BMW X4 revealed, M40d performance diesel confirmed

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A 265hp diesel engine and 360hp petrol engine are set to follow, but United Kingdom prices for these are not yet confirmed. An M Sport suspension is standard for both models. The anniversary vehicle, a BMW X4 xDrive20d (combined fuel consumption: 5.6 - 5.4 l/100 km; combined Carbon dioxide emissions: 149 - 142 g/km) in the paint finish Alpine White metallic, will be delivered to a customer in Asia.

The xDrive30i features an engine that's new to the X4 but used widely in other BMW models, a 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 258 pounds-feet of torque. Standard on all models come the eight-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

Despite its bulk, it's pretty nifty on the road in the top spec diesel (starting from £55k) punching out 326bhp with 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and 155mph top speed.

The M40d, priced from £55,315, offers 326hp, gets from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, has official combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg, and Carbon dioxide emissions of 170g/km.

Three full-size seats are fitted in the rear compartment of the X4, providing passengers with an additional 27 millimetres of legroom over the previous model. Rear legroom has grown by 27mm, while the boot capacity is up to 525 litres - 25 litres more than in the current auto.

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The X4 is also one of the most connected cars on the market thanks to its ConnectedDrive services. Combining robust all-round qualities with the sporty elegance of a BMW coupé, the model succeeded in arousing the enthusiasm of new target groups for the unique driving pleasure offered by a BMW X model. Only the xDrive20i, xDrive20d, xDrive30i, xDrive30d (last quarter of 2018) and M40i will be available. CO2 figures for the xDrive30d range from 156 to 163g/km depending on spec, with the less efficient M40d pumping out 170 to 173g/km.

It's more than six months since the 2018 BMW X3 arrived, so it's "lifestyle" coupe sibling - the 2018 BMW X4 - now arrives too with improved looks and a bit more room. LED lights come as standard on all models. Driver-centric dashboard, solid materials, iDrive-controlled infotainment system with digital instruments and cockpit details lifted out of the 5-series. Optional safety features include active cruise control, which can bring the vehicle to a stop and pull away again in traffic, along with traffic-sign recognition and lane-departure warning systems.

We're in the middle of an avalanche of BMW X-cars.

BMW also offers its "Parking Assistant Plus" pack on the X4, which includes a panoramic parking camera system with top-down and 3D views, as well as helping the you select and park in both parallel spots and bays. So, on top of the standard Cruise Control and Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation systems, buyers can choose options such as Active Cruise Control, the Driving Assistant Plus package - which includes the Steering and lane control assistant and crossing traffic warning system - and Parking Assistant Plus.

It's not much of a shock in here - standard BMW fare.

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