BMW is testing its X4 prototype on the snowy weather. However, the new prototype features more camouflage than the earlier one, which is a quite interesting situation, because this could be the topping M model in the works. Moreover, the latest reports claim this and what’s more important, the testing vehicle has some important changes in comparison to the earlier versions, which is a reason more to believe that we are actually looking into the 2019 BMW X4 M.
The biggest giveaway of the camouflaged X4 is the lower bodywork and bigger wheels. The alloys are at least 21-inch big and equipped with some special braking system, while the coupe-like SUV seems to be around an inch closer to the ground. Up front, the potential BMW X4 M appears to share the grille and headlights with the regular next-gen X4, while the bumper sports a bit more muscles. The camouflaged rear hatch looks pretty attractive thanks to a pair of slim taillights and a massive rear bumper, which accommodates four exhaust pipes.
Platform and Powertrain
The 2019 BMW X4 M will use the carmaker’s new and amazing CLAR architecture. The platform combines lightweight materials and provides a pretty huge compatibility with alternative powertrains. Still, the M model doesn’t really matter about a possibility to add some electric aid, because it’s going to be powered with a true gasoline mill. More precisely, the topper will use the all-new S58 engine. This is basically the new-generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, which will produce at least 450 horsepower. Though some reports claim that the powertrain could easily be adjusted to pump out up to 500 ponies, but the X4 M will reportedly be reduced to 475 hp. No matter which information turns out to be true, the coupe crossover will definitely be a really powerful machine.
Still, for those that found this amount of power (and money) too big, they can always go for a softer version, so-called 2019 BMW X4 M Performance. The actual name of the model will be the M40i and will likely use the same powertrain as the X3 sibling, which is fitted to a 3.0-liter turbo that produces 355 horsepower.
No matter which option you choose it’s going to be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. Of course, the SUV will host an M-tuned suspension with and a range of goodies, which will make the drive a lot more fun and easier.
Inside, the 2019 BMW X4 M will host a big 10.25-inch touchscreen display. This is also going to be the main interface, which will be possible to control via voice activation and iDrive controller. Of course, the cabin will be paired with some fine materials and probably chrome accents, while the driver can expect a cozy sports seat.
Arrival and Price
BMW will probably introduce the regular new-gen X4 this year in Geneva, while the M model should make its debut later this year, most likely at the 2018 Frankfurt Motor Show. There is nothing on price at the moment.