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BMW X4 to debut in New York

Mid-sized hatchback sedan follows the formula established by BMW's X6

Published: March 13, 2014, 12:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:44 PM

2015 BMW X4

It's scheduled to begin production this spring at BMW’s U.S. production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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In BMW-speak, the new mid-sized crossover is called a Sports Activity Vehicle and it follows the formula of its bigger brother X6. Like the X6, the Coupe label is a misnomer as it is a four-door hatchback body style with utility vehicle underpinnings.

Expect it to be offered here with a choice of two TwinPower Turbo engines – a 240- horsepower, 2.0-litre four cylinder in the X4 xDrive28i and a 300 horsepower 3.0-litre inline six in the top-of-line X4 xDrive35i.

Both models feature an 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission with shift paddles, as well as BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.

Inside, the X4 seats up to five, with variable seating configurations that provide from 500 to 1,400 litres of cargo space. A standard power tailgate enhances access.

The level of standard equipment is said to be greater than on the BMW X3. All X4s include a sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles, variable sport steering, Performance Control and rear Park Distance Control.

When equipped with an available on-board navigation system, the X4 includes a new iDrive Controller with touchpad, which allows drivers or passengers to use their fingers to write letters for text inputs, such as a navigation destination.

Options include a full-colour Head-Up Display, which projects all important driving information and assistance systems displays into the driver’s field of view in high resolution.

An array of available driver assist systems includes Active Driving Assistant Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Pedestrian and Collision Warning with City Braking, and Lane Departure Warning. Other options include Active Blind Spot Detection and rearview camera with Surround View which provides a bird’s-eye view of the area around the X4.

The available Parking Assistant steers the X4 into parallel parking spaces after alerting the driver to a space large enough for the vehicle.

ConnectedDrive Services allow customers to access embedded service as well as select smartphone applications.

In spite of its ungainly appearance, the X6 has been a sales success, with more than 250,000 sold world-wide. BMW expects the X4 to parallel that success.