X3, but with refined driving dynamics to place it “on another level”.
Set to become BMW’s
fifth dedicated SUV model, the five-seat X4 was first previewed in
concept car form at last year’s Shanghai motor show. The junior sibling
to the strong-selling X6 is planned to go on sale in the UK in July.
launch, the new X4 will be available in diesel form only with prices
starting from £36,590 for the xDrive20d SE, rising to £44,890 for the
xDrive30d xLine and on to £48,990 for the range-topping xDrive35d in M
Buoyed by the success of the X6,
BMW is looking towards the smaller and more affordable X4 to appeal to
an increasing number of buyers seeking the sporting traits of a
traditional performance estate together with the everyday versatility of
a high-riding SUV.
Key among the rivals for the new BMW is the recently introduced Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque
– the former of which has generated a remarkable 50,000 sales
worldwide, a total corresponding to its planned first year of
production, before even reaching showrooms.
As hinted to by the earlier Concept X4,
the appearance of BMW’s latest SUV has been heavily influenced by that
of the X6. The two share the same basic silhouette and five-door
liftback layout, although their respective mechanical packages differ.
The X4 shares its underpinnings with the X3, while the X6, which is due
to be replaced by a new second-generation model later this year, is
based on the X5.
Styled under Karim Habib, head of BMW brand
design, the X4 also shares various front-end styling elements with the
recently facelifted X3, including the shape of its LED headlamps.
a deeper and more heavily structured bumper, boasting larger cooling
ducts along with a new kidney grille and a more contoured bonnet serve
to give it a more instantly aggressive air.
Thanks to: Autocar