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The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion BMW X4 Sport Ac­tiv­ity Coupe (SAC), first dis­played at the Geneva Mo­tor Show ear­lier this year and man­u­fac­tured in Spar­tan­burg, South Carolina, USA, will be avail­able here shortly. Suc­ces­sor to the first ever coupé SUV in the mid-size class, its pre­de­ces­sor has racked up over 200,000 sales, and ac­cord­ing to BMW, the lat­est X4 places greater em­pha­sis on sporti­ness and ex­pres­sive de­sign.

It is longer (+81 mm), wider (+37 mm) and lower (-3 mm) than the out­go­ing model, with a longer wheel­base (+54 mm) and a mod­ern, premium in­te­rior feel, with redesigned sports seats and a cock­pit de­signed around the driver.

The new X4 will be avail­able in xline, M Sport X and M Sport vari­ants, with ex­clu­sive op­tions from the BMW In­di­vid­ual port­fo­lio, and a broad range of en­gines, fea­tur­ing three petrol and three diesel units with power out­puts rang­ing from 135 kw to 265 kw. Drive is re­layed via an eight-speed Step­tronic trans­mis­sion and BMW xdrive (stan­dard on all mod­els) to all four wheels. Two M Per­for­mance mod­els, the M40i and M40d, will also be avail­able.

The new X4 is up to 50 kg lighter com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor, with bet­ter driv­ing dy­nam­ics courtesy of an ex­ten­sively up­graded and lighter chas­sis and a drag co­ef­fi­cient (Cd) of only 0.30. It sports the lat­est idrive op­er­at­ing sys­tem and sta­teof-the-art driv­ing as­sis­tance sys­tems to en­hance com­fort and safety.

The model vari­ants avail­able at launch are the petrol driven xdrive20i, and xdrive30i, and the xdrive20d, xdrive25d, and 240 kw M40d diesel de­riv­a­tives. Lo­cal pric­ing is not yet known.

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