FRANKFURT -- BMW AG will build a new coupe-like SUV called the X4 to fill the gap between its X3 and X6 models, CEO Norbert Reithofer was quoted as saying in a German magazine.
"Yes, we will position the X4 above the X3," Reithofer told Auto Motor und Sport.
The X4 will have similar styling to the X6 coupe-styled crossover and is is expected to compete against Porsche's new small SUV, the Cajun.
Details are yet to be announced for the model, but according to the report, the X4 will be 4650mm (183 inches) long, the same length as the X3, and 207mm (8.14 inches) shorter than the X5.
The new SUV will feature a similar design layout to the X6, with the bullish front end and sloping coupe lines of the bigger X6.
Strong sales of the X6, which easily beat targets announced at its launch in 2008, have proven the success of the model's distinctive coupe-like design.
The X4 is expected to come with the same powertrain options available in the X3. All models are also expected to feature BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system.