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BMW X4 Gets Ready for Launch with a New Set of Photos

BMW’s second attempt at making what they call a ‘Sport Activity Coupe’, the X4, is getting ready to hit the markets worldwide this summer. To tease us just a little more than usual, the marketing geniuses decided to launch yet another mega-gallery with the new car, made up of 118 photos.
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Browsing through them we now understand exactly where the X4 will fit. Looking over the numbers, the car will most likely be on par with the X3 in size and just a bit smaller than the upcoming F16 X6 that is also going to be revealed in full this year, after we’ve seen it testing around the world a couple of times.

Even though the two cars share an overall design approach, that’s about as far as the similarities go. When it comes to drivetrains, things are a bit different and that’s where you start noticing how BMW is positioning the two.

The X4 will arrive on various markets around the world with considerably smaller engines than its bigger brother. The entry-level model will be the xDrive28i in the States while Europe will be more modest, as usual, starting up with an xDrive20i model. Both cars share the same 2-liter turbocharged 4-pot engine but tuned to make 184 HP in the 20i and 245 HP in the 28i version.

The US also gets the xDrive35i, fitted with the usual N55 3-liter turbocharged engine making 306 HP and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque but is deprived of the fastest version out there, the xDrive35d model. Yes, a diesel is the fastest car in the X4 range.

Fitted with a 3-liter biturbo diesel unit, the 35d has 313 HP and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque at its disposal together with an 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox and all-wheel-drive to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) 0.3 seconds faster than xDrive35i’s 5.5 seconds.

If you live in Europe, you can also get 2 more diesels: the entry-level xDrive20d (2-liter, 4-pot, 184 HP) and the xDrive30d (3-liter, 6-cylinder, 258 HP). Both of them are really careful with the fuel, sipping between 5.2 and 6.1 liters per 100 km (45 mpg to 38 mpg).

On the other hand, the X6 is expected to have a bigger entry-level model. Whereas in the X4 the top of the range version is the xDrive35i, the same designation will be naming the entry-level X6. Going up in the range, we’ll also have an xDrive50i and probably 2 diesel alternatives, the xDrive35d model and an M50d version. Furthermore, the X6 will also get an M version while the smaller SAC will probably have to wait a couple of years until such a prospect becomes reality.

The X4 will also be set apart through the pricing strategy. Starting at $44,700 in the US, the new SAC is going to be at least $15,000 cheaper than its bigger brother.

 
 
 
 
 

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