The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

Ever since it was launched back in 2014, the X4 has carved a niche for itself in the SUV space. Not too big, neither too small (by European standards), it was just the perfect fit for the young and mobile. And though it didn’t do exceedingly well in the US market, it’s all ready for the second innings. Euro-Tech Motors takes a detailed look at the new second generation X4.

Right off the bat you’ll notice that the new X4 looks decidedly more pleasing than the last generation. Gone is the surprised looking gawky face, replaced by what can only be called ‘acceptable’. It’s no beauty queen for sure, but the subdued approach to design is definitely going to find more takers. Still intact is the coupe-like sloping roofline that makes the top half look like it belongs to a sports car.

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

The new X4 follows the fresh BMW family styling that is marked at the front by angled headlamps and a narrower but taller kidney grille. Hiding in the grille is the active air vent control that improves efficiency. On the side, wheel arches aren’t perfectly rounded and the jaggedness of the arch is that imperfection that gives the X4 some ‘character’. At the back, the narrow, flowing tail lamps form an integral part of the sculpted automatic tailgate that comes as a standard feature.

From a distance, the X4 looks a bit hunkered down and less hunched up than before. It may be because BMW has made the new X4 wider and longer and wee bit shorter than before. This has given the new X4 a lower centre of gravity and as with any BMW, the weight distribution is 50:50 front to back. The new car is also lighter by 110 lbs. You might wonder how sporty the new X4 is, but BMW is rather sure of this, so it’s no surprise that there are two M versions!

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

A gasoline powered M40i and a diesel M40d. The six-cylinder motor in the M40i makes a healthy 360 hp and a meaty 369 lb-ft of torque pushing the car past 62 mph in a breezy 4.8 seconds. The diesel M40d is no slouch either. The engine may produce a lower 326 hp compared to the gasoline engine, it makes much more torque – 501 lb-ft of it. That means the M40d will keep up with the 40i with a 0-62 mph time of 4.9 seconds.

Of course there are saner engine options available. And not just that, there’s a lot of practicality on offer too. The boot is now tiny bit larger and offers 525 litres of space, and with those 40:20:40 split seats, there’s a number of ways to expand it to your needs. Interiors have been redesigned as well and in typical BMW fashion the instrument cluster is driver centric. There’s a new multifunction steering wheel and a full heads up display. In the centre of the dash is a 10.2-inch touch screen display with gesture control.

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

The new X4 will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018 and will be available in August of this year. Get your check books ready.

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d