BMW pioneered the Sports Activity Coupe segment, or in simpler terms, the SUV with coupe-like styling. As BMW has unveiled the X3, it was inevitable that its coupe sibling will eventually be launched. Bowing down at the Geneva Motor Show is the all-new, second generation BMW X4.
The all-new BMW X4 is larger yet lighter than its predecessor. It also has a lower center of gravity and as ever with all BMWs, a perfect 50/50 weight distribution for that trademark BMW agility. Making itself known for its dynamic and sporting characters is its dynamic and striking design with its sleek, aggressively sloping roofline, and chiselled front end that makes the BMW X4 look more aggressive and ready to attack. A “three-dmensional” kidney grille and hexagonal foglamps highlight the X4’s sporting and rugged character. LED headlights flank the kidney grille, which come as standard on all X4s, and the rear tailgate has been cleaned up, now with the license plate being moved towards the rear bumper. Larger, bolder LED tail lights round up the X4’s evolutionary design changes.
Inside, the BMW X4 shares its basic architecture with the BMW X3’s, but with a lower dashboard and a higher seating position for a more commanding view up front. The increased exterior dimensions also translate to the interior, with increased legroom for back seat passengers. A driver focused cabin hints at the BMW X4’s intentions as a sporty and dynamic crossover, highlighted by the 10.25-inch BMW iDrive with Navigation System Professional that includes a touch screen and gesture control.
Powering the BMW X4 are three petrol engines and four diesels. The petrol engine range begins with the xDrive20i, which produces 184 hp. Meanwhile, the xDrive30i produces 252 hp, and the xDriveM40i, which is the top of the range petrol engine, boasts a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-6 with 360 hp and 465 Nm of torque, good enough for a 0-100 kph time of 4.8 seconds. The diesels, meanwhile, begin with the xDrive20d, which produces 190 hp. Then there’s an xDrive30d, which produces 265 hp, and an xDriveM40d, which produces 326 hp and a monstrous 630 Nm of torque, good for a 0-100 kph time of just 4.9 seconds. All powertrains are mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, with xDrive all wheel drive delivering power to all four wheels.
200,000 BMW X4s have been sold around the world since its launch, with 20,000 of those reaching the USA, where the X4 is also assembled. The brand that pioneered the Sports Activity Coupe segment continues on with its success story through the release of the second generation BMW X4.