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BMW, Porsche Preparing Downsized Coupe/Crossovers

But Porsche product review could delay new Cajun.

by on Oct.14, 2010

A hint of what the BMW X4 could look like in production trim? A concept version is due in 2011.

How many models is too many?  While proliferation in the luxury car market has been intense in recent years, it looks like the high-line German marques are only beginning.

Both BMW and Porsche are well underway with the development of downsized crossover coupes that could hit market in the next couple years, according to media reports and company insiders – though Porsche’s new Cajun project is at least temporarily on hold.

The BMW offering has been dubbed the X4, and is sportier, coupe-bodied counterpart to the new 2011 X3 – or, if you prefer, a downsized alternative to the big BMW X6 coupe/crossover.

It will be offered with various 4- and 6-cylinder offerings, and probably a mix of gas and diesel powertrains for Europe.  Gearboxes will include BMW’s new 8-speed automatic.  All-wheel-drive appears likely to be the only torque delivery system on the planning books.

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An X3 M version of the 4-seat coupe/crossover is also under development, according to reports in AutoWeek and several other media outlets.

Word of the X4 has been circulating for at least two years but BMW apparently has given the project the go-ahead and a concept version is expected to surface on the auto show circuit sometime in 2011.