Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
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BMW X4 is all-new, but you probably can't tell

BMW X4 is all-new, but you probably can't tell

For worldwide markets, the X4 will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines - a 2.0-litre petrol in 184hp and 252hp states of tune, a 2.0-litre diesel in 190hp and 231hp tunes, a 360hp, 3.0-litre petrol mill and a 326hp, 3.0-litre diesel motor. The petrol engines for the X4 will come with the following specifications.

Based on the same platform as the all-new BMW X3, the sportier X4 looks to be a bit more grown-up with softer creases and rounded edges.

It gets the same headlights, large kidney grilles and heavily sculpted hood as the X3.

BMW has revealed the new, 2018 X4 SUV, giving it a facelifted design, added technology, and introducing a new M40d badge with a powerful diesel engine for the first time. Both are almost identical to the old X4, but a high-power X4 M is in the plans for this generation. Wheels range in size from 19 to 21 inches, and further options from BMW Individual stand to make it even more personal.

The 2019 X4 gains new standard safety equipment with Active Protection offering protective measures when an accident is imminent. The options list now includes electrically adjustable seats that can be heated and ventilated, three-zone climate control and a larger panoramic glass roof than in the old vehicle. An acoustic glass windscreen is standard and helps cut noise on the move, while the same material can be specified for the front side windows, too. Boot space has also been upped by 25 litres to 525 litres. An optional storage package adds hinged compartments, USB ports and hooks for the boot. An eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive are standard for both trims, though in the M40i it has a rear-wheel-drive bias for a sportier feel. United States buyers will choose between two models: The xDrive30i packs a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 252 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque to deliver a 0-62 time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 149 miles per hour. Average economy of up to 51.4mpg is claimed, along with Carbon dioxide emissions of between 163 and 168g/km, depending on exact specification. For reference, that's faster than most versions of the Porsche 718 Cayman. The 0-62mph sprint drops to 6.3 seconds, economy only gets as high as 39.2mpg on average and Carbon dioxide emissions are as much as 168g/km.

2019 BMW X4
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BMW plans to offer two models, at least initially, a standard xLine and an M Performance model. Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, top speed 250 km/h. The changes for the coupe-styled crossover are similar to those made for its sibling model, the BMW X3, last year. The smallest is the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder xDrive20d, with 187bhp and a 0-62mph time of eight seconds exactly. Average economy is as high as 51.4mpg, with Carbon dioxide emissions ranging between 145 and 149g/km.

The xDrive30i has exactly the same engine, but tuned for 185kW at 6500 revs and 350Nm from 1450-4800rpm - good enough, says BMW, for 0-100 in 6.3 seconds and 240km/h on the autobahn, while depleting the world's fossil fuel reserves at the nominal NEDC rate of 7.3 litres per 100km. The former will return up to 47.9mpg on average, while the latter manages a maximum of 44.1mpg.

The 2019 BMW X4 will be released in July with a starting price of $50,450. Optional systems include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane assistance and a blindspot monitoring system. Add the optional "Driving Assistant Plus" safety pack and the X4 will benefit from active steering systems that can keep the auto in lane at up to 130mph, along with various cross-traffic and cross-wind warning systems. The M twins are called the X4 M40i and the BMW X4 M40d.

The interior is much the same as in the X3, meaning a combination of excellent build quality and the latest iDrive infotainment system wrapped up in a sophisticated and well-presented package. A SIM card comes as standard, which allows the use of BMW Teleservices in the event of an emergency - with an automatic prompt if a low-speed collision is detected.

Apple and Android phones are fully supported, as are their respective smart watches, along with Amazon Alexa and Google Home personal assistants; BMW suggests that a route could be planned via any of these methods before being transferred to your vehicle, based on calendar entries and other information.

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