In addition to the new engines, the second-generation X4 moves to a new architecture - BMW's CLAR platform - and becomes lighter, more efficient and roomier, BMW said Wednesday. BMW quotes 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h, while slurping 9.2 litres per 100km on the old NEDC rating.
The new X4 will make its public debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show. The automaker says that the new X4 has sportier proportions, wider tracks, and the latest suspension settings with a lower center of gravity and improved aerodynamics. All models have adaptive LED headlights as standard.
Globally, the new X4 will be offered with three gasoline and four diesel engine options, ranging in output from 184 horsepower and 360. Trim levels start at Sport and rise to M Sport and M Sport X.
Inside, meanwhile, it's very much a carbon copy of the X3. This is no bad thing however, as the new auto is a far more comprehensive package than before, with an array of excellent BMW powertrains and a much improved interior compared to its predecessor.
Diesels are likely to be the most popular X4 models in the United Kingdom and there's no shortage of choice.
There's an oversized 10.25-inch touchscreen, optional head-up display (now 75 percent larger), and both gesture- and voice-control functionality. The dashboard is dominated by a large iDrive infotainment screen, which measures 6.5 inches as standard or 10.25 inches if the optional "Navigation System Professional" is selected.
So, you could plan a route on your phone and transfer it to the car's sat-nav system before you leave. The X3 and X4 are built together at the brand's SUV plant in Spartanburg, USA. Boot space is rated at 525 litres with the rear seats up or 1430 litres with the seats down. There's 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, which expands to 50.5 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat down. It packs an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive that pushes it to 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. That range does include petrol engines, but despite the current anti-diesel sentiments in the United Kingdom, they won't initially come here, if at all. Claimed economy for the 265PS diesel is a respectable 47.9mpg and 156g/km, while the 0-62mph sprint can be completed in 5.8 seconds.
However, for now, mainstream X4s in the United Kingdom will have diesel engines. BMW claims weight distribution is 50/50, front-to-rear.
Also playing their part are the Dynamic Stability Control system and Performance Control function, which varies the amount of toque going to the rear wheels to suit the conditions. A more powerful version of the same engine is found in the xDrive30i, with 249bhp.
The redesigned models also receive a wide array of new standard safety features such as BMW's Active Protection system.
Although not announced yet, the X4 is expected to spawn a hotter M model for the first time. (We'll wait to see, but would be surprised if a true M edition doesn't follow.) Both come with model-specific 19-inch light-alloy wheels.
The full range is on sale now with prices starting at £42,900 for an xDrive20d. In the U.S., the new X4 is available in two flavors. Would you pick it over the Mercedes GLC Coupe?
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