BMW Concept X4 live photos: 2013 Shanghai Auto Show

BMW introduced the X6 in 2008 and called it the Sports Activity Coupe because the car apparently had more in common with the BMW coupe than a SUV. The German automaker hopes that the new Concept X4 replicates the success in the new vehicle class.

BMW was short on specs, which will be announced closer to production date, which is expected next year. The X4 will join the X6 as the second Sporty Activity Coupe in BMW’s fleet and will be assembled at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the same factory where the X5, X6 and X3 are assembled.

The Concept X4 has a sleek, refined exterior with a long bonnet and short overhangs that remind that it’s a signature BMW. The car features 21-inch light alloy wheels and a classic BMW kidney grille and stylized twin circular headlights. The grille has additional air partitions for increased supply of air to the engine. In keeping with BMW Coupe tradition, the side air intakes are larger than the inner units and make a visual feature of the increased cooling air requirement.

“The qualities of a BMW X model merge with the values of a BMW Coupe in the muscular silhouette of the BMW Concept X4,” BMW announced in a statement.

Fitting the BMW X template, the wheel arches of the BMW Concept X4 are large and almost square in design. This prominent emphasis on the wheels draws further attention to the car’s planted stance and long wheelbase, while at the same time providing a visual showcase for the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

The most striking element at the back of the car is the rear apron with a wide, full-length interpretation of the front apron’s large outer air intakes. Body-color elements reaching well down towards the road surface provide a high-quality border for the rear end.

Prices and markets were not announced.


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