BMW is getting ready to take on the Range Rover Evoque with the latest addition to its SUV range, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.
This is the X4, and our exclusive images – produced using inside information – show how it will look when it rolls off the same US production line as the X3, X5 and X6 in 2014.
The car clearly takes styling cues from the latter, while our images also show unique lights and bumpers front and rear, as well as a distinctive grille and alloy wheel designs. Plus, a swooping, X6-like roofline blends into a bolder, more athletic rear end.
The X4 will share its platform with the X3, and is essentially a sportier version of that car – just as the X6 is a racier take on the X5.
The newcomer will inherit the X3’s engine range, which currently comprises three diesels mated to six-speed manual or eight-speed auto gearboxes. Trim levels will be consistent with the X3, too, and the car will come with Auto Hold, stop-start and sat-nav with traffic management.
As well as rivalling the Evoque, the X4 will take on the forthcoming Q6 and Cajun models being co-developed by Audi and Porsche.
The diesel-only engine range is sure to benefit from tuning under BMW’s M Performance brand (below), with the top-spec X4 the most likely candidate. This model’s engine will deliver 308bhp and 630Nm of torque as in the X3 xDrive 35d.
Prices for the standard X4 are likely to start from £32,000.
This page was updated with the full story on 8 February 2012.