BMW’s future X4 may find it has an evil twin in the uproarious X4M

We got a quick look at the BMW X4 Concept two months ago at the LA Auto Show, and we’re expecting to the see the production-ready version of the raked-roofed crossover any day now. In the meantime, however, our friends over at Car and Driver are speculating that there will likely be a high-performance version of the X4 to hit the market, too.

To recap, the BMW X4 will be the slightly sportier, slightly less practical sibling of the X3 SUV, much like the X6 is to the X5. Those two larger models also offer monstrously powerful X5M and X6M guises, both of which seemingly defy the laws of physics with their tall ride heights and immense traction and handling. While there isn’t yet an M-version of the X3 sport utility, you’re not going to find us complaining if a pair of smaller, over-powered SUVs find their way into the BMW lineup.

The BMW X3 currently competes for attention with crossovers like the Mercedes-Benz GLK and Audi Q5, but the only truly “hot” vehicle in the segment is the Infiniti QX70 with the 390-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. When the X4 comes to market, it’ll be unique to the market as a mid-size sloped-roof crossover.

We expect that it’ll get the same 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbo-six found in the current X3 models. If BMW chooses to develop an X4M model, we think its likely to receive the same 425-hp version of that 3.0-liter inline six, found in the all-new BMW M3 and M4 sports cars.

There’s no doubt that the X6 doesn’t really make any sense and the X6M was a completely ludicrous idea from the start, but we’re OK with that. And for now, we’re only left to guess (and hope) that these smaller, hotter crossovers make their way to the BMW drawing boards soon.

What do you think of the X4 and the prospects of an X4M? Tell us in the comments.

Product Review

The all-new 3 Series proves BMW can still build a compelling sport sedan

Seat time in the entry-level BMW 330i ($41,425) and M340i xDrive ($54,995) will test the German automaker’s commitment to driving dynamics, powertrain refinement, and cutting edge technology.
Product Review

Inside Maserati's Levante SUV beats the heart of a Ferrari

Maserati’s luxury SUV gets a shot in the arm by way of Ferrari-derived V8 power, but is it enough to go toe-to-toe with the established players in the high performance sport-utility segment? Let’s find out.
Cars

2020 Toyota Supra caught hiding in a trailer without a shred of camouflage

Toyota's plan to once again lure enthusiasts into showrooms involves bringing back the Supra, one of its most emblematic nameplates. Here's what we know so far about the upcoming coupe, which Toyota is developing jointly with BMW.
Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.
Cars

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.
Cars

Bosch’s CES-bound shuttle concept takes us on a trip to a not-too-distant future

Bosch envisions a future in which driverless shuttles occupy their own market segment. The German firm won't build the shuttles, but it wants to provide everything else, ranging from the drive system to the apps used to hail them.
Cars

Driving a prototype 2020 Passat at Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground

Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground is where new cars are tested to the breaking point, including the 2020 Passat midsize sedan. Ride along as the new Passat completes testing ahead of its 2019 launch.
Emerging Tech

A lidar-equipped truck knows exactly how much de-icer to apply on roads

Lidar is best known as the laser-based technology that helps self-driving cars sense their surroundings. But the city of Knoxville has another, more seasonal use for it: De-icing roads.
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.
Cars

Hertz speeds up car rentals with biometric scan technology

Biometric security technology that uses face, fingerprint, and voice recognition is gaining traction, with Hertz emerging as the latest company to incorporate it into its daily operations.
Mobile

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.
Cars

Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world

Aston Martin has released new details about its F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar. Co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie will be one of the most aerodynamic production cars ever made.
Cars

The redesigned 2020 Passat shows Volkswagen still believes in sedans

The sedan segment in America is shrinking, but Volkswagen still believes in it. The German firm has released a teaser sketch to preview the redesigned 2020 Passat it will introduce during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Cars

Infiniti previews its leap into one of the hottest industry segments

Infiniti has released a teaser image to preview a concept it will unveil at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The yet-unnamed design study is an electric crossover shaped by Infiniti's newest design language.