The 2015 BMW X4 exists, and it’s weird – RoadandTrack.com
BMW says the new X4 is supposed to recreate the feeling of sitting in a classic sports coupe, but we’re not exactly getting a Jaguar E-Type vibe.
When BMW first introduced the X6, it caused a good amount of head-scratching. It was essentially an X5 with a sloping roofline, and it brought with it little more than less headroom for backseat passengers and reduced cargo space. Despite our reservations, BMW has sold 250,000 to date. Acura was the only other company to jump on the bandwagon, but the ZDX only sold in Italian supercar numbers.
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BMW calls these things ‘sports activity coupes,’ which confuses things even more. As the name suggests, the X4 is smaller than the X6. It has the same five-door configuration and fastback profile. Compared to the X3 on which it’s based, it’s slightly longer and lower, and its face is similar to that of the most recent X5.
Two engines will be available at launch in the US, and both come standard with xDrive all-wheel drive. The X4 xDrive28i comes with BMW’s 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine, producing 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Stepping up to the X4 xDrive35i will get you the 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission comes standard.
The interior seats five, and going by the images that BMW has provided, it’s what you would expect to find in a mid-size BMWleather, high-quality surfaces, and intuitive switchgear. Power tailgate, sports leather steering wheel, shift paddles, and parking sensors all come standard. The optional M Sport package adds a sportier M Aerodynamics package and sport suspension, while the interior gets a variety of mostly cosmetic M trim pieces.
The X4 will officially debut at the New York International Auto Show next month, and production will begin at the Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant soon after. Pricing starts at $45,625 for the X4 xDrive28i and $48,925 for the X4 xDrive35i.
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BMW wouldn’t build the X4 if it didn’t think the SUV would be profitable, but beyond that, what’s the point?