With its more coupe-like body, the goal was to come up with BMW describes as the look of an "eye-catching athlete".
The launch of a new version of the X3 has provided BMW with the opportunity to reinvent its coupe SUV - what the brand calls a "Sports Activity Coupe".
However, BMW has chose to forward the second-generation X4 quite prematurely probably due to the state of the competition.
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It starts at $50,450 and will be available from this July. We'll see it in the metal at the 2018 Geneva motor show.
The Blue Propeller Boykies say they've made it longer (81mm overall on a 54mm longer wheelbase), sleeker (37mm wider and 3mm lower) and sportier, reducing its weight by 50kg and its drag coefficient to 0.30. Thanks to the low roofline, expect the rear quarters to be a little more cramped than the more upright X3, likewise its luggage area.
All models feature premium equipment such as LED adaptive headlights and leather upholstery.
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Debut models are the 2019 X4 xDrive30i and the X4 M40i. An M Sport suspension is standard for both models. It's also 1.4 inches wider.
Inside, meanwhile, it's very much a carbon copy of the X3. The headline powertrains are in the new M trims.
Due to its enormous popularity, the first BMW X4 contributed significantly to the continuously increasing market success of the BMW X models.
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The range of options has been extended, and now includes a huge two-pieces panoramic glass roof with electric sun-blind, electrically adjustable and heatable seats with active ventilation, three-zone climate control, an Ambient Air package that ionises the air and perfumes it with your choice of eight fragrances.
That theme continues on the inside where you'll find the latest generation of BMW's excellent iDrive infotainment system. Voice control is also standard, but as an option, you can upgrade to the Professional system, which brings a 10.25-inch touchscreen, or specify gesture control, which allows you to operate some functions with a wave of the hand.
Slotting between the X3 and X5 SUVs in the BMW line-up, the X4 will rival the Range Rover Evoque when it comes to India. Then, if you go for the Connected+ system, you can share your trip status by text and even transfer the navigation back to a smartphone once the auto has been parked, allowing you to navigate from door-to-door. Rear legroom has grown by 27mm, while the boot capacity is up to 525 litres - 25 litres more than in the current vehicle. There's 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, which expands to 50.5 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat down.
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The BMW X4 will be available with a range of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and all come with xDrive four-wheel drive as standard.