No, this isn't the full X4 M, but it is an example of the stylish, little SUV wearing BMW's M Performance aesthetic upgrades that give the model a sporty look. For buyers looking for a more aggressive appearance and don't care about the boost in power from the forthcoming M model. 

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Up front, the X4 wears a blacked-out grille surround to matched the dark strakes in the kidneys. On the side, pieces of M-Performance-branded cladding add emphasis to the gill behind the front wheel well and along the profile. Big openings in a set of V-spoke wheels also really show off the brakes. Carbon fibre mirror caps add another sporty touch. This is the lower-spec xDrive30i trim, and at the back it wears a different rear fascia that looks more like the part from the M40i.

Gallery: BMW X2, X3, X4 with M Performance Parts

These photos don't reveal the cabin, but recent photos (above) show off the full range of M Performance parts for the X2, X3, and X4. The interior upgrades include door-mounted LED projectors, branded floor mats with velour upholstery, and a sporty steering wheel with Alcantara covering and red mark at the 12 o’clock position. X4 customers can also get carbon fibre shift panels.

The X4 begins arriving at dealers in the UK in July 2018 starting at £42,900. Customers can get the xDrive30i with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 248 brake horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can also upgrade to the M40i with a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six that makes 355 bhp and 365 lb-ft.

Spy shots already show the X4 M under development. It features a front end with larger intakes, lower ride height, and quad exhaust outlets. Rumours indicate the SUV would use the S55 3.0-litre biturbo inline six with at least 470 bhp. There are no details yet about a debut date, but the hotter model might premiere before the end of the year.

Photo Source: David J Wright / PalBay SpyShots

Gallery: 2019 BMW X4 with M Performance Parts