BMW X4 takes dy­nam­ics to an­other new level

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

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 roofline reaches its high­est point above the driver and then swoops down smoothly to the trail­ing edge of the tail­gate, mim­ick­ing the de­sign lan­guage of a clas­si­cal sport­ing coupe.

The sig­na­ture swage line run­ning along the flanks of BMW mod­els is split into two on the X4. The first sec­tion rises dy­nam­i­cally from the front wheel arches to the rear door han­dles, while the sec­ond part draws the eye to the mus­cu­lar sculpt­ing of the rear wings. The rear end, com­plete with Lshaped LED lights in exclusive X4 de­sign and dif­fuser-look styling, like­wise high­lights the out­stand­ing dy­namic abil­ity of the new BMW X4 – even be­fore it turns a wheel.

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.

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 Ef­fi­cien­tDy­nam­ics 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 TwinPower Turbo tech­nol­ogy of the state-of-the-art en­gines of­fers a prom­ise of su­perb per­for­mance mar­ried with ex­cep­tion­ally low fuel con­sump­tion.

The un­par­al­leled BMW Ef­fi­cien­tDy­nam­ics 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.

The BMW Con­nect­edDrive 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 Con­nect­edDrive 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 in-car us­age and can be ac­cessed eas­ily on board the BMW X4.

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