BMW has taken off the covers of its new second-generation X4, the Germans brands first ever Sports Activity Coupe opens a new chapter in the cars success story.
The new X4 is 37 mm wider 81 mm longer than the car it replaces, the wheelbase has been stretched a further 54 mm to 2 864 mm. Thanks to this extra length, width and stretched wheelbase loading space can be expanded from 525 liters to a maximum of 1 430 liters. The new X4 has lost 50kgs thanks to BMW’s EfficientLightweight measures.
Due to arrive in the third quarter of 2018, buyers will have the option of the xLine, M Sport X and M Sport variants. For the first time with exclusive options from the BMW Individual portfolio, allowing a vehicle configuration closely tailored to the customer’s personal style.
The X4 features a new larger kidney grille, twin headlights and horizontal foglamps integrated into the outer air intakes similar to the new BMW X3. Though similar to the X3, the cars muscular dynamics and commanding presence sets it apart from its siblings. The new rear LED are a thing of art one must say.
Engine options for the South African market will be three petrol and two diesel engines. Options are the xDrive20i, xDrive20d, xDrive30i and M40i. The xDrive30d is due to arrive in the last quarter of 2018, with the M40d only arriving in the first quarter of 2019.
Engine and power outputs:
- M40i – 265 kW & 500 Nm
- M40d – 240 kW & 680 Nm
- xDrive30d – 195 kW & 620 Nm
- xDrive25d – 170 kW & 500 Nm (not coming to SA)
- xDrive20d – 140 kW & 400 Nm
- xDrive30i – 185 kW & 350 Nm
- xDrive20i – 135 kW & 290 Nm
One of the biggest highlights is the dynamic duo, the M40i, and M40d. The M40i is fitted with a turbocharged petrol 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder which BMW claims is good for a 0-100 k m/h in 4.8 seconds. On the other hand, the more torque(r) M40d with its 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel, BMW claims it will hit 0 – 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Both these models come standard with M Sport brakes and 20-inch light-alloy wheels and Adaptive M suspension being optional.
All models come with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive and an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. BMW has sold over 200,000 first gen models of the X4, with such a huge improvement, expect to see more of these on the road.