The BMW X4 Concept was one the most significant debutants at Auto Shanghai 2013, amongst a raft of crossovers seeking to ride the wave. There may be the word “Concept” in the name, but the BMW X4 Concept is nothing more than a thinly-veiled production version of a Sports Activity Coupe that seeks to replicate the X6‘s success in a smaller segment.

The prodcution BMW X4’s roll out is scheduled for as early as 2014. It will be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the USA, the same facility that also rolls out the BMW X5, X6 and X3.

Size, wise, the X4 Concept is 4,648 mm long and 1,915 mm wide, which is the same length as the X3 but slightly wider. The 2,810 mm wheelbase is also similar to the more upright X3’s. The showcar sits on large 21-inch bi-colour light-alloy wheels.

Up front, the brand’s signature kidney grille is flanked by full-LED headlights. Inside the light units, you’ll find a flowing, hexagonal interpretation of the familiar BMW twin circular “eyes.” The horizontal continuation of the inner light elements creates a visual connection with the grille, accentuating the width of the front end.

From the sides, a coupe-style roofline sweeps downwards and makes the car appear longer. The windows extend well to the rear, where they are bordered by a dynamic interpretation of Munich’s signature Hofmeister kink. There’s also a new interpretation of the familiar BMW swage line, a pair of dynamic lines that are very prominent on the flanks.

If you haven’t already done so, check out BMW’s official Auto Shanghai 2013 video featuring our Harvinder Singh. In the exclusive video, Harve interviews the X4 Concept’s product manager and the man who drew the car, asking some of the questions that you forwarded in our pre-show question call.