What about a possible range topping X4 M model? Hard to say at the moment. Although BMW M President Dr. Friedrich Nitschke confirmed to us
that there would be no M version of the current X3 model, he kept open the possibility of there being one for the next generation X3. Will this be a case of the X4 getting an M model prior to the X3 getting one? We shall see.
The X4 will be built in BMW's U.S. plant at Spartanburg, South Carolina, which is currently undergoing expansion as part of a plan by BMW
to invest nearly 900 million USD in the plant by 2014.
* Note: The image above is only a render of the BMW X4