BMW's redesigned X4 adds new engines, more power for 2019


Prices have yet to be announced for the new BMW X4, but it's likely to cost about the same as the outgoing model. BMW says that the 2019 X4 is the second gen Sports Activity Coupe (but we know an SUV when we see it). In the United States, the new X4 is available in two flavors.

To date, BMW has sold over 200,000 X4s around the world, including almost 20,000 in the US. Only the xDrive20i, xDrive20d, xDrive30i, xDrive30d (last quarter of 2018) and M40i will be available. The coupé-like SUV shares a lot in terms of powertrain, chassis and equipment with the X3 SUV. The redesigned X4 will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in early March.

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).

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Three diesels and one petrol make up the range. There is no word on if and when the petrol models will arrive.

Three petrols and four diesels are offered, all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive 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 sporty crossover is 3 inches longer with an additional 2.1 inches on the wheelbase. It also has a 50:50 weight distribution to optimize the handling. Paddle shifters are standard for higher-spec trims. 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. Buyers will be able to select between various trimming colours and options, with the M Performance models getting sports seats and M highlights.

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Drivers can choose between xLine, M Sport X and M Sport variants, but no matter which version you go for you'll get 18in alloy wheels as standard (although sizes of up to 21in are available).

While the X4 is primarily a road-going model, the German brand says it could handle mild off-roading scenarios, thanks to a ground clearance of 204mm and a fording depth of 500mm, together with break-over, approach and departure angles of 19.4 degrees, 25.7 degrees and 22.6 degrees, respectively.

The new X4 includes BMW's latest infotainment hardware and software, which includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen.

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However, BMW has made a decision to forward the second-generation X4 quite prematurely probably due to the state of the competition. 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).