Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

X appeal? New BMW X4 SUV unveiled

X appeal? New BMW X4 SUV unveiled

Like the X3, the X4 is underpinned by BMW's CLAR platform (first introduced on the new 7-series), which has resulted in weight savings of about 50kg, as compared to the previous model.

We're in the middle of an avalanche of BMW X-cars.

The X4 is 81mm longer, has a 54mm stretched wheelbase, 37mm wider and 3mm lower than its predecessor.

BMW has launched a new version of its coupe-inspired X4 SUV. The new X4 is being pitched as a more premium auto the starting price increased by some £4,000-plus over the outgoing vehicle.

The X4's interior is a lot like the X3's. On the base end, there's the X4 xDrive30i, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Later in the year the performance models will arrive, with the M Performance M40i good for 360bhp and 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, and the M40d good for 326bhp and 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds. The optional 40/20/40 split rear seats help to liberate even more room, when called for - thus increasing boot capacity to 1,430 litres. 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. The xDrive30d (due to join the range in August 2018) has 261bhp, which is enough for a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds; the sporty M40d benefits from 322bhp and brings the 62mph sprint down to 4.9 seconds.

All driver-assist and semi-autonomous features offered by BMW are available, including the latest generation of active cruise control with stop-and-go.

The BMW X4 shares with these models not just the production location but also a leading role in terms of innovative concepts.

Instrument panel and center stack designs are reminiscent of what's found in the X3, as is the 10.25-inch infotainment display, housing BMW's latest version of its iDrive system. Wheel sizes range from 19-21 inches.

Initially the X4 will be offered with four engine options, including two new to the range M Performance models.These will be combined with bolder body styling to present a more performance-pitched image. According to BMW, the X4 M40i can get from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds, which is the same as the X3 M40i. And, among the options are stronger M Sport brakes and an Adaptive Suspension, which adapts to suit the conditions and allows the driver to tailor the responses to their liking, whether they want a sporty drive or a more comfortable ride.

BMW has revealed the new X4 will be priced from £42,900 and is available to order from February 15.

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