BMW releases new images of X4 Concept

Article by Anita Panait, on April 19, 2013

German carmaker BMW has released new pictures of the X4 Concept that will be unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show. The concept is designed to provide a glimpse of the upcoming production model that will be produced in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The X4 concept, eyed to follow the footsteps of the X6, features a dynamic design that combines the "rugged looks of a BMW X model with the emotional aura and sporting character of a BMW Coupe."

Finished in Long Beach Blue, the X4 concept features an aggressive front fascia that comes with prominent kidney grille, large air intakes and LED headlights.

The concept also features a sculpted hood and curved character lines, as well as plastic body cladding. The X4 sports a dual exhaust system and a distinctive rear bumper with integrated underbody protection.

While BMW has yet to disclose the X4’s performance specifications, the production model is expected to be powered by a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 240 bhp (179 kW) of output and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque, as well as a TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline-six powerplant that returns 300 bhp (224 kW) of output and 300 lb-ft (406 Nm) of torque.

New BMW X4 Concept comes with a front end that conveys the signature dynamics of the brand as well as the ruggedness and road presence of a BMW X model. At first glance, the front end instantly announces that the new X4 Concept is indeed a BMW, thanks to hallmark design cues like the kidney grille and the twin circular headlights that flank it. Moreover, these front-end elements are given the 3D treatment. In particular, the large kidney grille extends to the front as limited by a high-gloss frame that is open to the sides and at the lower extreme section. Thanks to this design, it seems that the large kidney grille is floating in the center of the front end.

In addition, the kidney grille comes with features hollowed out, high-gloss black bars with ultra-stylish detailing. These sculptured bars feature a milled lower third with a matt finishing, which gives the grille an extra visual depth. Likewise, the grille has additional air intakes that help ensure that the engine receives more cooling air.

Flanking the kidney grille are contoured full-LED headlights, inside of which lies a hexagonal version of BMW’s signature twin circular lamps. The inner elements seem to flow horizontal, thereby creating a visual link to the kidney grille and resulting to a front end with a dynamic impression. Amazingly, this impression is already extended to the front apron.

In line with BMW Coupe tradition, the side air intakes of the X4 Concept are larger than their inner counterparts, thereby indicating the increased cooling air needs of the vehicle. Along with the X4 Concept’s low center of gravity and wide track, the side intakes also tell a lot about its outstanding performance capability. Interestingly, the styling of the side air intakes is adopted from the kidney grille, including their black horizontal bars. These contrasting details, as well as the use of high quality materials, allow the X4 Concept to take on the usual appeal of BMW X vehicles.

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