X-CITING DRIVE X4

With M Sport sus­pen­sion as stan­dard, the new BMW X4 is the Ger­man car­maker’s best-han­dling X model yet.

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HHOT on the heels of the X2 that was launched ear­lier this year is the BMW X4, the lat­est “SUV coupe” in the Ger­man car­maker’s lineup.

The first-gen­er­a­tion X4, which was in­tro­duced four years ago, of­fered in­ter­ested buy­ers a coupe-like ver­sion of the X3. Like its pre­de­ces­sor, the X4 is also based on the X3, and both are built on the Ger­man car­maker’s CLAR (clus­ter ar­chi­tec­ture) plat­form.

This new plat­form is used for larger rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive mod­els. That in­cludes the X7, which will be in­tro­duced next year. When viewed from the front, the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the X3 and X4 are quite clear, with both hav­ing sim­i­lar grilles, bumpers and LED head­lights. The more sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences be­tween the cur­rent X4 and the pre­vi­ous one are the larger kid­ney grilles and fog lights, which are now a row of LEDs on ei­ther side of the bumper in­stead of cir­cu­lar units.

How­ever, it is when the X4 is viewed from the side that its up­dated de­sign be­comes far more dis­tin­guish­able. The whee­larches are less cir­cu­lar and more an­gu­lar in shape, while the gen­tler rake of the rear sec­tion of the roof makes the whole car look more aero­dy­namic.

The changes to the rear are no­tice­able, too, with slim­mer LED tail-lights and a more steeply raked rear wind­screen. There is also a uniquely shaped roof spoiler with two raised ends. Lovers of twin ex­hausts will be pleased to know that these are stan­dard on ev­ery X4 vari­ant.

All of the above, com­bined with an 81mm in­crease in length and a slight (3mm) de­crease in height, makes the X4 look less bul­bous and much sleeker and sportier.

STORY TONY TAN LO­CA­TION SPARTANBURG, USA

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