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X4 to carve new niche


WE ARE all familiar with BMW’s X6, the coupé variant of the X5. Now the Bavarians have unveiled a new SUV coupé called the X4. Those who attended the Johannesburg International Motor Show last October will remember the Concept X4 at the BMW stand.

The X4 is based on the same platform as the X3, but from a design perspective is slightly bolder with larger air intakes positioned on the outer edges of the front end. The fog lamps sit below the signature twin headlights. It has a coupé-like roofline that reaches its highest point over the front seats before dropping down towards the trailing edge of the boot lid.

The European market will receive three diesel engines, which may very well be headed for local shores as well. The X4 xDrive20d is powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre diesel engine with an all-aluminium construction. This power unit develops 142kW and 400Nm. It will sprint to 100km/h in eight seconds and consume 5.2 litres/100km while emitting 138g/km CO2 when paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission.

A 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine will power the xDrive30d and xDrive35d models. The former produces 192kW and 560Nm while using 5.9 litres/100km and come standard with the eight-speed Sport automatic transmission that allows for a 0-100km/h dash of 5.8 seconds.

The xDrive35d is the most powerful in the range with a massive 233kW and 630Nm, good for a 0-100km/h time of just 5.2 seconds while consumption remains low at 6.0 litres/100km. All X4 models will come with BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system as standard. 

The interior gets a full-colour head-up display and the latest-generation Professional Multimedia Navigation system with Eco Pro route. Safety can be enhanced by optioning the anti-dazzle.

The BMW X4 will be launched in Europe in July 2014. The local introduction date is still to be confirmed.

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