We all have heard the reports all about that BMW has been planning an X4 for some time. AutoWeek is reporting that the X4 is coming in 2014 which we already knew but the part that caught our eye is the talk about an M version. Based on the X3 but taking styling cues from the X6, this will be the best performance SUV BMW makes. The X3 is right around 4000 pounds, the X4 M likely sharing that weight. Mated to a DCT and with a version of the motor the M3 will likely get, it will be the best handling SUV in the BMW lineup as well as the hottest AWD performance BMW one can get.
We aren't against this car. The debate for the M badge going on everything is over. It makes a lot of sense, a lot more sense than the 5300 pound X5 M or X6 M. If they are going to do M cars, might as well do them right and put the badge on cars that handle well and are lightweight offering a great driving experience. Oh, and the news on the Porsche Cajun seems to be spurring BMW to proceed as the small size SUV market is becoming trendy with Porsche wanting to get in as well as the Land Rover Evoque. Any downsides? A DCT will not allow the tow capacity an automatic would but, hey, is anyone using the "utlity" in these things any more?