• Jul 29th 2010 at 4:00PM
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The good people at AutoExpress are doing their best to fan the flames of the BMW X4 rumors. The site claims to have snagged a bevy of information on the Bavarian brand's product plans, including a more detailed account of what we can expect out of the much-rumored X4. Supposedly the new high-rider will borrow a heaping helping of design cues from the X6, so if you aren't a fan of that brute, odds are you won't like the new model, either. Unlike the big boy, the site claims that the X4 will make use of a double-gated hatch in the rear similar to what's found in the 5 Series Gran Turismo – a smart choice to help load and unload parcels.

AutoExpress also lays out drivetrain possibilities, including the likelihood of one very thrifty 2.0-liter turbo diesel mill that promises around 50 mpg. The site says that in that configuration, 0-60 is likely to click off in a somewhat loping 8.6 seconds, though there will be more potent variations available, including one powered by a turbo 3.0-liter inline-six with north of 300 horsepower.

It all sounds good, but BMW itself hasn't said word one about seriously mulling a new 'ute.

Photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2009 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      "will borrow a heaping helping of design cues from the X6"

      "the X4 will make use of a double-gated hatch in the rear similar to what's found in the 5 Series Gran Turismo"

      "0-60 is likely to click off in a somewhat loping 8.6 seconds"

      "It all sounds good"

      Sorry, I'm lost. What about this sounds good?
      • 5 Years Ago
      as if there isn't little enough distinction between the X3 and X5 now, lets put another model between them??? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over....
      • 5 Years Ago
      The X3, X5, and X6 aren't execrable enough?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't the X6 already an embarrassingly impractical vehicle? Egress and rear passenger comfort is a joke. Why would you make a smaller one? BMW won't bring back the 8-series but they want an X4? Sad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      mmm yes just what BMW needs; another pointless "SUV" that'll be neither good on or off road. Thumbs up for german enginuity!
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW, stop X-ing up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it's an X3 with the bodystyle of the X6?

        • 5 Years Ago
        X3 with fastback = X4

        Simple, tho I'm not sure it'll have the presence of the X6 to pull it off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looking at the new X3...they need a more sporty looking X4 in the lineup. I would've like the X3 better if look much more like the X5 --- just smaller.

        Hopefully, BMW doesn't release some funky-looking wagon-like CUV that reminds us of the Infiniti EX35/37. That would be a disaster.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So what happens when the suvs close in on the shape of the cars and the cars close in on the size of the suvs?

        Example: TheX6 and the 5 Series Gran Turismo.

        Why not just give the 5GT the ride height of the X6?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean like the current Ford Taurus / Explorer & Toyota Camry / Venza & Honda Accord / Crosstour?

        Yeah, we're already there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's only a question how fast they figure out how to set the xerox machine to about 75%.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This X series better stop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now Acura has an excuse to make a smaller
      version of the ZDX.

      Do these things even sell? I've only seen one
      X6 since they came out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front end looks like it's not finished, ugly as hell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make it stop
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