Whether or not you agree with BMW’s “sports activities exercise coupe” nomenclature, the reality is, weirdo swoopy crossovers are a success across the globe. BMW launched the X3-based X4 a pair years in the past to go with the bigger X6, and the smaller X2 hits the highway later this yr. Makes sense, then, that following the X3’s updo for 2018, the X4 is receiving an identical freshening for the 2019 mannequin yr.
Visually, the X4 retains its crossover-coupe form, with chunky design parts entrance and rear that are not too dissimilar from these on the X3. The new X4 is three inches longer than earlier than, with 2.1 inches added within the wheelbase. BMW says the brand new X4’s entrance and rear tracks are each wider, and the aerodynamics have been improved, leading to a really slippery drag coefficient of Zero.30. The X4’s all-important 50:50 weight distribution stays intact.
All X4s get customary sport seats, with the X4 M40i getting upgraded M-specific chairs. Rear passengers are handled to an additional inch of legroom in comparison with the outgoing X4, and with the rear seats folded, there’s as a lot as 50.5 cubic ft of cargo area.
Instrument panel and middle stack designs are harking back to what’s discovered within the X3, as is the 10.25-inch infotainment show, housing BMW’s newest model of its iDrive system. BMW says iDrive now comes with improved voice recognition; simply say “I am hungry” and an inventory of close by eating places pops up. The X4 additionally will get BMW’s nifty — although, so far as I am involved, pointless — gesture controls that assist you to modify audio quantity and settle for or reject cellphone calls with a swipe of your hand. Also on the tech entrance, the X4’s head-up show is 75 % bigger than the outgoing unit, and there is an non-compulsory totally digital instrument cluster.
Two powertrains will likely be supplied within the US. On the bottom finish, there’s the X4 xDrive30i, with a 2.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automated transmission. As the title suggests, all-wheel drive is customary, and BMW says the 30i’ll speed up to 60 miles per hour in a good 6 seconds.
If that is not sufficient, there’s the X4 M40i, which makes use of a turbocharged three.Zero-liter inline-six good for 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automated and all-wheel drive are additionally a part of the M40i package deal, and the extra highly effective engine ends in a faster Zero-60 time of four.6 seconds. The M40i additionally comes customary with M Sport brakes, an adaptive suspension, a rear-biased torque cut up and a sport exhaust. You’ll additionally have the ability to inform the M40i aside because of bigger air intakes and black chrome exterior parts.
Look for the brand new X4 to hit US showrooms this summer time, priced from $50,450 for the xDrive30i. If you need the M40i, that’ll be an additional $10,000. And remember, you may get an X3 with the identical choices and efficiency specs — and a extra usable cargo maintain — for about $eight,000 much less.