BMW's development chief, Herbert Diess, has revealed some new details about the company's future product lineup.
Talking to Auto Motor und Sport, Diess acknowledged the luxury crossover segment is growing and the company wants a piece of the action. As a result, the executive confirmed plans to launch an X4 in 2014.
When asked about the company's front-wheel drive future, Diess said BMW will introduce 22 models - ten of which are brand new - by the end of 2014. He also revealed the company will continually expand their front-wheel drive lineup, but the 3-, 5- and 7-Series will remain rear-wheel drive.
Diess also dismissed rumors that the company was worried about their i sub-brand becoming a failure. As he explained, BMW is taking a "pioneering role" and is confident that having a mix of "conventional and alternative powered cars" is a good move.