BMW X4 is Ready to Rock, Roll, and Repeat

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Despite its unusual design, the first-generation BMW X4 managed to do well on the global sales charts.

To date, BMW has sold over 200,000 X4s around the world, including almost 20,000 in the US.

Due in South Africa in the last quarter of 2018 is the 2993cc turbodiesel six xDrive30d, tuned for 195kW at 4000 revs and 620Nm from 2000-2500rpm, which will launch it to 100km/h in a claimed 5.8 seconds and on to 240km/h, while burning an NEDC-rated 6.2 litres per 100km. The coupé-like SUV shares a lot in terms of powertrain, chassis and equipment with the X3 SUV. A public debut is set to take place at the Geneva motor show in March. The German manufacturer claims that the SUV has taken a rather large step forward in the areas of handling and driving dynamics, as compared to its predecessor.

The early-arrival diesel is the xDrive20d, a two-litre, four-pot turbo for which Munich quotes 140kW at 4000 revs and 400Nm from 1750-2500rpm.

However expect the X4 to share engines with the X3 when it comes to India. Both are almost identical to the old X4, but a high-power X4 M is in the plans for this generation. There is no word on if and when the petrol models will arrive. An eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive are standard for both trims, though in the M40i it has a rear-wheel-drive bias for a sportier feel. High-powered models will also get a Sport+ mode that will provide sharper gear changes and better high-speed traction from the four-wheel drive system. It also sports a slippery drag coefficient of 0.30.

BMW has unveiled the all-new 2019 BMW X4, but most buyers probably won't be able to see the differences between the current model and the 2019 X4. The X4's all-important 50:50 weight distribution remains intact.

The first-gen X4 was priced at 3.629 million baht in Thailand for 20i and an extra 300k for the 20d, both in M Sport grade.

Instrument panel and center stack designs are reminiscent of what's found in the X3, as is the 10.25-inch infotainment display, housing BMW's latest version of its iDrive system. Paddle shifters are standard for higher-spec trims. There's now 525-litres of boot space, 25-litres more than before, thanks to some additional underfloor storage.

BMW M Performance models will follow soon after and will include an M40d powered by a 326bhp 3.0-litre diesel.

Drivers can choose between xLine, M Sport X and M Sport variants, but no matter which version you go for you'll get 18in alloy wheels as standard (although sizes of up to 21in are available). The X4 also gets BMW's nifty - though, as far as I'm concerned, unnecessary - gesture controls that allow you to adjust audio volume and accept or reject phone calls with a swipe of your hand.

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