Bmw X4M will be an M3 on stilts

Article by Christian A., on August 1, 2012

BMW may release its own X4M model as early as 2015 to compete with Porsche’s Macan model, which is equipped with a 370-hp V6 powerplant. This means that the compact performance SUV segment will be an exciting one with the entry of these two models. Since the X6 model was very successful, the compact, performance SUV has received a lot of attention.

BMW aims to match Porsche in this new niche market by creating what would basically be a ‘baby X6M’ model, which features the same six-cylinder powerplant that will be used in the next-generation M3 model. This project is internally dubbed as ‘an M3 on stilts’. In addition, the performance compact SUV will integrate BMW M’s Electro-mechanical steering technology, a revised M-DCT transmission.

It will come with all of the automaker’s EfficientDynamics technologies such as engine stop-start, brake energy regeneration and on-demand operation of engine ancillaries. A BMW insider said that the X4M will be around 1.6-inch shorter than the X6M model.

Its looks will be taken from the existing X3 model. Being an M-model means that the X4M will have wider front and rear fenders and will have an appearance that’s bolder than its X4 counterpart. It will go with the X4M model as BMW explores the concept of developing M Performance brand versions of the X4.

New X4 may be founded on the BMW X3’s technical plans, but the moment anyone lays their eyes on it, the new SAV exposes a unique lively character and an even more cheerful charm. At 4,671 mm long, it is only 14 mm longer than the X3, but it is also 36 mm closer to the ground (at a height of 1,624 mm) and has an attractive figure with its seamlessly balanced dimension and distinct traits.

The big air intakes are located at the outer points of the front, and the crisp design lines of the front apron give the X4 a more sinewy and lithe look. This brings down the car's pictorial centre of gravity closer to the road, indicating its cleaner dynamism.

This effect is augmented even more by the fog lights below the hallmark twin head lights (both available with optional LEDs). This configuration expresses the remarkable three-eyed face found on each BMW X.

BMW X4’s roofline is reminiscent of a coupe, and it reaches its topmost point above the front seats, expressing BMW’s focus on traditional drivers, before falling gently to the tailgate’s trailing edge. These stretching lines emphasise the X4’s sporty coupe traits particularly well. The separate BMW X4 design is reinforced more so by the new interpretation of the classic swage line that runs along the BMW’s flanks, which, for the first time, splits in two.

The first lifts seamlessly up the front wheel arches to the rear door handles, accenting the amazing energy of the new X4, while the second highlights the rear wing’s strong sculpting. The shaped C-pillars, completed with broad shoulders, reflect a perfect continuation of the concept, as well as the wide and low rear end, reminding drivers and passengers of the greater performance offered by the new X4 even before they enter the vehicle.

Topics: bmw, bmw x4, crossover

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