Report: BMW May Replace X4 With All-Electric IX4

Report: BMW May Replace X4 With All-Electric IX4

BMW's next-generation EV platform, Neue Klasse, arrives in 2025, meaning new all-electric cars. At least one current combustion car will be retired for a new model.

BMW's X4 SUV, or SAV (sports activity vehicle), is a fastback version of the upright X3 and has been around since 2015. A second-generation model will be introduced in 2019. 

People familiar with BMW's model plans say Munich bosses didn't predict enough future sales for a third-generation combustion-powered X4.

BMW Blog reports that BMW originally planned combustion and electric X4s. The gas-powered crossover was to be based on an updated version of today's CLAR architecture, while the electric version would get the Neue Klasse platform. 

This will also happen to the 3-Series and X3 to allow BMW to offer combustion and electric powertrain options.

It appears only the electric iX4 will finish. It's expected in 2026, a year after the first Neue Klasse cars. The i3 will be an electric 3-Series aimed at the Tesla Model 3 (the i4 is a coupe) and the iX3.

BMW is more cautious than other premium brands that are going all-electric by the end of the decade. It's committed to making 50% of its cars electric by 2030, leaving plenty of room for combustion vehicles. The X4 may not fit.