BMW downsizes X6 format for new X4
The X4 is the fourth part of BMW’s 4 Series family, the new denomination what would have been the sportier members of the 3 Series range.
Just as the X6 is based on the X5, the X4 shares its platform and some of its engines with the X3, but with a sloping coupe-like roofline and a lower, sportier ride height.
It launches with a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines, with the xDrive20d at the most efficient end of the range. This returns 52.3mpg and emits 143g/km with a manual gearbox, while the eight-speed automatic with a coasting function boosts economy to 54.3mpg and brings CO2 emissions down to 138g/km.
Customers can also downsize the wheels to 17-inch versions with low rolling resistance tyres, which improves economy further. Fitted with the smaller wheels, the X4 xDrive20d returns 54.3mpg with the manual gearbox or 56.5mpg with the automatic, while CO2 emissions drop to 136 and 131g/km respectively.
The remaining diesel engines are six-cylinder units, topped out by the xDrive35d which produces 310bhp yet offers fuel economy of 47.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 157g/km. All models feature EfficientDynamics technology, including brake regeneration and automatic start-stop, but there are no sDrive two-wheel drive models available at launch.
The X4 also features BMW’s latest infotainment system, with internet connectivity allowing real-time traffic information, internet radio and the ability to connect to social media networks.
Pricing starts at £36,590 for the X4 xDrive20d SE – a £5,315 increase over the equivalent X3 xDrive 20d SE – and first UK deliveries are scheduled for the 12th July.