We have here the production 2018 BMW X4, codenamed G02, out in the open without an inch of disguise. Trailers carrying the second-generation BMW X4 have been spotted by the carparazzi in the US, where BMW makes its SUVs.

We start with the most controversial aspect of the new design. The rear end of the G02 X4 features slim tail lamps that wraps around into the tailgate. It’s a big departure from the items on the current X4, which are in traditional BMW style. To accompany the smaller lights, the recess for the number plate has moved from the tailgate to the bumper.

That leaves an emptier tailgate with a central BMW badge. Seen the look before? Mercedes-Benz uses this layout for its GLC and GLE SUV coupes, which take after Stuttgart’s actual coupes. The X4’s tail lamp cluster appears slimmer and sleeker though. Compared to the outgoing X4, the prow of the tailgate looks to be less protruding. Yes or no for this new backside?

The front and sides of the X4 is less of a surprise. As it’s a coupe version of the X3, the G02 has an identical front end with the latest G01 BMW X3, which was unveiled two months ago. It looks bolder than the current X3/X4, and that’s due to an enlarged kidney grille. The side air intake elements – topped by LED fog lamps – are much larger too, now that the “third eye” independent fog lamp has been deleted.

Powertrains should mimic the new X3’s. Captured here are the M Performance M40i and M40d variants of the X4. The X3 M40i uses a 3.0 litre turbo petrol straight-six with 360 hp and 500 Nm, good for 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. A sport automatic gearbox with launch control, a rear-biased all-wheel drive system, specially tuned M Sport suspension and variable sport steering are included.

There’s no X3 M40d for now, so the badge might debut on the X4. It should be quite a powerhouse since the top X3 xDrive30d already makes 265 hp and 620 Nm from a 3.0 litre straight-six diesel. A Frankfurt show debut next month perhaps?


GALLERY: G01 BMW X3 M40i