Competes with: Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Porsche Macan, Audi SQ5
Looks like: A smaller sized BMW X6
Powertrains: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.-liter 4-cylinder or 300-hp, turbocharged 3.-liter inline-6-cylinder, 8-pace automated transmission and all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014
MSRP: X4 xDrive28i, $ 45,625, including a location charge X4 xDrive35i, $ 48,925
In its in no way-ending quest to create as a lot of different designs on typical platforms as it potentially can, BMW has now announced its newest creation: the X4 Sports Exercise Coupe. Just as the X6 is a low-roofline, butched-up, sporty edition of the X5 SUV, so is the X4 a equivalent relation to the X3 SUV. With the highest point in the roof located above the front seats, the X4 is not meant to be a cargo hauler or an off-roader but more of a type statement like the X6.
Created off the exact same platform as the 3 Series and X3, the X4’;s styling is simply recognizable as BMW. It almost appears as if someone just designed a scaled-down X6, and from photographs alone, you are going to be hard pressed to tell which is which. The all round silhouette is the very same, but styling particulars differ. The X4 features a front finish that resembles the 3 and 4 Series versions, with greater air consumption openings and slightly diverse headlights. Wheel sizes are a choice of 19- or twenty-inch versions, dependent on option packages. The side is more sculpted than in the 3 Series, but the rear end is not terribly different than any of BMW’;s other SUV models. It is basically but one more variant of BMW’;s more and more ubiquitous styling in which almost every single model appears like each other in the lineup. If you like the seem, this generates plenty of wonderful choices.
The interior is nearly identical to the 2015 BMW X3, which is not a bad thing. BMW interiors are fashionable and attribute large-top quality materials. The big distinction from the X3 comes in seating position, rear seat headroom and cargo capability.
The total physique sits 1.5 inches reduced than the X3, and occupants sit lower as well — 0.8 inches up front and one.1 inches in back, which are meant to evoke the concept of riding in a sports activities coupe. Cargo capability is various from the X3 — 17.7 cubic feet behind the second row in the X4, compared to 27.6 cubic feet for the X3. This improves to 49.4 cubic feet in the X4 with the seats folded, but it still falls well under the X3’;s 63.3 cubic feet of complete cargo volume.
All X4 designs get BMW iDrive as well, and when outfitted with the optional navigation technique, it will obtain the new touchpad controller that permits for utilization of a finger to write out text letter by letter. Interior colour selections are quite a few, with 2 optional design packages (M Sport and xLine) that permit for higher customization and shade variation for interior and exterior trim. All X4 models get a standard power tailgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift paddles for the transmission, variable sport steering and rear parking sensors.
Underneath the Hood
The X4 is not about hauling people or cargo it truly is about hauling anything else. This is the sportier sibling to the a lot more utilitarian X3, and it exhibits up in the products record. Standard on the X4 xDrive28i is the 240 horsepower, turbocharged 2.-liter 4-cylinder located across the 3 Series-based lineup. It is mated to a standard 8-pace automated transmission and sends electrical power to all 4 wheels — all-wheel drive is regular. It propels the X4 from zero-to-60-mph in just 6 seconds flat, but if far more power is your point, stage up to the X4 xDrive35i with its 300 hp, turbocharged 3.-liter inline-6 cylinder engine, which will jet the X4 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. The 2 engines function BMW’;s Eco Professional mode that is engaged via the driving dynamics management switch in the cabin. Eco Professional adjustments the engine’;s functionality to favor fuel efficiency above speed and responsiveness. The 2 engines also feature end-begin engineering that shuts down the engine as an alternative of letting it idle when the car is stopped.
The newest security techniques will be offered in the X4, just as in the rest of the X lineup. From lively cruise handle with a quit-and-go automatic braking function to a pedestrian detection system that will also immediately cease the car, the X4 will be sophisticated in its electronic gear.
Automatic parallel parking, blind spot warning, a backup camera, a bird’;s-eye keep track of for seeing objects surrounding the X4 and a lot more will be offered. BMW ConnectedDrive services will be provided, linking the automobile to a monitoring concierge center, and BMW Help eCall and Teleservice are standard with free subscriptions for a decade.
The X4 xDrive28i will commence with a sticker cost of $ 45,625 like a destination charge, even though the a lot more effective X4 xDrive35i will start at $ 48,925. The vehicle is set to make its public debut at the 2014 New York Global Automobile Show in April, with revenue starting quickly soon after.
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