The second-generation BMW X4 SUV-coupe has been revealed and the firm is all ready for early adopters with ordering opening at UK dealers from 15 February 2018. Prices for the new 2018 X4 start from £42,900.
Again derived from the BMW X3, which impressed us during our first drive last year (and has since become a 2018 World Car of the Year Awards finalist), the new X4 aims to build upon the reasonable success of the 2014 original: 200,000 of them were sold.
Admittedly, that’s not a patch on the 100k-a-year sales of its key rival, the Range Rover Evoque, but BMW will still be hoping this new one can make inroads on the ageing Evoque. Other rivals include the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and Porsche Macan.
Longer, wider and a little lower than its predecessor, the new 2018 X4 pumps up the coupe-SUV style, with beefier wheelarches and a more distinctive roofline. 3D-look L-shaped LED rear lights have been positioned far outboard and dual exhausts further enhanced the X4’s width: all models get twin tailpipes, meaning entry-level diesel buyers won’t feel shamed by a low-rent look.
The £42,900 machine is the X4 20d with xDrive all-wheel drive running gear and an eight-speed auto standard on all models. It produces 190hp for 0-62mph in 8.0 seconds, and averages 52.3mpg. CO2 emissions are 142g/km.
Sitting above it in the launch range is the hot new X4 M40d, a performance six-cylinder diesel with 326hp that serves up 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds. It costs £55,315, averages 44.1mpg and emits 170g/km CO2.
Later there will be a 265hp X4 30d, and a punchy 360hp petrol M40i that does 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and, like the M40d, tops out at 155mph. BMW has yet to announce prices of these two upcoming variants.
There’ll also be two sporty-look variants sitting above the base Sport variant. The M Sport and M Sport X both gear 19-inch alloys and sporty bodykits – it’s a performance-look one on the M Sport and more off-road-influenced on the M Sport X. For those who think even 19-inch wheels are weedy, BMW will sell up to 21-inch rims.
Inside, BMW’s upped the quality, giving the new X4 the same sort of finish latest 5 Series buyers enjoy. Sat nav is standard on all models, as is Vernasca leather which is offered in black with red contrast stitching, or a punchier Tacora Red colour. A panoramic glass roof is offered too.
There’s more space in the back of the new X4, with three full-size seats despite the coupe-like roofline (and 27mm more legroom), and the boot is up to 525 litres. Despite this, overall weight is down, by up to 50kg, and BMW’s claiming a “significantly lower centre of gravity than the new X3”. It’s 10 percent slipperier through the air as well.
BMW fits M Sport suspension and variable sport steering as standard on all X4, with M Sport brakes and Adaptive Suspension as options (M40i and M40d versions get an M Sport differential and M sports exhaust). Despite this, it has 204mm ground clearance and can ford off-road through half a metre of water.
The new X4 will form part of BMW’s 2018 Geneva Motor Show extravaganza, ahead of deliveries beginning later in the summer. Will it be yet another model to eat into the Range Rover Evoque’s slowing sales curve?