BMW Gives Up Some X4 Details Prior to Its New York Debut
Aside from some pictures, we previously didn’t know very much about BMW’s forthcoming X4, a model meant to fill in below the X3 and kind of above the X3, though the genre lines are a bit blurry, to put it mildly. Essentially, the X4 is to the X3 as the X6 is to the X5 — it sounds confusing, but ultimately makes sense.
The X6 retains many similar features as the X5, BMW’s full-size SUV. Up front, the facias, headlamps, and styling cues are largely the same. The biggest difference is the X6′s raked rear quarters and roofline, which was meant to blend the sportiness of a coupe with the practical nature of an SUV. This segment of vehicles has arguably long failed to accomplish that, but that hasn’t stopped BMW from trying.
The X4, then, is essentially the same concept, only using the X3 as its foundation. It retains a similar front fascia and a similar footprint, but like the X6, sports the same coupe-style profile with its raked roof and rear window. Up until recently, we didn’t know much more than that — but BMW has just released some tantilizing specs ahead of the X4′s introduction in New York next month.
Production of the X4 is slated for this spring at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It’s half an inch longer than the X3 and 1.5 inches lower, making it theoretically more sporty.
The X4 will be available stateside with BMW’s X4 all-wheel drive system, and buyers can choose between two turbocharged engines: the xDrive28i will be powered by BMW’s delightful 240 horsepower, 2.0-liter four, which offers 28 miles per gallon on the highway, or the xDrive35i, which will have a 300 horsepower 3.0-liter inline six (with 26 miles per gallon highway). The xDrive28i will cost $45,625 to start, after shipping, and the xDrive35i will begin at $48,925.
Each will be equipped with an eight-speed transmission, complete with paddle shifters. No words have been whispered as far as making an X4 M version of the vehicle, but we would imagine that when and if one were to materialize, it would likely use the twin-turbo six-cylinder found in the current M3 and M4. There’s no hot version of the X3 either, but BMW — which has been plugging every conceivable hole in its lineup with new vehicles — may be looking for an answer to Audi’s new 354-horsepower SQ5.