Soon after BMW announced the concept to expand its crossover range, more original models expected than the all-wheel-drive station wagon variants, the first such innovation was the X6, with its sports coupé design. Naturally, the same should have happened in the compact class. The official premiere of the new coupe-like crossover BMW X4, similar to a more miniature copy of the X6 and built based on the compact SUV BMW X3, took place at, Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. However, the external resemblance to the versions of the BMW Gran Turismo coupe, the character and appearance of the X4 (as well as in the X6) embodies all the attributes of a genuine sports SUV: robust bumpers and a radiator grille, high ground clearance, inaccessible to an ordinary coupe, an all-wheel-drive system that allows you to move cross country. Besides, the X4 equipped as standard with a traction vector control system that regulates the torque between the wheels of both axles, adaptive steering and other options that, for example, in the X3, are available only an additional cost.
The standard equipment of the BMW X4 includes the following options: 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights with high-pressure washers, fog lights, sports leather steering wheel, front and rear centre armrests, climate control, heated front seats, radio and CD / MP3 turntable with 6.5-inch LCD and six speakers. From the functional features: automatic drive of the boot lid, the system of folding rear seats in a ratio of 40:20:40, the volume of the luggage compartment while changing from 500 to 1400 litres. The standard equipment also includes parking sensors, Auto Start / Stop function, brake energy recovery, ECO PRO mode, variable power steering. The provided design lines xLine and M Sport package expand the possibilities for individual choice. Optional power sunroof, 8.8-inch navigation system, iDrive controller, Harman Kardon Surround Sound system with 600W digital amplifier and 16 speakers.
The BMW X4 engine range uses the BMW X3 petrol and diesel powertrains with four or six cylinders. The entry-level is the xDrive28i and xDrive20d modifications. In the first case, a TwinPowerTurbo 4-cylinder petrol engine with 245 hp offered. And a torque of 350 Nm provides acceleration to 100 km / h in 6.4 seconds and fuel consumption of 6.2-9.1 litres, depending on the driving mode. In the second-in-line, 6-cylinder turbodiesel with a capacity of 190 hp. and a torque of 400 Nm, with which fuel consumption will be 5.1-5.8 litres. Two more three-litre diesel offer significantly more power – 249 (xDrive30d) and 313 (xDrive35d) horsepower. With the latest unit combining the newest generation of CommonRail direct injection and two-stage turbocharging with variable turbine geometry, acceleration to 100 km / h will take just 5.2 seconds. The petrol version xDrive35i will be a little more modest – 306 hp. and 5.5 seconds of acceleration from 0-100 km / h.
The high driving dynamics of the BMW X4 combined with an excellent chassis. The standard switch for driving modes allows you to change settings on the fly – for example, in sport mode, the engine will react more actively to pressing the gas pedal, the steering becomes sharper, and the “automatic” shifts up a gear a little later, allowing for increased dynamics. A suspension with variable shock absorbers is available as an option, allowing you to choose between more comfortable or sportier modes.
Speaking of safety, it should be noted that the BMW X4 is equipped with the latest technology with various systems and means that ensure the protection of the driver and passengers, especially in the highest trim levels, where there are different driver “assistants”, such as active cruise control with Stop & Go, collision warning systems, review cameras. Mandatory equipment includes a set of six airbags, including front, side and curtain airbags. A head-up display located in the driver’s field of vision will help reduce distractions. Automatic High Beam Assist (in conjunction with adaptive headlights) provides excellent visibility in the dark without dazzling other drivers.
Of course, in terms of practicality (not taking into account the price), the BMW X4 loses a little to its closest “relative” X3 – for example, the sloping roof has reduced the good internal volume, and the landing, for the sake of more incredible sportiness, is slightly lower in the X4 – the seat installation line 20mm more down at the front and 23mm at the rear. On the other hand, the X4 offers a more luxurious design and equipment level where even an electric tailgate is standard. So with the advent of another off-road coupe, the Bavarian concern strengthened its position among those sweat.
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