The next-generation G02 BMW X4 has been sighted again, this time on the public roads of Munich under its own power, whereas previously it was seen on the back of a transporter. This is the upcoming replacement for the F26 X4, which has only been around for a short three-year span. The new one is expected to appear by the end of this year, after the G01 BMW X3.

As with the current crop of BMWs, the upcoming X4 will be based on the manufacturer’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform for a more spacious cabin and a more accommodating seating installation. The usual 2.0 litre four- and 3.0 litre six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines can be expected here, just as in the G01 X3.

The CLAR platform’s modular nature should also mean that if the G01 X3 adopts the 330e‘s 2.0 litre petrol-hybrid driveline, it is a possibility for the X4 as well. However, the application of a hybrid layout has not been confirmed, and remains to be seen.

Like the upcoming X3, the next X4 is expected to spawn both M Performance and full-on M variants. Progressing from the F26 M40i‘s 360 hp, the G02 M Performance model is expected to follow up with something approaching 400 hp, while later on with the advent of future X3 M and X4 M variants, the M3/M4‘s twin-turbo inline-six is expected to crank out around 500 hp in these SAV applications.