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X4 revealed, BMW production appears imminent

Sales scheduled for 2014

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, April 4, 2013

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BMW released these images of the Concept X4 that will be introduced at Auto Shanghai 2013 later this month.

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BMW released these images of the Concept X4 that will be introduced at Auto Shanghai 2013 later this month.



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The X4 will join the family of the X5, X3 and X6 manufactured in Greer.

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The X4 will join the family of the X5, X3 and X6 manufactured in Greer.



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The X4 crossover vehicle is expected to be a

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The X4 crossover vehicle is expected to be a "little brother" to the in-production X6.



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The coupe style roofline sweeps downwards and makes the car appear longer.

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The coupe style roofline sweeps downwards and makes the car appear longer.



The BMW Concept X4 will debut at Auto Shanghai 2013.  The pre-production version of BMW’s next crossover model is seen in these images released by BMW Thursday.

The information provided by BMW appears that an official announcement is imminent for the production schedule of the X4 – which will be assembled at Greer’s BMW Manufacturing Co. facility with sales scheduled for 2014.

The X4 will join the family of the X5, X3 and X6 manufactured in Greer. The X4 is expected to use a mix of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines similar to the X3 – the 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo I-4 and the 300-hp, 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo I-6.

The world premier of the X5 in 1999 saw the BMW Group create the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment. In May 2008 the company introduced the X6 – the first Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). Since the first BMW SAV took to the stage, average sales across the X lineup have climbed to where one in four new BMW cars is now a BMW SAV.

The BMW Concept X4 has a body length of 183 inches, a width of 75.4 inches and a height of 63.9 inches. In addition to a long bonnet, short overhangs and set back passenger cell, its signature BMW features include a wheelbase measuring 110.6 inches. Its 21-inch light alloy wheels add sporty styling.

The coupe style roofline sweeps downwards and makes the car appear longer.

BMW Greer is undergoing a $900 million expansion including a 170,000 square-foot expansion to the body shop and 300,000 square-feet added to the paint shop.

The advent of the X4 was announced earlier this year. The crossover vehicle is expected to be a “little brother” to the in-production X6 and, according to Car and Driver, share its powertrain and underpinnings with the X3.

Since 1994, the plant has undergone four major expansions and produced 6 different BMW models and their variants (318i, Z3, Z4, X5, X6, X3). Employment has grown from 500 in 1994 to more than 7,000.

Production this year is expected to be 300,000 vehicles.

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