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.
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.
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.