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BMW’s first Sports Activity Coupé
What do you get if you add a BMW X to a classical coupé? The answer is the BMW X4.
With a wide range of cutting-edge high-performance diesel engines to choose from, an xDrive all-wheel-drive system and a high level of standard equipment including the BMW EfficientDynamics package and BMW ConnectedDrive, it’s no surprise that expectancy is high for BMW’s new baby.
When it comes to design, the new BMW X4 is probably nearest to the BMW X6, although it is based on the same platform as the BMW X3. Combining the character of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) with the sporting elegance of a classic coupé, the BMW X4 shows off a sporting character of its own with large air intakes at the front working with the car’s lower visual centre of gravity and fog lamps below the twin headlights to make the X4 look as muscular as you would want a BMW to be., merely hinting at the performance of the car
The roofline, in keeping with the look of a BMW coupé, before dropping gently down towards the trailing edge of the boot lid, but the BMW X4 has a twist on the traditional BMW with the signature swage line split into two for the first time; the first section rising from the front wheel arches to the rear door handles with the second section helping to accentuate the powerful sculpting of the rear wings.
The design of the interior sees the use of (the expected) premium materials to promote the exclusivity of the car itself, with a high-gloss black-panel look and aluminium trim strips in the wood panelling creating an ambient feeling throughout.
Both drivers and passengers sit lower in the BMW X4 to accentuate that sporty feel of a coupé, and the designers have not forgotten the load capacity, which is now between 500 and1,400 litres thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, and standard-fit automatically opening tailgate.
If you thought that the BMW X3 had a load of standards, then you will be delighted by the BMW X4 and its (deep breath) automatically opening tailgate, Variable Sport Steering, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, front and rear Park Distance Control, Performance Control, Xenon headlights, 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, sport leather steering wheel, heated front seats and BMW Business Media package – all as standard.
Obviously there are updating packages that are available.
Continuing the sporty theme, the suspension on the new BMW X4 models is set-up to accommodate and the car comes with BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system as standard. This works in tandem with the standard Variable Sport Steering to provide driving dynamics that, incredibly enough, surpass that of the seemingly impassable BMW X3 in terms of sportiness.
From launch the new BMW X4 will be available with a choice three EU6 standard diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology to keep both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum.
Kicking off with the BMW X4 xDrive20d which features a newly developed 2.0-litre diesel engine with an all-aluminium construction that develops 190hp at 4,000rpm with a peak torque of 400Nm: This results in a 0-62mph of 8.0 seconds.
The BMW X4 xDrive20d model comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox but there is also an option of an eight-speed automatic transmission which brings fuel consumption down to 54.3mpg and sets the CO2 emission at 138g/km.
The BMW X4 xDrive30d is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine that works in tandem with the standard eight-speed Sport automatic transmission to give a combined mpg of 47.9 with CO2 emissions at just 156 g/km. With figures like that you would imagine that power is compromised, but figures such as an engine output of 258hp at 4,000rpm with a peak torque of 560Nm from as low as 1,500rpm and 0-62mph acceleration of 5.8 seconds speak otherwise.
And then there is the top-of-the-shop of the BMW X4 line-up: The xDrive35d. This sports a 3.0-litre diesel engine that delivers 313hp and puts a peak torque of 630Nm on tap from between 1,500 and 2,500rpm. By making use of its standard-fitted Launch Control, 62mph is reached from starting in a mere 5.2 seconds right up to a top speed of 153mph; yet the X4 xDrive35d manages a fuel consumption figure of just 47.1mpg and emits only 157g/km CO2.
The BMW X4 arrives in the UK in May this year; but I’d get in quick if you want one because I get the feeling that they may well get pretty popular!