New BMW X4 has exterior changes and is lighter than the global predecessor; will likely enter local assembly in India in 2019
BMW revealed the second generation X4 SUV in mid-February and is slotted between the X3 and the X5. Having made its European debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it will likely be one of the key launches from the German brand in India next year and is expected to follow the lines of new X3. This will be the first time the X4 will be introduced locally and is already on sale in international markets since 2014.
The most distinguishing styling bit it has over its recognisable SUVs cousins is the coupe-ish roofline as it adds a sporty design factor. BMW has digitally taken the wraps off its new SUV – the second-generation X4. The new model is positioned between the X3 and X5 SUVs and sports a coupé-like roofline.
The 2018 BMW X4 shares several of its components with the X3 and has had many mechanical changes in a bid to improve the ride and handling in its latest avatar.
Claimed to have 50:50 weight distribution, it features dimensional alternations as well. It is built on the same CLAR architecture which helps in saving 50 kilograms. Compared to the international predecessor, the latest X4 is 81 mm longer, 37 mm wider and has wheelbase increased by 54 mm.
In foreign markets, the X4 comes powered by a number of petrol and Diesel engine choices including a 2.0-litre petrol making 184 hp or 252 hp; a 2.0-litre diesel unit producing 190 hp or 231 hp tunes and bigger 3.0-litre petrol and diesel mills producing 360 hp and 326 hp respectively.
The likelihood of the new X4 using the engine lineup of X3 is high. With the top-spec six-pot diesel generating 265 horsepower, the base petrol makes 252 hp and the desirable 2.0-litre diesel engine pumps out 190 hp. Transmission duties will be done by eight-speed automatic unit sending power to all four wheels.