One in four new BMW cars is now a BMW SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle), a vehicle commonly refer to as a crossover, and the statistic, which comes straight from the automaker itself, tells you all you need to know about why the X4 Concept exists.
Like the X6, the BMW X4 Concept tries to shove a crossover in a mold shaped vaguely like a fastback coupe. Put another way, the X4 is likely to be a polarizing design, though perhaps not to the extent that the X6 divided opinions. As for the critics, definitely prefer the styling of this X4 Concept, with its strong character lines and impressive wheel-to-bodyside ratio, over that of its bigger brother.
Dimensionally, it seems the most obvious machine with which to compare this X4 Concept is the 3 Series Wagon – we're not sure if it will be as spacious inside as the 3 Series Gran Turismo. A two-inch stretch in the wheelbase ought to bring a commensurate improvement in legroom, and a body that's nearly five inches longer should be a boon for cargo capacity. Of course, that fastback roofline will surely cut down on the car's roominess inside, but we'll have to wait for the final production model to judge its true capabilities.
BMW will build the production version of the X4 at its Spartanburg, SC plant here in the States, and it is expected to go on sale in 2014.
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