BMW has revealed the all-new X4 “Sports Activity Coupe” ahead of its debut at Geneva next month.
Not long after we discovered the current X4 is being discontinued after only being in production for four years, BMW has lifted the wraps off the all-new second-generation version of the coupe-style crossover, a segment BMW practically pioneered with the launch of the X6 way back in 2007. At first glance, not much appears to have changed as BMW's stylish SUV looks nearly identical to its predecessor, retaining the previous model's sleek and swooping design. However, the all-new X4 is larger, lighter, and loaded with more tech than before.
For the second-generation model, BMW's "Sports Activity Coupe" has had a growth spurt, measuring 76.2 millimeters longer and 35.6 mm wider than the last model, while also riding on a 53.3 mm longer wheelbase. It's also around 2.5 mm lower, while rear passengers benefit from an extra 25.4 mm of legroom. It may be larger, but the new X4 is much lighter than the last model, as BMW has managed to trim 110 pounds of fat off the curb weight thanks to increased use of aluminium in the car's construction, resulting in a lower center of gravity that enhances the coupe SUV's cornering abilities. It also has a 50:50 weight distribution to optimize the handling. Aerodynamic drag has been reduced by around 10 percent.
It's more generously equipped than the last model, too. As standard, the all-new X4 includes LED headlights and a raft of safety assists including front collision warning, city collision mitigation and braking, and pedestrian detection. Every model features a high resolution 10.25-inch infotainment display with touchscreen navigation. Buyers wanting to add more luxury can choose from electrically adjustable and heated seats, active seat ventilation and three-zone climate control, and a larger panoramic glass roof available as optional extras. BMW also offers additional xLine, M Sport X and M Sport model variants allowing buyers to tailor the appearance of the new X4.
BMW Individual also offers further personalization options. Wheel sizes range from 19-21 inches. In the US, the new X4 is available in two flavors. The xDrive30i packs a 2.0-liter turbo four that produces 252 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, allowing the coupe crossover to do 0-62 time in 6.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 149 mph. If you want more performance, the range-topping M40i performance model packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 360 hp and 369 lb-ft, resulting in a brisker 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds and a 155-mph top speed. It also comes with additional performance upgrades like bigger brakes and adaptive dampers for the suspension.
All engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive as standard. Prices for the xDrive30i start at $50,450 plus a destination charge, while the M40i starts at $60,450. No word yet when the new BMW X4 goes on sale, but the coupe crossover will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month