Yesterday the world got its very first peek at the very rumored about BMW X4.

Though there's been a lot of chatter and conversation about the possible BMW X4, it wasn't spotted out on the open road. That means two things:

1) Either BMW is going to build the vehicle on an existing chassis, or...
2) It was using mules, or
3) I am wrong with point 1 and 2, above.

Any way you slice it, this vehicle was mostly a surprise. There's no question it's going to have a positive feedback from the motoring press and the general public. That's — more or less — the point of this vehicle, as was the X6 when it first bowed. It's meant to be polarizing.

And if you recall the concept that made its debut at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show, the BMW X Coupe, you'll remember that was radical and way ahead of its time. The difference now is that over a decade has passed and the first real product based on the 2001 concept made its appearance in form of the X6.

The basics that would come to define the X6 and X4 were there way back in 2001. Based on the X5, the X Coupe has that commanding driving position, sloping roofline and a bit of spunk in its design.

Now we see the X4. To me its a direct result of the X Coupe; however, it seems to remind me quite a bit of the current-gen X3 that has mated with the all-new 3-Series Gran Turismo. Note the side profile and the lines running along the front fender? How about the rear end? is ranked #1 on Google for auto show photos!

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