Billed as BMW's second Sports Activity Coupe, the X4 is nearly identical to the X4 Concept that bowed at the Shanghai Motor Show last April. Just as the X6 is a more stylish (and less practical) version of the midsize X5, the X4 is the compact X3's slinkier sibling.
The crossover wears a dynamic front fascia features large air intakes, small round fog lamps and twin headlights that can be equipped with LED technology. The roof line peaks right above the driver and gently slopes down towards the rear to create a sports car-like silhouette, while the rear end is heavily influenced by the aforementioned X6.
Like the X3, the X4 is equipped with an elegant cabin that's understated in design and upscale in material quality, with plush leather and attractive wood trim creating a luxurious ambiance. The instrument cluster is made up of simple, easy-to-read analog gauges and the latest evolution of BMW's iDrive infotainment system can be ordered as an option.
The base-model X4 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque, and buyers after more power can order a 3.0-liter straight-six that churns out 306 ponies and 295 lb-ft. of twist. Both engines send power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. A range-topping X4 M equipped with a turbo six could join the lineup later in the production run.
The X4 will be built alongside the X5, X6 and X3 in BMW's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and go on sale next July. Pricing starts at $45,625 including destination.