Kamis, 04 Juli 2013

Spied: 2014 BMW X4

The BMW X4 has been spotted on public roads, in full-production trim, for the first time since the Concept X4 was revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. And despite the mass of swirly camouflage, it's clear BMW hasn't strayed too far from the look of the concept.

Just visible through the stickers are the two distinctive, downturned creases from the concept car - one over the rear wheelarch, and the other bisecting the new production-ready door handles. The same grille arrangement, with the headlights connected directly to it, is carried over, but intakes on the lower front bumper appeared to have been shrunk compared to the concept.

Larger, less sculptural wing mirrors have been fitted too, while the sweeping rear light clusters can just be seen bulging under the stickers. A simpler rear bumper with a twin tailpipe layout replaces the two wide-spaced, larger diameter pipes from the concept.

What's clear though is that the proportions of the production car are identical to the show car. With a dramatic sloping roofline, short front overhang and gently upturned boot lip it looks every inch a miniature X6. And just like the X6 is based on X5 underpinnings, the X4 will be virtually identical to the X3 under the skin, except for slightly firmer suspension settings for sportier handling.

Despite being the exact same length, and with an identical wheelbase to the X3, the X4 is 53mm lower and 34mm wider. That gives it a more aggressive stance, but will also impact on practicality. Expect boot space to drop from 550-litres in the X3 to around 500-litres in the X4. Rear headroom will be slightly compromised, too.

There are no official details on engines yet, but it's likely to share engines with the X3. That means a 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel in the X4 20d, a 254bhp 3.0-litre straight-six in the X4 30d and a flagship using the same engine but producing 309bhp. Both four and rear-wheel drive versions are expected to be offered too.

The showroom-ready X4 will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and prices are expected to start from around £30,000 when it goes on sale early next year. For more details click here.

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