2015 BMW X4 REVEALED
BMW has revealed its all new X4 Sports Active Coupe this week - and if you’re wondering, that’s BMW for ‘coupe-like SUV’.
The new model’s unveiling follows the debut early last year of the Concept X4 and, in the looks department, little has changed between then and now.
And a companion it truly is: measuring just 15mm longer, the new X4 is very much the lifestyle-oriented alternative to the comparatively dowdy X3.
The X4 stands around 40mm lower than the X3, and the seating position is also lower - around 20mm in the front and 30mm in the rear.
The coupe-cum-SUV brings a new front-end look to BMW’s midsized SUV style, although a facelift last month saw the X3 given a similar look (and you’ll see that update here later this year).
The true differences are through the body, with the X4 taking on a properly coupe-like rake to its long roofline, stepping away from the practical wagon shape of the X3.
Still, BMW says there’s room for three adults in the rear, and the 40/20/40 split-folding back seats boost the already useful 500 litres of storage to 1400 litres when laid flat.
All variants in the X4 range, for now at least, are all-wheel-drive, and there’s a range of petrol and diesel engine options.
The same engines offered with the X3 will feature in the X4, from the 135kW/270Nm xDrive20i and 180kW/350Nm xDrive28i to the hero 225kW/400Nm xDrive35i.
Diesel options include the 140kW/400Nm xDrive20d and 190kW/560Nm xDrive30d, and the powerhouse xDrive35d with 230kW and 630Nm.
It’s that top diesel that boasts the best performance figures too, promising a 0-100km/h time of just 5.2 seconds and a 247km/h top speed.
The xDrive20d is of course the most economical option in the range, listing fuel use at 5.4 l/100km. 0-100km/h for that model is listed at a still quick 8.0 seconds.
There’s an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard with all models but for the xDrive20d, which gets a six-speed manual.
BMW hasn’t confirmed plans for any M Performance models, although the company’s local boss Phil Horton told TMR last year that an even quicker diesel model is likely.
Internationally, the X4’s standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, an automatic tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, xenon headlights, sports leather steering wheel, heated front seats and an enhanced infotainment pack.
Further into the range you’ll find leather sports seats, and there’s also the familiar M Sport package which adds sharper handling and styling tweaks, along with larger 19-inch wheels.
Australian specs are still to be confimed.
Speaking with TMR today, BMW Australia’s Lenore Fletcher said we’ll see the X4 here later in 2014, either toward the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth.