Not content with offering a traditional SUV, BMW created the X5 SAV (sport activity vehicle) in an effort to combine a modicum of off-road performance, utility, and a commanding view of the road with BMW's legendary driving dynamics. So it should be no surprise that, of all brands, BMW would make inroads into the SAC (sport activity coupe) market with the newly released X2 and the original X4. But now the second-generation X4 is upon us, and BMW used the 2018 Geneva Auto Show to reveal its newest X model.
Far from just a substantial styling refresh, the 2019 BMW X4 has had its wheelbase stretched by 2.1 inches and its overall length and width increased by 3 inches and 1.4 inches, respectively. Use of aluminum is up, too. And while official curb weights have not yet been published, BMW is claiming a substantial weight savings over the previous model, along with a significantly lower center of gravity, which can only serve to help the X4's handling dynamics. Of course, the styling and aerodynamics have been updated as well, with BMW boasting a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.30.
Two models are available: the X4 xDrive30i and the X4 M40i, which use two of BMW's latest turbocharged engines. The xDrive30i is powered by a four-cylinder good for 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the M40i uses BMW's inline six-cylinder that makes a stout 355 hp and 365 lb-ft. On the performance front, the M40i should yield a 0-60 mph number well below 5 seconds.
Inside, the all-new X4 offers redesigned standard sport seats. Rear passengers benefit not only from an additional inch of legroom but also from a standard panoramic two-section glass moonroof, which is larger than the one in the original X4. And while the xDrive30i interior leans toward elegance, the M40i differentiates itself with a sportier look and feel thanks to M-specific sport seats, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, and an anthracite-colored headliner. Additionally, M40i models can be optioned with elements from the BMW Individual portfolio.
Driver assistance remains cutting-edge with a standard navigation system viewable through not only a new 10.3-inch screen but also an optional head-up display that's 75 percent larger than the outgoing model's. Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a pedestrian warning system, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and real-time speed limit information can all be had through various option packages. But in the event of an impending accident, BMW makes standard its Active Protection, which pre-tensions the seat belts and closes the windows and moonroof to a small gap.
The 2019 BMW X4 will be available at dealers in July 2018, with base prices for the xDrive30i and the M40i starting at $50,450 and $60,450, respectively.