BMW has launched the all-new X4, second-gen SUV-coupe, in India with prices starting at Rs 60.60 lakh for the four-cylinder diesel variant and going up to Rs 65.90 lakh for the range-topping six-cylinder diesel model. At this price point, the entry-level X4 costs Rs 4.6 lakh more than the base X3 xDrive20d.
Offered in M Sport X trim only (a claimed first for our market), the X4 comes with a 190hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine in the xDrive20d, a 265hp, 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel in the xDrive30d and a 252hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol unit in the xDrive30i. All engines are offered with an 8-speed automatic gearbox sending power all-four wheels. Also available is BMW’s drive mode select system with four drive modes – Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.
The M Sport X design package adds in BMW’s M Sport body kit including side skirts, and a rear diffuser element, large 19-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust and a roof mounted spoiler to add to its sportier styling.
Inside, the driver and front passenger get sport seats, BMW’s M design steering along with M badging. In terms of equipment the SUV is offered with a panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate, adaptive suspension, BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with 10.25-inch touchscreen display, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system and a heads-up display.
On the safety front, the SUV-coupe has been kitted out with six airbags, stability control, Attentiveness Assist and Isofix child seat mounts to name a few.
Like the X3, with which the X4 shares its platform, kit, creature comforts and even select engine options, BMW locally assembles the SUV-coupe at its Chennai plant.
The X4 rivals the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe in the niche SUV-coupe segment; BMW had pioneered the segment with the original X6, globally. The GLC 43 Coupe is priced at Rs 78 lakh.
The X4 is first of 12 new launches planned by BMW for 2019 which will include the new 3 Series, the range topping 8 Series Coupe and the all-new Z4 roadster.
(All prices ex-showroom, India)