BMW has released details about their new X4 Sports Activity Coupe. Like the big brother X6, the X4 adopts a more rounded body style to resemble a coupe, but comes in a smaller size to attempt to appeal to buyers of a 3 or 4 Series that want something SUV-like. The American-built X4 will be officially shown at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, and production will begin later this spring. Here are some of the details of BMW’s latest.
The X4 will be available with two different engine options. The xDrive28i features the company’s 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder pushing out 240hp for a starting price of $45,625. All-wheel drive is standard on all versions. The xDrive35i features a 3.0L turbo 6-cylinder making 300hp and starting at $48,925. Both will come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It does not appear that a manual transmission will be available.
The X4 is designed to be a versatile vehicle that also looks well. The X3 is a full-SUV experience with a boxy cabin with an emphasis on storage space. The X4 eschews some of that space to give it a sedan look with a rear hatch to store goods. BMW refers to it as a coupe with 4-doors, and is taking the same approach with the 4 Series Gran Coupe. For those looking for a vehicle like that but live in climates where it is often snowy, the X4 might be a better alternative for them.
Expect the X4 to be available with similar options to the 4 Series. This includes radar cruise control, a heads up display, LED headlights, and automatic parking ability. A M Sport package (shown) will be available to give the vehicle an even more aggressive look. We also would not be surprised to see a X4M in a year or two, similar to what BMW did with the X6M, featuring the turbo 6-cylinder from the upcoming M4. We will bring you more information when we check it out at the New York Auto Show next month!