It has emerged that the popular German premium car maker BMW plans to launch the much talked about X4 SAV in 2014. The announcement comes straight from BMW’s Chief Executive, Norbert Reithofer.
As can be made out from the name, the X4 will sit between the X3 and the X5 and is a part of BMW’s strategy to plug in all the holes in its product portfolio. The new ‘X’ range of vehicles from BMW are squarely aimed at the future ‘Q’ models from arch rival Audi.
The 2015 BMW X4 will share the platform with the X3 and will sport a coupe-crossover styling similar to that of the X6. In essence, the X4 will play baby brother to the larger (and pricier) X6.
BMW says that the X6 caters to a completely different segment of car buyers and very much like the larger car the X4 too will not be targeted at traditional SUV buyers. Basically, the X4 will be to the X3 what the X6 is to the X5. It may be noted that BMW can safely be credited with inventing the SAV segment with the X6 ‘Coupe Crossover’. The X6 was later joined by Land Rover Evoque.
The BMW X4 has been codenamed as F26 and will share the monocoque steel platform with the second generation X3. It is expected that the car will also share its engines and underpinnings with the X3.
The X4 will be seen battling it out against the upcoming Porsche Macan and the Audi Q4 that might be launched sometime after the X4 is introduced.