Barely after a week introducing the facelifted X3 F25 LCI, BMW Group Malaysia launches the F26 X4 Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). Following the success of the X6 SAC, the X4 is set to mirror the steps of the X6, but in a more compact package.
|Name||BMW X4 xDrive28i|
|Engine||1,997cc 4-cylinder, turbocharged petrol|
|Max Power||245 hp @ 5,000 – 6,000 rpm|
|Max Torque||350 Nm @ 1,250 – 4,800 rpm|
|Price||RM 438,800.00 (M Sport RM 468,800.00)
While the X6 is related to the X5, it’s logical for the X4 to be related with the X3. Although the X3 is available here in both petrol and diesel flavours, the X4 is only available with a petrol engine which is called the X4 xDrive28i.
Dimension-wise, the X4 roughly shares almost the same footprint as the X3. The front looks similar to the X3 LCI that was recently introduced, but the X4 gains a shapelier bumper. The trademark kidney grille and bonnet remains the same as in the X3 but after the A pillar, everything went sloping down all the way to the tailgate.
Side profile is the vehicle’s main design characteristic of being an SAC. Obviously the X4 is lower (51mm lower) than the X3, but the dropping roofline might rob a bit of the headroom for the rear passengers. There’s still 500 litres of luggage space under that tailgate, and extendable for up to 1,400 litres with the rear seats folded down.
There’s also the optional M Sport package that features M Aerodynamics package for the exterior, and a different set of wheels but measuring the same 19-inch diameter as the standard variant.
The dashboard is shared with the X3, and the X4 also finished in xLine trim which includes the xLine door sills and a 205W, nine-speaker audio system as standard. Upgrade to M Sport and you will get the door sills replaced with a set of “M” items, a 600W Harman Kardon sound system with 16 speakers, and a pair of front sports seats.
Head-Up Display is exclusive to the M Sport variant, but both variants will be fitted with dual zone auto climate control, auto lights, auto wipers, 40-20-40 split folding rear seats, navigation system, a rear tailgate that opens and closes by sensing a leg movement under the rear bumper, and a rear view camera.
The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine in the X4 xDrive28i produces 245 hp at 5,000 – 6,000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 1,250 – 4,800 rpm. This should enable the X4 to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds. Top speed is 232 km/h.
Power is sent to the xDrive all wheel drive system with variable torque distribution via the same 8-speed automatic with ECO PRO mode with coasting function that helps to achieve a fuel consumption of 7.3 l/100 km.
BMW Group Malaysia also organized a xDrive Experience for local media using the X1, the new X3 F25 LCI, the recently facelifted X5 F15 and of course, the BMW X4. We went on road and off road to rest out the xDrive capabilities, impressive nonetheless.
Buyers will be able to choose from five colours, Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Sophisto Grey, Sparkling Brown, and Melbourne Red but the last colour is offered exclusively to the X4 with M Sport Package. The X4 xDrive28i retails at RM 438,800.00 and comes with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI), but you have to top up another RM 30,000.00 for the M Sport Package.