Competes with: Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Porsche Macan, Audi SQ5
Looks like: A smaller BMW X6
Powertrains: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014
MSRP: X4 xDrive28i, $45,625, including a destination fee; X4 xDrive35i, $48,925
In its never-ending quest to create as many different models on common platforms as it possibly can, BMW has now announced its latest creation: the X4 Sports Activity Coupe. Just as the X6 is a low-roofline, butched-up, sporty version of the X5 SUV, so is the X4 a similar relation to the X3 SUV. With the highest point in the roof situated over the front seats, the X4 is not meant to be a cargo hauler or an off-roader but more of a style statement like the X6.