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New 2019 BMW X4 Is Larger, Lighter, And Loaded With Tech

New 2019 BMW X4 Is Larger, Lighter, And Loaded With Tech

A NEW BMW X4 has been launched with prices starting at £43,000 for the sporty SUV.

BMW has also gone to the X3 for the X4's interior, the two virtually identical.

So, you could plan a route on your phone and transfer it to the car's sat-nav system before you leave. The xDrive30i features an engine that's new to the X4 but used widely in other BMW models, a 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 258 pounds-feet of torque. Boot space is rated at 525 litres with the rear seats up or 1430 litres with the seats down. These include a panoramic glass roof, as well as three-zone climate control, and heated and cooled seats.

Visually, the X4 retains its crossover-coupe shape, with chunky design elements front and rear that aren't too dissimilar from those on the X3. Naturally, the six-cylinder x30d is the quicker of the diesels, with a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds, but the x20d (which can hit 62mph in 8.0 seconds) is more economical, with claimed economy of up to 52.3mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions as low as 142g/km. All of these elements come together to give it dynamically stretched proportions which are claimed to emphasise 50:50 weight distribution. 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. For reference, that's faster than most versions of the Porsche 718 Cayman.

BMW has packed lots of standard perks into the new X4 - standard bi-LED headlights, a 10.25-inch infotainment display with navigation, along with a wide array of safety and driving assistance systems: front collision warning, city collision mitigation and braking, pedestrian detection.

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d
The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

BMW plans to offer two models, at least initially, a standard xLine and an M Performance model.

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. (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 finishing touches are grey mirror caps and a unique cabin trim.

When BMW does bring the new X4 to India, it will rival the Land Rover Evoque, which is priced from Rs 44.44 lakh to Rs 59.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Due in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 is the 2993cc turbodiesel six xDrive30d, tuned for 195kW at 4000 revs and 620Nm from 2000-2500rpm, which will launch it to 100km/h in a claimed 5.8 seconds and on to 240km/h, while burning an NEDC-rated 6.2 litres per 100km. Would you pick it over the Mercedes GLC Coupe?


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