Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Bound 2018 BMW X4 revealed

Bound 2018 BMW X4 revealed

The all-new BMW X4 (fuel consumption combined: 9.0 - 5.4 l/100 km; Carbon dioxide emissions combined: 209 - 142 g/km) makes its mark by delivering individuality, dynamism and innovation in far greater doses. The new models will be available at dealers in July-if you are thinking about trading in your Z4, drop us a line.

And it's bigger and better than the outgoing model which has sold 200,000 around the world since 2014.

Speaking with CarAdvice, BMW's local division confirmed it is expecting the new X4 during the third quarter of 2018. The coupé-like SUV shares a lot in terms of powertrain, chassis and equipment with the X3 SUV.

The second-generation X4 is expected to be launched later in the year, subsequent to its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The German manufacturer claims that the SUV has taken a rather large step forward in the areas of handling and driving dynamics, as compared to its predecessor.

The most powerful variant will be the X4 M40i, featuring the same 3-litre turbocharged straight-six as in the X3 M40i with 354bhp on tap. We expect USA specs to come soon, so stay tuned for more. There is no word on if and when the petrol models will arrive.

All engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive as standard. High-powered models will also get a Sport+ mode that will provide sharper gear changes and better high-speed traction from the four-wheel drive system. The new X4 is 3-inches longer with a 2.1-inch wider wheelbase along with an extra 1.4-inches of width and 0.1-inch drop in height. Short overhangs and subtle hexagonal wheel arches contribute to the vehicle's athletic look that emphasizes its 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution. Paddle shifters are standard for higher-spec trims. That equates to more space inside, particularly for rear passengers, while the boot has also grown to 525 litres, meaning it should be practical enough for most families. BMW adds a sharper Sport+ mode to the six-cylinder models. The M Sport suspension and speed-sensitive electro-mechanical Servotronic steering are standard while it gives a choice between 19-inch and 20-inch wheels on offer. With around 450hp, the X4 M would go in direct contention with the GLC63 and Macan Turbo Performance Package.

In terms of tech that won't likely save your life, BMW's new crossover features a wide, 10.25-inch center display with the latest iteration of iDrive, as well as the ability to take voice and gesture commands.

When can I buy a BMW X4? If the range-topping 360hp petrol version also comes to India in the form of the X4 M 40i, this model will rival the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe, which was launched at Rs 74.8 lakh (ex-showroom, India).

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