x4 marks the spot

BMW just keeps re­leas­ing cars, which is great for fans of the Ger­man au­to­mo­bile maker, es­pe­cially if you want a dif­fer­ent BMW for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. In July this year the man­u­fac­turer will launch the X4 into the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

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Based on the X6 and X3, the all-new Four badge, looks like the for­mer coupé, but per­forms like the lat­ter. It has all the right BMW curves and is slightly longer than the X3, but it sits lower. It is also roomier with 500 litres of lug­gage room, ex­pand­able to 1400 with rear seats dropped.

The top of the range is the 35i: a sporty num­ber. While it looks like the 6, it has less bulk and can be thrown around safely (and en­joy­ably).

The X4 is part of the SUV fam­ily and is de­liv­ered in four dif­fer­ent mod­els rang­ing from $69,990 to $87,900 plus on road costs for the model above. It’s roughly a $10,000 pre­mium from the X3 se­ries.

The base model is the xDrive20i: a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der tur­bocharged petrol en­gine pro­duc­ing 135kW/270Nm.

The xDrive20d is the sec­ond-tier of­fer­ing. It fea­tures a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der tur­bocharged diesel en­gine re­turn­ing 140kW and 400Nm. It trav­els 0-100km/h in 8.0 sec­onds.

The xDrive30d is a 3.0-litre six-cylin­der turbo diesel en­gine pro­duc­ing 190kW and 560Nm and goes from 0-100km/h per­for­mance in 5.8 sec­onds.

The xDrive35i is a 3.0-litre six-cylin­der tur­bocharged petrol en­gine with 225kW and 400Nm. Zero to 100km/h is achieved in 5.5 sec­onds.

All mod­els will fea­ture per­for­mance con­trol and vari­able sports steer­ing, en­abling dif­fer­ent set­tings for per­for­mance or com­fort-ori­ented driv­ing.

Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude 19-inch wheels, dual-zone air-con­di­tion­ing with rear air vents, leather up­hol­stered sports seats with lum­bar sup­port and elec­tric ad­just­ment for the front seats, au­to­matic tail­gate and Bi-Xenon head­lights with LED day­time lights.

The new BMW X4 (fuel con­sump­tion com­bined: 8.3–5.0* l/100 km [34.0– 54.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emis­sions com­bined: 193–130* g/km) blends the hall­mark fea­tures of the suc­cess­ful BMW X fam­ily with the sport­ing el­e­gance of a clas­si­cal coupe, and in­tro­duces the unique Sports Ac­tiv­ity Coupe con­cept to the pre­mium mid-size seg­ment.

High­lights

Ex­tro­vert and dy­namic ap­pear­ance. The new BMW X4 is based on the tech­ni­cal blue­print of the BMW X3, but dis­plays a sport­ing char­ac­ter very much its own and takes dy­nam­ics to an­other new level. That much is clear when you view the new model head-on. The large air in­takes po­si­tioned on the outer edges of the front end and the char­ac­ter lines in the front apron al­low the BMW X4 – with its sig­na­ture BMW twin head­lights and front fog lamps (both op­tion­ally with LED tech­nol­ogy) – to max­imise its vis­ual pres­ence on the road. The driver and front pas­sen­ger sit 20 mil­lime­tres lower than in the BMW X3. In con­junc­tion with the two-seat look of the rear, this ac­cen­tu­ates the coupe char­ac­ter of the new BMW in the classy and exclusive in­te­rior as well. At the same time, the X4 of­fers gen­er­ous lev­els of space for up to five people and – thanks to the stan­dard 40:20:40 split rear seat back­rest – im­pres­sive vari­abil­ity.

Un­par­al­leled en­gine power com­bined with supreme re­fine­ment. In keep­ing with the vi­va­cious char­ac­ter of the new BMW X4, cus­tomers can choose from three petrol en­gines and a trio of diesel units from the BMW Ef­fi­cient-Dy­nam­ics en­gine fam­ily, whose out­put ranges from 135 kW/184 hp to 230 kW/313 hp. All the en­gines meet the EU6 ex­haust gas stan­dard. The BMW Twin-Power Turbo tech­nol­ogy of the state-of-theart en­gines of­fers a prom­ise of su­perb per­for­mance mar­ried with ex­cep­tion­ally low fuel con­sump­tion. For ex­am­ple, the flag­ship petrol unit in the BMW X4 xDrive35i (fuel con­sump­tion ur­ban/ex­tra-ur­ban/com­bined: 10.7/6.9/8.3 l/100 km [26.4/40.9/34.0 mpg imp]; CO2 emis­sions com­bined: 193 g/km) de­vel­ops an out­stand­ing 225 kW/306 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).

BMW Ef­fi­cient-Dy­nam­ics: driv­ing plea­sure meets fuel econ­omy. The un­par­al­leled BMW Ef­fi­cient-Dy­nam­ics tech­nol­ogy pack­age also min­imises the fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions of the new BMW X4. In­cluded are fea­tures such as the Auto Start Stop func­tion and coast­ing func­tion (if an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box is fit­ted), Brake En­ergy Re­gen­er­a­tion and on-de­mand oper­a­tion of an­cil­lary units, en­sur­ing an ad­mirable de­gree of en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pat­i­bil­ity to go with max­i­mum driv­ing plea­sure. Also avail­able as an op­tion to add fur­ther ef­fi­ciency to the mix are fourth-gen­er­a­tion re­duced-rolling-re­sis­tance tyres, which re­duce the CO2 emis­sions of selected vari­ants of the BMW X4 by an­other 7 g/km. * Fig­ures with op­tional re­duced-rolling-re­sis­tance tyres on 17-inch Stream­line style 306 light-al­loy wheels.

BMW Con­nected Drive: Ser­vices & Apps and as­sis­tance sys­tems. The BMW Con­nected Drive fea­tures avail­able for the new X4 al­low BMW to re­state once again its lead­er­ship in the link-up of driver, ve­hi­cle and out­side world. Among the high­lights in the new BMW X4 are the full-colour BMW Head-Up Dis­play, the anti-dazzle High Beam As­sis­tant, and Driv­ing As­sis­tant Plus in­clud­ing Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing, Ac­tive Cruise Con­trol with Stop & Go func­tion, pre­ven­tive pedes­trian pro­tec­tion and a Col­li­sion Warn­ing sys­tem, which ap­plies the brakes with any­thing up to max­i­mum stop­ping power as re­quired. Added to which, the op­tional Con­nected Drive Ser­vices also al­low driv­ers to sign up to in­no­va­tive ser­vices such as Real Time Traf­fic In­for­ma­tion (RTTI), the Concierge Ser­vice and Re­mote Ser­vices. Face­book, Twit­ter, AUPEO! per­son­alised in­ter­net ra­dio and mu­sic plat­forms like Nap­ster and Deezer have also been op­ti­mised for in­car us­age and can be ac­cessed eas­ily on board the BMW X4.

The BMW X4 is ev­ery­thing you ex­pect: stylish, quick and with all the ameni­ties that the mod­ern driver re­quires.

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