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BMW X4 spotted in less disguised form testing at the Nurburgring, 2014 launch expected

The BMW X4 has again been spotted testing in Germany, this time in less-disguised form.

These spy pictures, taken at the Nurburgring, reveal that the car has retained many of the design features seen on the X4 concept shown at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year.

The X4 will be built at BMW's Spartanburg factory in the USA alongside the X5 and X6 as well as the X3, with which it shares its wheelbase. The X4 gets greater track widths to give it a more ground-hugging stance than the X3, however, and designers have added a coupé-like roofline and more distinctively styled sides, as well as an X5-esque nose. 

Sources have told Autocar that the engine line-up of the X4 will closely follow that of the second-generation X3.

The UK market will likely get 242bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 302bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engines alongside two diesel options, a 184bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder and a 306bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder. A plug-in hybrid version is also reportedly under development.

The car is expected to launch next year.


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Cobnapint 26 September 2013

Hard to tell the difference

BMW are going down the Audi route. It is now nearly impossible to tell which model is coming down the road until they get alongside you. Unfortunately for BMW, the X1, X3, X4 and new X5 all have the profile of an old leather boot when they do.

Ski Kid 26 September 2013

Wins top prize in the Ugly award

What can you say it makes the Skoda Yeti look a very attractive alternative , but for me I think the Evoque is on another planet for design and desirability.

pauld101 12 August 2013

rather nice...

I think it looks rather nice, especially in that pale blue metallic colour.  Looks a little bit like a phase 2 clio, maybe?  By the way, what's that hideous ugly monstrosity with the swirly bits on it in the foreground of the other photos?