BMW’s first Sports Activity Coupé: the X4

The new BMW X4 represents the Munich-based marque’s first Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) for the premium mid-size segment. Visually combining the character of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) with the sporting proportions of a Coupé, the X4 creates an unmistakable presence on the road.

Based on the similar platform as the X3, the X4 measures 4,671 millimeters in length (14 mm longer than the X3) and 1,624mm in height (36 mm lower). At a glance, the large air intakes positioned on the outer edges of the front end and the character lines in the front apron lend the X4 a more muscular and agile appearance. This lowers the car’s visual center of gravity, signalling its sharper dynamics. The effect is further enhanced by the fog lamps sited below the signature twin headlights.

BMW’s entry into an entirely new segment:  the Sports Activity Coupe

The coupé-like roofline reaches its highest point over the front seats, reflecting the traditional driver focus of BMW cars, before dropping gently down towards the trailing edge of the boot lid. The other major highlight of the X4 includes the two part shoulder lines; the first section rises smoothly from the front wheel arches to the rear door handles, while the second part accentuates the powerful sculpting of the rear wings. Additionally, the contoured C-pillars, muscular shoulders and the broad and low-set rear end, hints at the performance aspects of this SAC.

Interior-wise, the new BMW X4 reveals a harmonious synthesis of sportiness and exclusivity. The driver focused cabin uses premium materials including subtle electroplated accents, a high-gloss black-panel look and aluminium trim strips in the wood panelling to create a luxurious ambiance.

The driver and front passenger sit 20mm lower and the rear passengers 28mm lower than in a X3, with a reinforced rear bench seat backed by moulded side support for the two individual seats. Boot space takes up between 500 and 1,400 liters, thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats.

X4 offers a level of standard equipment well above that found on the X3. As standard it comes with an automatically opening tailgate, Variable Sport Steering, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, front and rear Park Distance Control, Performance Control and Xenon headlights. Inside the BMW X4; a Sport leather steering wheel, Heated front seats, Professional Multimedia Navigation system that works with the iDrive Touch controller and BMW Business Media package; are all standard. Optional items include full color HUD (Head-up Display), anti-dazzle High-beam Assistant, Driving Assistant Plus, and the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Lane Departure Warning. On the optional BMW ConnectedDrive services, users are able to access pre-loaded AUPEO! and Deezer apps, as well as a wave of online entertainment and mobility services. To customize the X4 further, XLine and M Sport trims are readily available.

There are three diesel engines choices for the X4, comprising the xDrive20d (2.0-liter) up to the top flight xDrive35d (3.0l). The engine range pushes 190hp and up to 313hp, while torque figures run from 400Nm to 630 Nm. Intelligent XDrive all-wheel drive system is incorporated to ensure that the drive is split between the rear wheels continuously and as required, which further improves traction, turn-in and directional stability. Working in tandem with the standard Variable Sport Steering, these systems allow the BMW X4 to deliver driving dynamics that surpass even those of the BMW X3 in terms of sportiness. Another innovative feature is the xDrive status display which uses 3-D graphics to keep the driver informed of the car’s body roll and pitch.

BMW X4 SAC images

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