BMW’s SUV range has been revised further, with the addition of the 2018 BMW X4 to the lineup.
Like the new X3 range, the new X4 has undergone an extensive makeover to bring it up to date, including exterior, interior, and driveline changes.
It’s a bigger car than the one it replaces, being 81mm longer, 37mm wider and now with a 54mm longer wheelbase, helping to liberate more interior room.
Up front you’ll find twin LED headlights, and the familiar BMW kidney grille, which the company says has a “three dimensional look” – basically, the surrounds are separate to the vertical vanes. The new grille rounds out the X-model design language, bringing it into line with the front end of the X3, on which it’s based.
The side profile is far more harmonious than the previous X4, which looked like a sad, droopy X3. The new model’s shoulder line, which cuts through the door handles, doesn’t fall down at the front, unlike the previous car, and with its larger dimensions, it looks more muscular and less effeminate.
The tail lights are LED, and with their wrap-around design, it helps the back end look much more resolved.
Step inside, and the higher quality will be apparent, with a slightly more sporting trim than the X3 to differentiate the two models.
The cabin is definitely focussed on the driver, with the centre stack angled slightly toward the driver, giving a more wrap-around feel. The materials used are more premium than previously, and the design is more contemporary.
The front seats have been redesigned, and the rear seats have better legroom than previous. Headroom still may not be great, though. However to alleviate this, BMW has made a “cargo function” available as an option, which allows the backrest angled of each individual seat to be adjusted.
The luggage space is 525 litres (with the rear seat upright), and if folded flat, you get 1430 litres. The company says the X4 gets “large stowage trays, roomy door pockets, cupholders and various storage
Inside, you can also option tri-zone climate control, seat cooling, ambient lighting, an air fragrance function, a BMW Display Key and a panoramic glass roof.
There’s a built-in SIM card for the X4 plus BMW’s latest generation iDrive6 taking care of the infotainment system. The standard screen size is 6.5-inches but you can option a premium navigation system which gives you a 10.25-inch touchscreen.
BMW says the voice control is far more adept at understanding natural English phrases and questions, and you can option gesture control which allows you to change channels on the radio, select the next track on your iPhone, or even alter the volume without you having to look down.
The optional head-up display is now 70 per cent bigger and has increased its pixel count to 400×800 making it much clearer. Of course, you get both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but BMW has gone futher, allowing owners to choose an interface to use on its Open Mobility Cloud platform.
This sees the X4 being able to connect to stuff like the Apple Watch, Amazon Alexa or even Google Home, though we’re not sure if you’ll be driving around with such devices.
Under the bonnet, there’s a choice of three petrol engines and four diesel motors, each having turbocharging to help with fuel economy.
The BMW X4 M40i gets the same 265 kW/360 hp straight six from the X3 M40i, while the BMW X4 M40d gets a walloping 240 kW/326 hp straight-six turbo-diesel unit.
The BMW X4 xDrive30d also uses a six-cylinder inline diesel engine, this time with 195 kW/265 hp, and there are two four-cylinder diesels – the xDrive25d which makes 170 kW/231 hp, or the xDrive20d which produces 140 kW/190 hp.
The other petrol models are the xDrive30i which outputs 185 kW/252 hp, and the xDrive20i making 135 kW/184 hp.
All the X4s use the ZF eight-speed auto, which has shift paddles, of course, while sending their power to all four wheels thanks to BMW’s xDrive setup.
The suspension has been adjusted to suit the X4’s lower centre of gravity, with standard spec M Sport suspension (and a Performance Control function) and variable sport steering fitted to all models. M Sport brakes plus adaptive suspension can be optioned.
The 2019 BMW X4 is said to be launched in the third quarter with most markets getting stock from October 2018.