BMW have bridged the gap between the X3 and X5 in their off-road range by unveiling the new X4 in Geneva.
Looking very much like an X6 photocopied on 80% the X4 is BMW’s latest attempt at what it calls an SAC – a sports activity coupe.
Arriving in UK dealerships on July 12 the X4 is based on the same platform as the X3 but gains large front air scoops and a more curved profile than it’s SUV sister.
Backwards from that it’s very much X6 territory. That sloped roof meets a large hatched boot and twin exhausts sit under the huge vertical rear panel.
The whole effect is undeniably muscular, although as with the X6 there is no doubt it will divide opinion between love and hate.
The effect of the styling changes is a £6,000 premium over the X3 and to lengthen the X4 over the X3 by 14mm to 4,671mm while lowering it by 36mm to 1,624mm.
Those stepping inside will find the interior lower than the X3 by 20mm at the front and 28mm at the rear increasing the road rather than the off-road theme.
Boot space is still an impressive 500 litres, or 1,400 with the split 40:20:40 split-seats (standard on the X4, an option only on the X3) down. Despite the crushed roof that amounts to a loss of only 50 litres (or 200 with the seats down) over the X3.
At launch three engines will be on offer, all diesels.
The basic £36,590 xDrive20 carries an all aluminium 2.0litre engine. This pushes out 190 bhp and 295 lb ft of torque propelling the X4 to 60 in 8 seconds and mange 52.3mpg and 143 g/km of CO2. The xDrive20d is the only one of the trio that comes with a six-speed manual.
Above it the xDrive30d and xDrive35d are both mated to an eight-speed auto ‘box which BMW say lowers fuel consumption.
At the top of the range the 3.5 litre engine will push that 0-60 figure down to an impressive 5.2 seconds and onwards to 153mph.
Inside the X4 seats five, one more than it’s bigger sister, but the high-point of the roofline is sat right above the driver, so rear height may be squeezed.
As standard the X4 comes with an automatically opening tailgate, Variable Sport Steering, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, front and rear Park Distance Control, Performance Control and Xenon headlights, 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, a Sport leather steering wheel, Heated front seats and BMW Business Media package.
Another £1,500 will move up to xLine trim, which adds 18-inch light-alloy wheels Satin Aluminium exterior trim, Dark Copper interior trim, Sport seats and “exclusive” xLine leather upholstery.
Add £3,000 on top of that and the M Sport model adds M Sport aero tweaks, 19-inch allows, more sporty suspension, BMW M door sill finishers, Sport seats and an Aluminium Hexagon interior.
The x6 was a surprise high-seller, so BMW will be hoping to again exploit a niche no-one knew needed exploiting with their latest coupe/4×4/thing.
|Model||Power (hp)||Torque (Nm)||0 – 62mph (seconds)||Top speed (mph)||Combined (mpg)||CO2 emissions (g/km)||Price
|BMW X4 xDrive20d SE||190||400||8.0 (8.0)||132 (132)||52.3 (54.3)||143 (138)||£36,590|
|BMW X4 xDrive30d xLine||258||560||(5.8)||(145)||(47.9)||(156)||£44,890|
|BMW X4 xDrive35d M Sport||313||630||(5.2)||(153)||(47.1)||(157)||£48,990|