The BMW X4 M is about to blow two candles off its birthday cake early next year, but the Bavarian automaker is already working on its replacement, which is expected to launch in 2021.
The facelifted X4 M was first spied a few months ago, and now another prototype was spotted on the streets of Munich, Germany, with its front and rear ends covered up.
One does not need to be an expert to tell that the sporty crossover coupe has slimmer headlights, but beyond this, the camouflage does a good job at hiding the changes. Nonetheless, we should expect a revised kidney grille that, thankfully, won’t be as large as the one on the M3/M4, new front and rear bumpers, a new diffuser and probably revised taillights.
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The cockpit is understood to be tweaked and should feature a new infotainment system with a bigger display and the latest software. Other changes might include a new center console with updated switchgear and iDrive controller, which would bring it in line with the new M3 and M4 Coupe.
Power will still come from the twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six engine, which in the current X4 M delivers 473 HP and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque in the current regular model, allowing it to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds and a 174 mph (280 km/h) top speed.
The Competition has 503 HP and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm), but considering that the new M3 and M4, which use the same engine, have an identical power output but 479 lb-ft (650 Nm), it wouldn’t surprise us if the range-topping X4 also got a slight boost in torque.