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BMW X4 xDrive30d M Sport v Porsche Macan S Diesel

If you can stomach the planet’s insatiable desire for SUVs then you’ll be primed for this review from Autocar. It’s the BMW X4 up against the Porsche Macan. Two SUVs likely to polarise opinions on numerous levels, but two SUVs that are likely to be among the best in their class.

Specifically, Autocar has compared a BMW X4 xDrive30d M Sport against a Porsche Macan S Diesel. And at 1895kg and 1880kg respectively these little “small” SUVs have a lot of weight to throw around from their elevated positions.

So, they’ll be crap handlers right?

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What to expect from BMW in 2014

BMW M3 and M4 on display in Detroit

As well as the launch of the highly anticipated M3 and M4 in Detroit this week, BMW has much more in store during 2014. Make sure you follow the source link from BimmerFile for more detail:

2014 North American International Auto Show (January)

  • M3 (F80) and M4 (F82)
  • M235i (F22)
  • 228i (F22)

2014 Geneva Motor Show (March)

  • 4 Series Gran Coupe (F36)
  • FWD Active Tourer (F45)
  • MINI Four-door concept (F55)

2014 New York Auto Show (April)

  • X4 (F26)
  • X3 LCI

2014 Moscow Motor Show (August)

  • X6 (F16)

2014 Paris Motor Show (September)

  • X5 M (F85) and X6 M (F86)
  • 2 Series Convertible (F23)
  • MINI Four-door (F55)

[Source: BimmerFile | Pic: Bimmerpost]


BMW X4 spied during photo shoot


We’ve seen the new BMW X4 in concept form and here’s your first look at the final production model, spied during a photo shoot. The pics were first published by Car and Driver who made the apparent mistake of identifying the car as a new X6.

The X4 is still some time away from its official launch as production model, due for its show debut at Geneva in March 2014.

[Source: Bimmerpost]


Official: BMW Concept X4 revealed

BMW Concept X4

BMW has reacted quickly to this morning’s leak and published official images of its Concept X4 which will debut in Shanghai later this month. So now you can admire the Sports Activity Coupé you secretly love in 2000px goodness.

There’s no real technical detail in the press release, which is no doubt being saved for its show debut. Talking about the Concept X4’s exterior though BMW says it has a “muscular silhouette” and we tend to agree. We like it.


BMW X4 concept leaked: looks quite good!

BMW X4 concept

You’re looking at the BMW X4 concept, which has been leaked ahead of Auto Shanghai (21–29 April). And, don’t tell anyone, but we think it looks quite nice.

Early last year BMW officially announced it would build the X4 at its Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. Last April a rendering emerged that made us question our preconceived idea that the X4 would be cabbage. Now this!

Five images showing the exterior of the X4 which is very well proportioned, certainly miles ahead of the cumbersome X6, and that front grille works much better than the standard 3 Series saloon. The double crease line along the side of the car works well, it fits in with BMW’s visual language, but speaks on it own as well.

Clearly, the X4 looks a lot better than the 3 Series GT. Of that, there is no doubt.

We are a little ashamed to admit it, but this X4 concept looks great! It’s practical, looks good and will drive very well. Really, what’s not to like?

[Source: Auto WP]

UPDATE: Official images have now been released.


BMW announces plans to build X4

BMW X4 rendering (unofficial)

BMW brings word it plans to spend US$900m on its Spartanburg production facility in South Carolina. Frank-Peter Arndt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production, says the bewildering demand for the BMW X-line of models is the cause.

“This is in response to rising global demand for our BMW X models and the expansion of the BMW X family to include the BMW X4,” Arndt explains.

Confirmation of the X4 was announced at a special event to celebrate the two millionth car to roll of the Spartanburg production line.

Okay, the more conventional X5 and X3 models we can understand. And, it’s true, BMW make some awesome cars. So why on earth do people want to buy so many X6s that BMW sees fit to make an X4 too?

But then, if faced with the prospect of an owning X6, we’d much rather a 5 Series GT; a model almost everyone seems to hate. All that really tells us is BMW is creating market segments to prove people will buy anything if it has a BMW badge. Good luck to BMW, then!

[Unofficial rendering: Inside Line]