While it does look similar to the X3, you can tell just from looking at it that BMW had the X4 in mind from the beginning of the X3's development. The coupé-like SUV shares a lot in terms of powertrain, chassis and equipment with the X3 SUV. The 2019 X4 is now just over 3-inches longer than its predecessor, while its wheelbase has grown just over 2-inches longer and its now 1.4-inches wider. Rear passengers are treated to an extra inch of legroom compared to the outgoing X4, and with the rear seats folded, there's as much as 50.5 cubic feet of cargo space. 19-inch and 20-inch wheels are on offer, with the latter shod in 245/45 front and 275/40 rear tyres.
BMW will offer two versions of the new X4, including a more powerful M Performance edition. All models have adaptive LED headlights as standard.
Visually, the X4 retains its crossover-coupe shape, with chunky design elements front and rear that aren't too dissimilar from those on the X3.
All X4s get standard sport seats, with the X4 M40i getting upgraded M-specific chairs. 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. As well as using touch, there's a rotary dial on the centre console. Gesture control is also newly available.
The all-new BMW X4
As with most BMW products, the majority of the car's functions are controlled by the iDrive infotainment system, which features sophisticated connectivity as standard using BMW's impressive extended range of BMW Connected and ConnectedDrive features.
There's a wide array of available powertrains - three petrol and three diesel units, with power outputs between 135 kW/184 hp and 265 kW/360 hp (fuel consumption combined: 9.0 - 5.4 l/100 km [31.4 - 52.3 mpg imp]; Carbon dioxide emissions combined: 209 - 142 g/km). Most of the exciting changes to the X4 happen on the inside, where it takes a big leap forward in technology. These improvements ought to help it sell even more. For reference, that's faster than most versions of the Porsche 718 Cayman. All engines will be mated to a standard eight-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels via BMW's xDrive system.
This latest generation of the system adds less weight, while its internal efficiency has been increased while the intelligent all-wheel drive systtem also splits drive power to maximise sporting performance with the rear-biased set-up producing a highly rewarding driving experience, especially when powering through corners. If you do wish to venture off road, then the new X4 can tackle steeper hills and ford deeper rivers than before. Optional safety features include active cruise control, which can bring the auto to a stop and pull away again in traffic, along with traffic-sign recognition and lane-departure warning systems.More news: Tiger Woods talks return to Genesis Open: 'It's winning time'
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