As people around the world come to terms with BMW’s number 4 in their series range, BMW has already launched multiple variants, from the standard 4-series to the 4-series Gran coupe. Critics called the X6 a car that was built for the wrong era whilst others say they love the sleek lines of a sporty SUV. Now, BMW has launched the X4, a mini version of their X6.
The new BMW X4 is based on the technical blueprint of the BMW X3, but displays a sporting character very much its own and takes dynamics to another new level. That much is clear when you view the new model head-on. The large air intakes positioned on the outer edges of the front end and the character lines in the front apron allow the BMW X4 – with its signature BMW twin headlights and front fog lamps (both optionally with LED technology) – to maximise its visual presence on the road.
The roofline reaches its highest point above the driver and then swoops down smoothly to the trailing edge of the tailgate, mimicking the design language of a classical sporting coupe. The signature swage line running along the flanks of BMW models is split into two on the X4. The first section rises dynamically from the front wheel arches to the rear door handles, while the second part draws the eye to the muscular sculpting of the rear wings. The rear end, complete with L-shaped LED lights in exclusive X4 design and diffuser-look styling, likewise highlights the outstanding dynamic ability of the new BMW X4 – even before it turns a wheel.
The driver and front passenger sit 20 millimetres lower than in the BMW X3. In conjunction with the two-seat look of the rear, this accentuates the coupe character of the new BMW in the classy and exclusive interior as well. At the same time, the X4 offers generous levels of space for up to five people and – thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest – impressive variability.
BMW is offering a choice from three petrol engines and a trio of diesel units from the BMW EfficientDynamics engine family, whose output ranges from 184 hp to 313 hp. The flagship petrol unit in the BMW X4 xDrive35i develops an outstanding 306 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm. The BMW X4 xDrive35i requires just 5.5 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h . And an equally impressive performer in terms of power delivery and CO2 efficiency is the BMW X4 xDrive35d . Its 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine generates 313 hp and peak torque of 630 Nm . The BMW X4 xDrive35d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.
The new-generation 2.0-litre diesel engine in the BMW X4 xDrive20d with eight-speed Steptronic transmission also sets the benchmark when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Its four-cylinder unit produces 190 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm.
Check out more of the X4 in the gallery below.