With Porsche set to debut the new Macan crossover in early 2014, BMW has been looking to bring out a competing vehicle as quickly as possible. Although the X3 is a roughly similar size to the forthcoming Porsche vehicle, BMW is looking to make something with a bit more style to face off against the Porsche, which is probably a good move. This new vehicle will be the X4, and Autoweek reports that it will break cover at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The X4 will share a platform with the X3, but will have different most likely more daring styling. This is basically how the X6 works in relation to X5, the X4 and X3 are just smaller vehicles. BMW hasn’t officially released any details about the engines which will be available with the X4, but it is assumed at this point that they will be the same as those offered in the X3. Prices are expected to start at around $41,000, which is a bit more than the X3. This should place it in about the same range as the Porsche, and it should also be about the same price as the Range Rover Evoque. This is interesting because some rumors have suggested that BMW is reluctant to bring out yet another five-door SUV, and should they instead go with a three-door design, it would be a good rival to the Evoque.
A high-performance M version is known to be in the works as well, and is due out at the end of 2014. This will share an engine with the M3 and there is even supposed to be a diesel M as well, although there is no word yet on whether it will make it over to the US. The diesel M version is said to use a detuned version of the tri-turbo 3.0-liter diesel engine which recently debuted in several BMW vehicles, including the X6 M. European carmakers have tended to be reluctant to bring diesels over to the US, and even though BMW has recently committed to offering more diesel options, they still won’t be offering quite the same selection that have in Europe.
The X4 will be built here in the US, at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina facility, and it will come off the line right next to the X3.