BMW X4 arrives in July, priced from $50450

2018 BMW X4

BMW X4 arrives in July, priced from $50450

Based on the "G01' X3, the new X4 follows the same basic recipe as the original, sitting neatly between the X2 and X6 in the firm's coupe SUV line-up". The X4 has received a more premium feel for the 2019 model year.

The stretched wheelbase translates to a roomier cabin with typically BMW driver-focused flight deck, redesigned sports seats with deeper side bolsters and new knee pads in the sides of the centre console, as well as full seating for three in the back with 27mm more legroom than before.

BMW say this X4 will be better to drive than the current generation, with its lower weight, improved aerodynamics and rear-wheel bias. (Height remains about the same at 0.1 inches lower.) That hasn't stopped the engineers from trimming as much as 110 pounds off the curb weight, though, with a lower center of gravity and ideal 50/50 weight distribution for optimal handling.

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All X4s get standard sport seats, with the X4 M40i getting upgraded M-specific chairs. These seats can be split 40:20:40 (using buttons in the boot) as standard; doing so will increase the car's 525-litre boot to 1,430 litres.

This is apparently what a "coupe" looks like in 2018. The dashboard is dominated by a large iDrive infotainment screen, which measures 6.5 inches as standard or 10.25 inches if the optional "Navigation System Professional" is selected.

When can I buy a BMW X4? An available head-up display is now 75 percent larger - the largest available in this class, according to BMW.

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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). A 248-horsepower turbo-4 mated to an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive returns to power the X4 xDrive30i; a free-revving 355-hp turbo-6, 8-speed, and all-wheel drive propel the X4 M40i to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds. BMW says 0-100km/h takes just 4.9 seconds. As before, the X4 combines rakish coupe styling and SUV practicality for a more image-conscious take on on family transport. That is to say, comfy and nicely appointed, just with less space for cargo and backseat passengers. The M Performance package's inline six bumps the numbers up to 355 hp and 365 lb-ft., while cutting launch times down to 4.6 seconds.

All engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive as standard. Adaptive suspension is on the options list, as are more powerful M Sport brakes. The xLine models receive underbody protection created to reduce impact if you venture off road, while M Sport X models get a sporty bodykit with larger air intakes.

The 2019 X4 will hit dealerships in July with a starting price of $51,445 for the xDrive30i and $61,445 for the M40i; all prices include a $995 destination charge.

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