Our spy photographers caught a camouflaged prototype of the next-gen BMW X4, effectively debunking rumors about axing the model in favor of an EV-only iX4. This will be the third iteration of the X4 coupe SUV, sharing its underpinnings, interior and large portion of the bodywork with the upcoming fourth-generation X3 SUV.
The prototype appears to be wearing the production headlight units, with their shape and LED graphics looking very similar to the smaller BMW X1. We also get to see the large kidney grille, and the lower bumper intake following the same split-design pattern, just like in the prototypes of the BMW X3. However, the X4 reveals a different X-shaped pattern for the grille, which could be model-specific.
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While the X3 and X4 traditionally share most of their body panels, BMW designers wanted to further differentiate the two models more for the next generation. The X4 appears to have more rounded wheelarches than the prototypes of the X3, resulting in a more aggresive stance. Predictably, the X4 also gets a completely redesigned tail, going for the full coupe-SUV treatment.
The roofline is more inclined with a fastback-style rear windshield and an integrated ducktail-style spoiler. In fact, the whole roof structure appears to be X4-specific, as even the front side windows look narrower than in the X3. This design will likely shave some inches from the headroom and some cubic feet from the boot space of the X4, but not enough to cause practicality issues. After all, coupe-SUV buyers prioritize style with more than enough room to spare in the medium and large segments.
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The ICE-powered nature of the prototype is evident from the large openings at the front, and the visible portion of the exhaust system under the rear overhang. This makes us believe that the new X4 will be available in mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric (iX4) variants, continuing BMW’s strategy of offering choices to its customer base. After all, with so many shared components with the X3, the R&D costs for a new X4 are not that high.
The next-gen BMW X4 will likely debut alongside its X3 sibling in 2024, three years after the launch of the current facelifted models. Judging from other members of the BMW range, we expect to see more camouflaged prototypes throughout the next year, revealing more details about the final production model. The main rivals of the BMW X4 will be the upcoming new-gen Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, and the Audi Q5 Sportback.
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