BMW unveils sleeker X4 ahead of Geneva debut

15 February, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Andrea Terry
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More importantly, the new BMW X4 adds more than two inches between its wheels, which should make it more comfortable for rear passengers. The xDrive30d (due to join the range in August 2018) has 261bhp, which is enough for a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds; the sporty M40d benefits from 322bhp and brings the 62mph sprint down to 4.9 seconds.

While not likely to see much serious off-road use, BMW says the 2019 X4 is not just a soft-roader. The redesigned X4 will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in early March.

The Blue Propeller Boykies say they've made it longer (81mm overall on a 54mm longer wheelbase), sleeker (37mm wider and 3mm lower) and sportier, reducing its weight by 50kg and its drag coefficient to 0.30.

Along with some minor restyling of the doors and new "subtly hexagonal" wheelarches has come a very different rear end. With its extrovert design, versatile driving properties and dynamic character, the first ever mid-range Sports Activity Coupé in the premium segment has built up an impressive fan community within just a little over four years.

Customers can choose from Sport, M Sport or M Sport X models and a single petrol or three diesel engines. It's 1.4 inches wider, at 75 inches, but it's also a modest 0.1 inches lower, at 63.8 inches.

Inside, meanwhile, it's very much a carbon copy of the X3.

2019 BMW X4 gets official rocking improved aero and improved suspension

The two trims are also broken up by their powertrains.

Diesels are likely to be the most popular X4 models in the United Kingdom and there's no shortage of choice. There's a bunch of interior options, too, including active ventilation, three-zone climate control (complete with a choice of eight scents) and a large two-piece glass roof.

BMW also offers its "Parking Assistant Plus" pack on the X4, which includes a panoramic parking camera system with top-down and 3D views, as well as helping the you select and park in both parallel spots and bays. A large, free-standing 10.25-inch infotainment screen is standard and dominates the center stack.

It can work with iPhones, Apple Watches, Android smartphones, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. You can then complete full door-to-door guidance by transferring back to your device after you've parked. If you get a sense of déjà vu, no surprise, considering the 2019 X4 shares most of its underpinnings with the latest BMW X3. There's 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, which expands to 50.5 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat down.

The performance model, known as M, comes with a 6-cylinder engine. That range does include petrol engines, but despite the current anti-diesel sentiments in the United Kingdom, they won't initially come here, if at all.


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