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2018-02-14 11:23

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Johannesburg - BMW has taken the wraps off its all-new X4, according to the automaker it sold approximately 200 000 units have been sold around the world since its launch in 2014.

BMW South Africa says the X4 will be available here locally during the third quarter of 2018.

The big news is that the Sports Activity Coupe (SAV) has received two M Performance models (M40i and M40d) to the line-up. The new car will arrive in South Africa in the third quarter. 

The new model has grown, with an increase of 81mm in length to 4.75m, 54mm added to the wheelbase (now 2.86m) and an extra 37mm of width (1.91m). BMW says the X4 is up to 50kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to 'EfficientLightweight' measures. 

Standalone design features and model-specific 19" light-alloy wheels are part of the specification for the xLine, M Sport X and M Sport model variants, which allow the design of the exterior and interior to be tailored to reflect personal tastes. And BMW X4 customers can now also choose from the BMW Individual range of options.

Space, space and more space

Large stowage trays, roomy door pockets, cupholders and various storage compartments are all testimony to the functional qualities of the all-new BMW X4. There are three full-size seats in the rear offering more legroom than before. Load space can be expanded from 525 to a maximum of 1430 litres by folding down the sections of the rear backrest, with its standard 40:20:40 split.

The optional cargo function allows the backrest angle to be individually adjusted, too.

Engine line-up

There are three petrol and four diesel engines to from the launch or shortly afterwards. The line-up is spearheaded by a duo of BMW M Performance models. The six-cylinder in-line petrol engine under the bonnet of the M40i musters up maximum output of 265kW.

The M40d is powered by a 240kW straight-six diesel unit. The xDrive30d likewise draws its drive power from a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, this time with 195kW. Apart from this, the choice of engines also includes two four-cylinder diesel units generating 170kW in the BMW X4 xDrive25d and 140kW in the xDrive20d.

Other petrol engine choices are two four-cylinder petrol units with outputs of 185kW in the xDrive30i and 135kW xDrive20i. All model variants direct their engine’s power to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard.

M Sport 

Standard specification includes not only M Sport suspension and the performance control function, but also variable sport steering. M Sport brakes and adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers are both optionally available. The M Performance models come equipped as standard with 20" light-alloy wheels, specially designed M Sport brakes and an M Sport differential, which generates a locking effect at the rear wheels. 

Expanded operating system, cutting-edge driver assistance systems and new 'connecteddrive' functions. The iDrive display and operating system in the all-new BMW X4 includes a freestanding Control Display that is optionally available in a 26cm version with touchscreen functionality. The voice control system has undergone further improvement and can now follow freely formulated instructions says BMW.

Gesture control seen on the 5 Series, the multifunctional instrument display and the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display are also available as options.

The Remote 3D View function gives drivers the ability to call up a three-dimensional live image of their vehicle and its immediate vicinity on their smartphone says BMW. Also available as options are the WiFi hotspot preparation enabling rapid online connectivity for digital devices and telephony with wireless charging for compatible smartphones.

The additional features of BMW Connected+ offer an even greater degree of personalisation. BMW is also the first carmaker to offer a secure server connection for exchanging and editing emails, calendar entries and contact details – thanks to the Microsoft Office 365 function, which users can select from the ConnectedDrive store.

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