Like an angry chef armed with a Ginsu BMW is slicin’ and dicin’ the automotive market. It seems like there’s no niche too small, no white space worth leaving alone. In the interest of filling every possible product category, the German automaker revealed their new X4 Sports Activity Coupe in New York.
You can think of this compact crossover as an unleavened version of BMW’s X3; just in time for Passover it’s a Matzo-baller. Like the larger X6 it’s rather deflated at the rear, something that adds style to its profile at the expense of cargo space.
Two versions of the X4 are available. The base model is the xDrive28i. It carries a base price of $45,625 including shipping and handling. It’s motivated by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 240 hp.
The up-level model is the xDrve35i. Pricing starts at a richer $48,925, again including destination fees. That gets you a liquid-smooth 300 hp inline six and a zero to 60 time of around 5.2 seconds; the four-banger does the same deed in six flat.
Their engines may be different but both versions of the X4 come with an eight-speed automatic transmission as well as the company’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
Understandably the new X4 is focused on performance. And while it’s about six-tenths of an inch longer than an X3 it sits one-and-a-half inches lower. The goal is to deliver a dynamite on-road experience with unique styling and all-road capability.
Upping the fun factor, an M Sport Package is also offered. It includes things like a tighter suspension setup, unique seats, an M-branded steering wheel and various other enhancements. Of course versatility matters, too, though hardly as much. Making it easy to load cargo into the hold, a power liftgate is standard and it can be opened with just a wave of your foot.
Moving inside, premium is the word that describes the X4’s cabin. It’s trimmed with supple leather and all of the materials are pretty much top notch, including a unique hybrid trim made from wood and aluminum. The latest version of the company’s iDrive system is standard.
Like what you see? Well, the 2015 BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe is slated to go on sale in the U.S. later this spring.
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GALLERY: 2015 BMW X4 Live Photos
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