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BMW X4 Arrives Bigger Yet Lighter And Sleeker Than Before

2019 BMW X4 Revealed The second generation BMW X4 debuts today as the BMW X4 M40i and the BMW X4 xDrive30i
Troy Mann | 14 February, 2018, 19:46

In the U.S., there will only be two at launch, the BMW X4 xDrive30i and the BMW X4 M40i. Wheel sizes range from 19-21 inches. Naturally, the six-cylinder x30d is the quicker of the diesels, with a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds, but the x20d (which can hit 62mph in 8.0 seconds) is more economical, with claimed economy of up to 52.3mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions as low as 142g/km.

BMW has taken wraps off its reworked X4 SUV, a auto that essentially offers a medium-sized version of the company's popular X6.

"With its trademark free-revving performance, maximum output of 355 hp and peak torque of 365 lb-ft, the power unit in the all-new BMW X4 M40i enables it to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds", the company boasts.

All engines come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive as standard. Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, top speed 250 km/h. It accelerates to 62MPH in eight seconds and returns an average consumption of 52.3mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions of 142g/km.

The X4 seats three in the rear with full-size seats, with a claimed 27mm extra legroom over the previous model.

A range of other engine options are being offered, spanning from a 135kW xDrive20i, a 185kW 30i, to a 140kW 20d, and 170kW 25d.

There will be a few models available at launch, with the usual suspects of powertrain options as well as a new one.

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Due in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 is the 2993cc turbodiesel six xDrive30d, tuned for 195kW at 4000 revs and 620Nm from 2000-2500rpm, which will launch it to 100km/h in a claimed 5.8 seconds and on to 240km/h, while burning an NEDC-rated 6.2 litres per 100km. This can be expanded to a maximum of 1430 litres by folding down the sections of the rear backrest, with its standard 40/20/40 split. The 2019 BMW X4 reaches United States dealers in July, priced from $50,450 for the four-cylinder model, and $60,450 for the M40i.

All X4 models come as standard with a good range of active safety kit.

The X4 also has the latest in connectivity, thanks to BMW's ConnectedDrive services.

This allows you to plan your route at home before syncing it to the car's in-built system.

In terms of tech that won't likely save your life, BMW's new crossover features a wide, 10.25-inch center display with the latest iteration of iDrive, as well as the ability to take voice and gesture commands. The Driving Assistant Plus Package highlights include active lane keep assist with side collision avoidance, traffic jam assist and evasion aid and front and rear cross traffic alert.

BMW is promising better comfort and luxury, compared to the old X4, with acoustic glass to reduce road noise and leather trim fitted as standard.

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