NEW FOR 2015:
BMW expands its ‘sport activity vehicle’ lineup for 2015 with the addition of the X4. Sized something like an X1 or X3, its takes its stylistic cues from the larger X6, but somehow wears that fastback bodystyle more elegantly.
Though it’s a new model, the X4 doesn’t bring anything new powertrain-wise, as engine choices are the same 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.0L turbo six used in the X1, X3, 3- and 5 Series. In the xDrive 28i model, the 2.0L makes 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the xDrive 35i’s six-cylinder is good for 300 hp and 300 lb-ft; both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Standard equipment in 28i trim includes 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, electric power steering, automatic bi-xenon headlights, adaptive brakelights, heated windshield washer jets, rain-sensing wipers, body-colour bumpers with black inserts, twin chrome exhaust tips, sliding cargo cover, leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, tilt-and-telescopic steering column, leatherette-trimmed heated eight-way power front seats with driver memory, two-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker stereo with auxiliary and USB inputs and two subwoofers, and a 6.5-inch iDrive display.
35i models add 20-inch wheels, body-coloured lower trim, twin stainless steel exhaust tips with chrome finish, and 12-way Nevada leather front sport seats.