The second-generation BMW X4 has been revealed, ahead of an Australian market launch sometime in the third quarter of 2018.
Headlining the upgrades are an all-new exterior look – bringing the X4 in line with the related X3 – along with the latest in connectivity, a fresh infotainment layout, and up-to-date driver assistance systems.
Externally, the X4 looks very similar to its X3 sibling, sporting the same kidney grille and bi-LED headlights. The distinguishing feature is still the sloping coupe roofline, extending into a new rear-end design that will no doubt become a signature of BMW's next-generation coupes.
Speaking of the new rear end, the 3D-effect full LED tail-lights are standard equipment, as is an electric tailgate.
New alloy wheel designs complement the exterior changes, while five new exterior colours – Pythonic Blue, Terra Brown, Sparkling Storm, Flamingo Red (pictured) and Sunstone – will offer buyers an extra degree of personalisation.
A similar degree of change can be seen on the inside, with the X4 adopting the new dashboard design and infotainment displays from the X3 – including the option of a 12.3-inch digital driver's cluster and 10.25-inch touchscreen central infotainment system with iDrive 6.
The steering wheel is also new – shared with models like the X3, 5 Series and 7 Series – while the car gets a full-colour head-up display and increased cabin storage options compared to its predecessor.
On the topic of storage, the new X4 offers an impressive 525 litres of cargo capacity behind the second row of seats, up 25L on the current car, expanding to 1430L with the rear bench folded – an improvement of 30L over the outgoing model.
This is partly thanks to the X3's growth in just about every exterior dimension – it's 81mm longer, 37mm wider and features a 54mm longer wheelbase than before. BMW attributes extra rear-legroom to the bigger exterior, although the company won't say how much.
Despite its growth, however, the new X4 is up to 50 kilograms lighter than its predecessor thanks to its new CLAR platform shared with the X3, 5 Series and 7 Series. It also sports a slippery drag coefficient of 0.30.
A range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will be available from launch, including two M Performance variants.
Three petrols and four diesels are offered, all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive as standard.
Kicking off the petrol range is the xDrive20i, powered by a 135kW/290Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is completed in a respectable 8.3 seconds, while top speed is rated at 215km/h.
Next is the xDrive30i, employing a higher-output version of the 2.0-litre turbo, developing a meatier 185kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
In the more powerful version, 0-100km/h is completed in a brisker 6.3 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 240km/h.
Headlining the petrol line-up is the M40i, powered by a 3.0-litre turbo inline six. Outputs are rated at 265kW and 500Nm respectively.
In the M Performance petrol, 0-100km/h is dealt with in just 4.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 250km/h.
Meanwhile, the diesel range starts with the xDrive20d, featuring a 2.0-litre oiler putting out 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque.
BMW claims a 0-100km/h dash in 8.0 seconds, on its way to a 213km/h top speed.
Next is the xDrive25d, powered by a higher-output 170kW/500Nm of the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. The xDrive25i manages the 0-100km/h benchmark in 6.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 230km/h.
The six-cylinder xDrive30d gets a 195kW/620Nm 3.0-litre turbo diesel, claiming a 5.8-second sprint from 0-100km/h, on its way to a top speed of 240km/h.
Finally, the new M40d flagship (pictured) gets an uprated version of the 3.0-litre oiler, with outputs rated at 240kW and 680Nm respectively.
Despite the meatier torque output, the M40d is marginally slower than the M40i – 0-100km/h takes a claimed 4.9 seconds, while top speed is rated at 250km/h.
The M40i and xDrive30d are earmarked as late starters, however, with international production not available until August – so expect a staggered launch much like the M40i variant of the X3.
Speaking with CarAdvice, BMW's local division confirmed it is expecting the new X4 during the third quarter of 2018. However, details like model variants, pricing and specifications are still being decided.
Stay tuned for all the latest updates, likely to come at the Geneva motor show next month.
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