Posted by xbimmers.com on the back of a car carrier near the German automaker's Greer, South Carolina Plant, the internally designated F98 features a more sloped roofline compared to the current F26, with a distinctively more fastback appearance unlike that of the X6.
More controversial though are the slim taillights seemingly inspired by those of the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and Porsche Macan, which are unique to the X4 and not on any other current BMW. The front-end meanwhile takes after the 5-and 7-series with a wider kidney grille and deeper front air intake.
Underpinned by the same CLAR platform as the X3, which reportedly will cut weight significantly compared to the F26, the F98 will likely use the same range of engines, with the models spotted bearing the M40i and M40d badges.
In the case of the former, the badge, like that of the X3, denotes a 3.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged straight-six petrol engine developing 265 kW and 500 Nm of torque, while the latter, although unconfirmed, is reported to be the 3.0-litre quad-turbodiesel from the 550d that punches out a whopping 294 kW and 760 Nm of torque.
Front-wheel drive will be standard and xDrive all-wheel drive optional, with the only gearbox likely to be offered being the familiar eight-speed Steptronic.
Lesser models will likely feature the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the X3 with either 135 kW / 290 Nm in the 20i and 185 kW / 350 Nm in the 30i, with diesel power coming from a 140 kW / 400 Nm 2.0-litre mill in the 20d, and a 3.0-litre straight-six in the 30d making 195 kW and 625 Nm. An M model with some 294 kW will debut at a later stage.
Production is expected to commence in April next year with exports starting not long after.
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