New BMW X4 M Performance version to be revealed next year, powered by turbocharged 3.0-litre engine with as much as 375bhp

BMW is working on an uprated performance version of the recently-launched X4, as these first spy pictures show.

Rather than a fully-fledged X4 M model, BMW is instead looking to introduce an M Performance-badged version of the car. The model is likely to launch at next year's Frankfurt motor show, just months after the larger X5 M and X6 M SUVs have gone on sale.

The two test mules caught in these pictures feature camouflage around their lower body elements, as well as more heavy disguises at the rear. Key styling changes over the standard X4 include a blacked-out kidney grille at the front and new twin exhausts at the rear. 

Reports suggest the X4 M40i - as the model has been dubbed - will feature a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine for power, producing between 355bhp and 375bhp. That same engine has already been rumoured for use in the upcoming M2, which is due to go on sale at the start of 2016, and is already in use in the X4 xDrive35i.

While official performance and pricing information has yet to be revealed, expect the X4 M Sport to command a significant premium over the £48,995 asked for the current range-topping xDrive35d in M Sport trim.

Rivals for the X4 M Performance are likely to include the Porsche Macan Turbo, Audi's RS Q3 and Mercedes' upcoming ML-Coupé.

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7 August 2014
Few cars were criticised over their looks more than BMW X6. It has already spawned X4. Now just wait for Audi, Porsche and Mercedes versions.

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