But is it worth $10k over an X3?
BMW’s local office has announced official details & specifications for the incoming X4 lineup, which is expected to land in the third-quarter of 2018. With a coupe roofline, large nostrils, and the promise of a more dynamic drive, the BMW X4 will arrive in four guises, ranging from a base xDrive20i all the way up to an M40i M-Performance.
Prices are set to begin at $76,900 for the X4 xDrive20i, which uses a 2.0-litre turbo-4 petrol engine with 135kW and 290Nm. Power goes to all-four wheels via an eight-speed auto, which contributes to the 8.3-second century sprint time. For $79,900 you could get the xDrive20d which replaces that petrol mill with a diesel one, with 140kW and 400Nm on tap. This drops the century sprint time to just 8.0-seconds, and it drops fuel consumption to… an unknown level because BMW Australia just told us it’s ‘to be confirmed.’
The 20i and 20d share kit, so both cars carry things like 19-inch M alloy wheels, LED headlights & fog lights, automatic wipers & lights, 3-zone climate control, a heads-up display, electric tailgate, a 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment screen, and digital radio.
Additionally, BMW’s specced the Driving Assistant pack as standard, so buyers will enjoy the reassurance of lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, and Parking Assistant Plus, improved by a 360º camera system. Further, you’ll find sports seats with electric adjustment for the driver, a combination of Vernasca leather & fabric upholstery, and a ‘Shadow Line’ exterior design pack.
Step up to the $83,900 xDrive30i, and there are a host of upgrades. For starters, the 2.0-litre petrol mill up front now produces 185kW and 350Nm, while power gets sent to all-four wheels via an eight-speed ‘sports’ automatic. The X4 xDrive30i can hit 100km/h from rest in just 6.3-seconds, representing a 2-second improvement over the entry-level model. Pretty impressive.
Inside, you’ll get things like full leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, keyless entry & go, and Driving Assistant Plus (which adds adaptive cruise control, forward cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with steering intervention, and side-collision warning). Unique exterior touches include adaptive LED headlights and 20-inch M alloy wheels.
For $109,900 you could take home the flagship of the X4 range, the X4 M40i M Performance. For that price you get an inline-6 mill under the bonnet, with an impressive 265kW and 500Nm on offer. From a standstill you can expect to hit 100km/h in 4.8-seconds, while its top speed is limited to 200km/h.
Mercifully, there’s a lot of standard kit on offer. You’ll find the car riding on 21-inch alloys, with adaptive M-sport suspension hiding behind them. There’s an M-Sport differential to ensure power goes where it’s most effective too. Step inside and you’ll note the ‘Sensatec’ leatherette dash and ‘Poplar Grain’ wood trim, along with heated front seats & a customisable ambient lighting package. If for some reason you don’t want to hear the 6-cylinder mill on song, you can drown it out with the standard 16-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system also.
As with any BMW, there are a myriad of options available to buyers who want to spec-up their cars. It kicks off with the $2200 Innovations package (for 20i and 20d models) that adds keyless entry & go, wireless smartphone charging, adaptive LED headlights with auto high-beam, and a fully-digital instrument cluster.
For $2800 you can add the Comfort package (available on all but the M40i), which throws in ambient interior lighting, front-row lumbar support, a 12-speaker audio system (4-cylinder cars only), heated front seats, and a “choice of woodgrain interior trims.”
But for $8700, you can add the Enhance Package to your xDrive20i or xDrive20d, ‘enhancing’ them with 20-inch alloys, full-leather, keyless entry & go, ‘Galvanic control embellishers’ (we don’t know what that means), M-Sport brakes, adaptive LED headlights, digital instrument cluster, and Driving Assistant Plus.
However, for no extra money at all, you can specify the M-Sport X package to any variant of the X4 for no extra cost. Opting for that adds design details to the grille and side cladding in ‘Frozen grey,’ throws in the M-Sport adaptive suspension, 19- or 20-inch alloys for the 4- and 6-cylinder cars respectively, and upgrades the brakes with M-Sport versions instead.
The BMW X4 is expected to go on sale in the 3rd-quarter of the year, so stay tuned to CarShowroom as we bring you more updates as they come.