BMW X4 new generation presented officiallyFebruary 14, 2018
Crossover BMW X4 is built on the basis of the latest BMW X3. In front, the cross-coupe practically copies the X3, but the rear lights are completely new, made in a style uncharacteristic for the cars. By the way, the main rival X4 – Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe – similar lights.
The new BMW cross-coupe turned out to be bigger and slightly lower than the predecessor: the length increased to 4,752 mm (+81 mm), the width is now 1 918 mm (+37 mm), height – 1,621 mm (-3 mm), wheelbase – 2 864 mm (+54 mm). The coefficient of aerodynamic drag is reduced by 10%. The volume of the trunk is now 525 liters instead of the previous 500 liters, with the rear seats folded back up to 1,430 liters (there were 1,400 liters).
In the crossover design, after the generation change, the amount of aluminum used, as well as high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, increased. This not only allowed to increase the rigidity, but also to reduce the mass of the model. The difference in comparison with the predecessor can reach 50 kilograms, depending on the modification.
An increase of 81 millimetres in exterior length to 4,752 millimetres, 54 millimetres added to the wheelbase (now 2,864 millimetres), an extra 37 millimetres of width (1,918 millimetres) and a 3-millimetre drop in height (to 1,621 millimetres) lend the all-new BMW X4 dynamically stretched proportions. Short overhangs and powerfully formed, subtly hexagonal wheel arches emphasise the perfectly balanced 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle.
The all-new BMW X4 will be launched with a choice of latest-generation power units comprising two petrol and two diesel engines, each with four cylinders and 2.0-litre displacement. Their advanced BMW TwinPower Turbo technology promises dynamic power delivery accompanied by remarkably low fuel consumption and emissions. Rounding off the line-up are two BMW M Performance models with six-cylinder in-line engines under the bonnet, one petrol and one diesel (see next chapter), as well as another straight-six diesel unit. All model variants direct their engine’s power to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard, resulting in effortless progress over smooth roads and rough terrain alike. Gear selections can be made manually using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. The BMW M Performance models, BMW X4 xDrive30i, BMW X4 xDrive30d and BMW X4 xDrive25d leave the factory equipped with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission offering exceptionally fast gear changes as well as a Launch Control function. The standard-fit Driving Experience Control switch lets drivers choose from SPORT, COMFORT and ECO PRO set-ups, while the BMW X4 M40i, BMW X4 M40d, BMW X4 xDrive30i and BMW X4 xDrive30d models also add a SPORT+ mode.
Awaiting the driver and passengers inside the all-new BMW X4 is a cabin with a modern, premium feel, whose strikingly dynamic styling also exudes an air of high-class elegance. All the controls are clearly arranged and set within trim finishers featuring a distinctly pared-down design. The low instrument panel and the slightly raised seating position typical of BMW X models afford drivers a superb view of what’s happening on the road ahead. The driver-focused layout of the cockpit helps to create a supremely assured and wonderfully sporty driving experience at all times. Redesigned sports seats with boldly contoured side bolsters provide outstanding lateral support even in extreme handling situations. Knee pads on the sides of the centre console add an extra touch of sportiness.
Top-class materials, precise build quality and a host of meticulously crafted details set the tone for the modern and individual premium character of the all-new BMW X4. The surfaces of the instrument panel and door panelling merge smoothly into one another, while the X logos embossed into the electroplated surfaces of the front and rear doors are eye-catching details. The power window buttons, the Start/Stop button, the multifunction buttons on the sports steering wheel and the controls on the centre console can also be embellished with electroplated detailing as an option. The ambient lighting, adding extra light sources around the centre console and instrument panel, in the door panelling and in the footwells, enhances the sense of wellbeing in the interior of the all-new BMW X4. The lighting mood can be adjusted as the driver pleases thanks to a choice of six colours. Large stowage trays, roomy door pockets, cupholders and various storage compartments are all testimony to the functional qualities of the all-new BMW X4.
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