BMW X4 reinvented to take on Evoque

 

The second-generation BMW X4 will debut at the Geneva show in March – just four years after the original went on sale.

The launch of a new version of the X3 has provided BMW with the opportunity to reinvent its coupé SUV – what the brand calls a ‘Sports Activity Coupé’. The X3 and X4 are built together at the brand’s SUV plant in Spartanburg, USA.

Dealers are already opening order books for the new car, at prices starting from £42,900, and hope it will take sales from a growing number of rivals including the Porsche Macan, Mercedes-Benz GLC and particularly the Range Rover Evoque.

The Mk2 X4 promises a better on-road performance, thanks to an extensively upgraded and lighter all-wheel-drive chassis. This has been made possible by using BMW’s latest platform, also employed under the X3.

It is a larger car than its predecessor – 8cm longer, 3cm wider and with the wheelbase stretched by 5cm. It is also lower, but only by 3mm, but with the swept-back body design emphasising the car’s coupé pretentions. BMW adds that the X4 boasts a perfect 50:50 weight distribution for handling prowess.

Initially, the X4 will be offered with four engine options, including two new M Performance models. These will be combined with bolder body styling to present a more performance-pitched image.

Three of the engines are diesels – 190hp 20d, 265hp 30d and the M40d with 326hp. The currently sole petrol option is also the most powerful, the M40i with 360hp and a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds.However, two more mainstream units are expected to join the range with 186 and 255hp respectively.

BMW has also gone to the X3 for the X4’s interior, the two being virtually identical. Redesigned sports seats offer a slightly higher driving position as part of a bid to take the car upmarket. The new X4 is being pitched as a more premium car, the starting price increased by some £4,000- over the outgoing model.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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