BMW X4 Expands With More Interior Space, Tech

BMW slightly revised the exterior of the X4 and stretched the dimensions, similar to the X3 that was new for past year.

Apple and Android phones are fully supported, as are their respective smart watches, along with Amazon Alexa and Google Home personal assistants; BMW suggests that a route could be planned via any of these methods before being transferred to your vehicle, based on calendar entries and other information.

The new X4 is almost three inches longer, more than an inch wider, and narrowly lower than the previous X4. Short overhangs and subtle hexagonal wheel arches contribute to the vehicle's athletic look that emphasizes its 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution.

A NEW BMW X4 has been launched with prices starting at £43,000 for the sporty SUV. The new X4 is being pitched as a more premium auto the starting price increased by some £4,000-plus over the outgoing vehicle. United States buyers will choose between two models: The xDrive30i packs a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 252 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque to deliver a 0-62 time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 149 miles per hour.

The turbodiesel M40d won't be a slouch, either, covering the same acceleration run in 4.9 seconds - just 0.1 second slower than the petrol-powered version. That equates to more space inside, particularly for rear passengers, while the boot has also grown to 525 litres, meaning it should be practical enough for most families. Luxury has also gone up a notch - a panoramic moonroof and three-zone climate control are also standard, along with touches such as Dark Oak wood trim and pearl-finish chrome, or sports seats for the M Performance trim. BMW says 0-100km/h takes just 4.9 seconds.

BMW has gone heavy on driver assistance systems, too, with active cruise control, lane assist, crossing traffic warnings and parking help.

A range of other engine options are being offered, spanning from a 135kW xDrive20i, a 185kW 30i, to a 140kW 20d, and 170kW 25d.

The new X4 includes BMW's latest infotainment hardware and software, which includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen. It will take the X4 xDrive 30i six seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. The new X4 also features standard navigation and the newest iDrive system, which includes improved voice recognition.

BMW will offer two versions of the new X4, including a more powerful M Performance edition. The M40i also comes standard with M Sport brakes, an adaptive suspension, a rear-biased torque split and a sport exhaust.

All X4 models come as standard with a good range of active safety kit.

All of the powertrains use all-wheel drive (eschewing the trend of front- or rear-wheel-drive entry models), and all of them use eight-speed automatic transmissions.

BMW has revealed the new X4 will be priced from £42,900 and is available to order from February 15.

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