New BMW X4 revealed with two M Performance derivatives

Alongside the usual mix of four and six-cylinder engines, BMW will offer two halfway-house M Performance X4 options

BMW’s relentless focus on the SUV/coupe sector shows no sign of waning with the release of an all-new BMW X4. Based on the ‘G01’ X3, the new X4 follows the same basic recipe as the original, sitting neatly between the X2 and X6 in the firm’s coupe SUV line-up.

Despite its niche appeal, the original X4 sold over 200,000 units over a production run of just four years. This new version builds on that car’s ideology, sharing most powertrains, front-end styling and interior design with the X3. This is no bad thing however, as the new car is a far more comprehensive package than before, with an array of excellent BMW powertrains and a much improved interior compared to its predecessor. 

The new X4 adopts the new X3’s basic aesthetic penned by BMW designer Calvin Luk. The assertive front end and its oversized kidney grilles now sit in front of a swooping roofline and more heavily sculpted rear haunches. At the rear is BMW’s first application of its next-generation rear lighting units, a design that will also be seen on the upcoming 8-series coupe and Z4.

The M Performance versions don’t just harbour a tweaked engine though, as both feature bespoke styling touches inside and out, as well as an active exhaust system, bigger brakes and optional M Performance adaptive suspension. 20-inch wheels are standard fit, with 21s on the typically vast options list.

The interior is much the same as in the X3, meaning a combination of excellent build quality and the latest iDrive infotainment system wrapped up in a sophisticated and well-presented package. Thanks to the low roofline, expect the rear quarters to be a little more cramped than the more upright X3, likewise its luggage area. 

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