India-bound 2018 BMW X4 revealed

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BMW has digitally taken the wraps off its new SUV – the 2nd-gen X4. The new model is situated between the X5 and X3 SUVs and sports a coupé-like roofline. While the previous-gen model – which launched internationally in 2014 – was not sold in India, this second-gen one is expected to arrive in the country, late this year. For worldwide markets, the X4 will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines – a 2.0-litre petrol in 184hp and 252hp states of tune, a 2.0-litre diesel in 190hp and 231hp tunes, a 360hp, 3.0-litre petrol mill and a 326hp, 3.0-litre diesel motor. However expect the X4 to share engines with the X3 when it comes to India. This means the 252hp, xDrive30i 4-cylinder petrol, the 190hp, xDrive20d 4-cylinder diesel and the 265hp, xDrive30d six-cylinder diesel are expected. There is no word on if and when the petrol models will arrive. All engines will be coupled to a standard 8-speed automatic that leads power to all 4 wheels via BMW’s xDrive system.

The 4-wheel-drive system operates in conjunction with a standard Performance Control function and BMW’s Driving Experience Control system (which allows the driver choose between Sport, Comfort and Eco-Pro drive modes). Higher-spec models also have an additional Sport Plus mode. Like the X3, the X4 is underpinned by BMW’s CLAR platform (first introduced on the new 7-series), which has resulted in weight savings of about 50kg, as compared to the previous model. The new model is also 37mm wider (at 1,918mm) and 81-mm longer (at 4,752mm) than the older model and sees an increase in the wheelbase to the tune of 54mm (at 2,864mm). BMW claims weight distribution is 50/50, front-to-rear.

On the inside, the X4 once again shares a lot with the third-gen X3. This includes BMW‘s latest iDrive infotainment system (that comes with either a 6.5-inch display as standard or an optional 10.3-inch one), which also comes with voice and gesture control, as standard. Paddle shifters are standard for higher-spec trims. When BMW does bring the new X4 to India, it will rival the Land Rover Evoque, which is priced from Rs.44.44 lakh to Rs.59.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). If the range-topping 360hp petrol version also comes to India in the form of the X4 M 40i, this model will rival the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe, which was launched at Rs.74.8 lakh (ex-showroom, India).

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