BMW is gearing up to present the production version of the new X4 crossover coupe activity thingy at the New York International Auto Show in April and begin production this spring at their South Carolina plant. They have already confirmed the prices and specs of the car for the U.S. market.
Slotting neatly between the X3 and X5, but inspired in its appearance by the X6, the 2015 BMW X4 offers a more dynamic proposition than all of those cars thanks to its coupe-like profile and choice of engines. It launches in America with two TwinPower Turbo engines.
The first choice is the X4 xDrive28i powered by the renowned 240 horsepower 2.0-liter four cylinder, the second, the X4 xDrive35i with a 300 horsepower 3.0 liter inline six. Both models include an 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission with shift paddles as well as xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system.
Now, those of you have seen the inside of the BMW X6 and how cramped it is at the back, are probably wondering at this point what’s life going to be at the back of the X4, which is significantly smaller. The short answer is pretty bad. But BMW offers a new rear seat bench for the X4 with space for three, which comes with the type of continuously moulded side bolsters normally only provided by two individual seats. Load capacity is between 17.7- 49.4 cu. ft. (500–1,400 liters).
Among the new convience features fitted to the 2015 BMW X4, there is the optional Smart Opener for the power tailgate, new iDrive Controller with touchpad and a new navigation screen. The X4 is also available from launch with M Aerodynamics package, including Six selected paint finishes (including Melbourne Red metallic), four special interior trim strips, sports seats with various leather upholstery options, as well as sporty suspension, M leather steering wheel, M door sill finishers, an M driver’s footrest and a choice of 19 or 20-inch M light-alloy wheels.
As for the pricing, the X4 xDrive28i starts from $45,625 and the X4 xDrive35i from $48,925 (both including destination charge).