BMW X4 Concept Previews Future of X Lineup

Jason Siu
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bmw x4 concept previews future of x lineup

With the official reveal its new X4 Concept, BMW is previewing of a more affordable version of the X6.

More importantly however, the German automaker has confirmed that the X4 Concept isn’t just a preview of a new model; it’s a glimpse at the future of the entire X lineup in terms of styling and design. That means what we see with the X4 Concept will inevitably trickle its way down to the X3, X5, and even the X6 which are all built at the BMW Plant Spartanburg in the USA.

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BMW first introduced the X6 in May 2008, calling it the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) and though its design has been controversial, it’s been overall well-received and actually does quite well on the market. The X4 is essentially a baby version of the X6, and when it goes into production will become the brand’s second SAC.

With the revealing of the X4 Concept, BMW has stated that it also offers a preview of the future of the BMW X family featuring “eye-catching proportions, tight contours and numerous high-quality details.” Does that mean future X models will take on the role of being SACs? Not necessarily. But what we will see down the line is a continuation in using a longer wheelbase as the foundation of the X models while styling will feature a relatively long hood and short overhangs. Wheel arches in future X models will stay large and almost square in design.

Undoubtedly the success of the X4 will determine whether the German automaker continues to blend “the genes of a BMW Coupe” with future X models.


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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Angela Angela on Apr 05, 2013

    I like the directions BMW's new line is headed, and the fact that they are making a more affordable X6 will definitely get more people interested in it.