The success of the X6 has led to BMW considering poduction of a smaller X4 crossover

The success of the BMW X6 has raised the possibility of an X4 at BMW, Autocar has learned.

The giant sports-coupe/off-roader has been an unexpected success for the firm since it was launched in 2008. BMW has sold 80,000 units worldwide since its launch, which is double its initial predictions.

A BMW source revealed to Autocar that a smaller car in the same mould as the X6, likely to take the X4 name, was under consideration, but it had yet to be given the green light for production.

"We haven't made any firm decision," said our source, "however, the X6's success shows there is a continued demand for sporty off-roaders."

The X4 could be spun off the new X3's platform; that car is set to be launched later this year. It's styling could draw influence from 2001's X Coupe concept, as well as the X6.

BMW has created several niche products over the past few years, including the recently-launched X1 and 5-series GT models. The BMW Concept Gran Coupe from the Beijing motor show is tipped to be launched in 2012 as the 8-series.

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30 April 2010

I'm doubly shocked. 1 - that the X6 has sold so well. I really can't believe there are that many people out there utterly lacking in class, eyesight and sense yet have silly amounts of money (all in my opinion of course, they probably think me snotty, idiotic and old). 2. That an "X4" is a good idea. Surely the overlaps between Tourers, X1, X3, X5 in price, styling and ability make the X4 another niche product that nobody asked for and will just cannibalise other BMW sales.

30 April 2010

Yeah, yeah, does anyone care? How will it differ from the forthcoming 3GT? Platform-sharing has become brand-whoring... dear me. Just because it might sell and make money doesn't mean you should make it.

30 April 2010

They will build it and it will sell. BMW is first and foremost in the business of making money and if enough people want it they will build it.

30 April 2010

Somebody, please say it...

"What would be the point of this X4?"

Please!

In time, you have to give credit where it's duo. The X6 sold well, because BMW knew their market. Even with all the efforts from publications - like this one, to trash innovative designs like the X6, ppl saw past that, and recognized the beauty that is the X6.

Same goes for the GT.

Lets just sit back and enjoy seeing new and beautifull cars on our roads, without being obnoxtious and old fashioned.

30 April 2010

Please BMW no. abort it, seriously!

30 April 2010

What a good idea. A car for those who cannot decide between a 4x4 and a coupe.

Do people like this actually exist? And if so, shouldn't the authorities notify us of their presence in the community.

Steve - hope this is annoying enough for you ;)

30 April 2010

People will buy it because their current BMW is sooooooooo last year and want the latest model from their beloved brand.

30 April 2010

yet another crap car from BMW.... you really would think they would learn from all the BM bashing that they make horrible looking cars...

30 April 2010

[quote jonboy4969]

yet another crap car from BMW.... you really would think they would learn from all the BM bashing that they make horrible looking cars...

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yep, the gentlemen and ladies on the top floor of the '4 Cylinder' in Munich wait breathlessly for the verdict of the Cognescenti at Autocar's forums, before they decide their corporate product plan. For those not on mind-altering drugs...

30 April 2010

[quote nicksheele]yep, the gentlemen and ladies on the top floor of the '4 Cylinder' in Munich wait breathlessly for the verdict of the Cognescenti at Autocar's forums, before they decide their corporate product plan. For those not on mind-altering drugs...[/quote]

Haha, you're right... though, being BMW, they ought to have made the building an inline-six... nevertheless, whoever came up with this idea, along with those of the X6 and the 5GT, needs to be shot. As I said previously, just because you CAN make it, and sell it at a profit, doesn't mean you should.

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