Following the leak of several images by a Russian automotive magazine yesterday, BMW has spilled the beans on its upcoming X4 Concept which will make its debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show later this month and serve as an early albeit thinly veiled preview of what the production version of the X4 will look like.
The exterior styling of the X4 concept mirrors many of the traits seen on the larger X6 SAV, but unlike that model, which looks unbalanced from some angles, the X4’s smaller dimensions allow it to achieve a better design statement, while new organic character lines also allow the X4 to look much more exciting to the eye than the decidedly utilitarian set of clothes worn by the X3. While much of the X4 Concept’s styling will trickle its way to the production version, expect the concept’s eye-catching 21-inch rims to be downsized when the X4 makes its way into production.
The company did not yet release performance figures for the X4 Concept, but look for the production X4 to utilize the same engine choices that are currently available on the X3 as well as that models eight speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. Look for more performance data including plans for any hybrid or diesel variants of the X4 to be revealed closer to the vehicle’s official debut. BMW also did not release official images of the interior, but like the 4 Series Concept that made its debut earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show, expect the X4’s cabin to retain much of the X3’s basic layout and features while adding a new twist or two to stand out from its X3 sibling.
Look for the BMW X4 Concept to make its official debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show later this month, with the production version of the X4 possibly making its debut this fall at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show before production commences at the company’s Spartanburg South Carolina assembly plant alongside the company’s X3, X5, and X6 models.