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The new BMW X4 blends traditional SUV with the elegance of a coupe

March 13, 2014

BMW’s builds on its very successful X family by introducing the unique Sports Activity Coupe concept to the premium mid-size segment in the form of the all new BMW X4. The car blends the trademark features of the other X series vehicles with the sporting elegance of a classical coupe. Its dynamic pedigree is underlined by a wide range of cutting-edge high-performance engines, the xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an exclusive spread of standard equipment features such as variable sport steering, Performance Control and a sports leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.

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The new BMW X4 with M Sport package – Melbourne Red metallic (Side front 1)

Dynamic Design

Although the new BMW X4 is based on the technical outline of the BMW X3, it displays a more sporty character very much its own and takes dynamics to another new level. Typical to a classical sporting coupe, the roofline of the X4 reaches its highest point above the driver and then swoops down smoothly to the trailing edge of the tailgate. The driver and front passenger sit 20 millimetres lower than in the BMW X3.

The large air intakes positioned on the outer edges of the front end and the character lines in the front apron allow the BMW X4 – with its signature BMW twin headlights and front fog lamps (both optionally with LED technology) – to maximise its visual presence on the road. The signature swage line running along the flanks of BMW models is split into two on the X4. The rear end, complete with L-shaped LED lights in exclusive X4 design and diffuser-look styling, likewise highlights the outstanding dynamic ability of the new BMW X4.

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The new BMW X4 with M Sport package – Melbourne Red metallic (Side front 2)

Powerful, refined engines

In keeping with the vivacious character of the new BMW X4, customers will be able to choose from three petrol engines and a trio of diesel units from the BMW Efficient Dynamics engine family, whose output ranges from 135 kW to 230 kW. All the engines meet the EU6 exhaust gas standard.

The flagship petrol unit in the BMW X4 xDrive35i features CO2 emissions combined at 193 g/km whilst developing an outstanding 225 kW and peak torque of 400 Nm. According to BMW, the X4 xDrive35i requires just 5.5 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h. Equally impressive is the BMW X4 xDrive35d with a combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.0 l/100 km and CO2 emissions combined of 157 g/km while at the same time being able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.

The new-generation 2.0-litre diesel engine in the BMW X4 xDrive20d with combined fuel consumption of 5.4 l/100 km and has CO2 emissions of 141–131 g/km. Its four-cylinder unit produces 140 kW and peak torque of 400 Nm.

Advanced Economy features

The unparalleled BMW EfficientDynamics technology package also minimises the fuel consumption and emissions of the new BMW X4. Included are features such as the Auto Start Stop function and coasting function (if an eight-speed automatic gearbox is fitted), Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units, ensuring an admirable degree of environmental compatibility to go with maximum driving pleasure.

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The new BMW X4 with M Sport package – Melbourne Red metallic (Side Rear)

Safety & Assistance

The BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the new X4 allow BMW to restate once again its leadership in the link-up of driver, vehicle and outside world. Among the highlights in the new BMW X4 are the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, and Driving Assistant Plus including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, preventive pedestrian protection and a Collision Warning system, which applies the brakes with anything up to maximum stopping power as required.

Note: Featured pictures may not accurately depict the final South African version of the car. Final specifications, engines and trim levels of SA version not available at time of publication.

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