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BMW X4 arrives in Scotland

BMW X4 arrives in Scotland

THE all-new BMW X4 has arrived in Scottish showrooms. Based on the same platform as the X3, the marque’s first Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) for the mid-size sector is 4671mm in length, 14mm longer than the X3, but at 1624mm high also 36mm lower to the ground.

Its large air intakes are placed on the outer edges of the front and the character lines in the apron give the car a muscular appearance. This also lowers the car’s visual centre of gravity, signalling sharper coupe dynamics. The effect is further enhanced by the fog lamps below the signature twin headlights.

The interior uses premium materials, including a high-gloss black-panel look and aluminium trim strips in the wood panelling.

The driver and front passenger sit 20mm lower and the rear passengers 28mm lower than in a X3, accentuating the coupe feel, reinforced by the rear bench seat, which comes with continuously moulded side support normally only provided by two individual seats, but still offering space for three passengers.

The car has a load capacity of between 500 and1400 litres which, thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, can be used in a variety of ways. Everyday usability is further enhanced by the standard-fit, automatically opening tailgate.

Also included as standard are Variable Sport Steering, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, front and rear Park Distance Control, Performance Control and Xenon headlights. Inside is a sports steering wheel, heated front seats and BMW Business Media package.

An xDrive status display, meanwhile, uses three-dimensional graphics to keep the driver informed of the car’s body roll and pitch.

The X4 will be available with a choice three diesel engines, all of which meet the EU6 standards. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology ensures performance is maintained while fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are kept to a minimum.

The X4 xDrive20d is powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre diesel engine with an all-aluminium construction. This power unit develops 190hp at 4,000rpm with a peak torque of 400Nm.

As a result, it requires just eight seconds to sprint from zero to 62mph. The car comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox but can be optionally specified with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which brings fuel consumption down to 54.3mpg and sets the CO2 emission at 138g/km.

The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine in the xDrive30d, paired with the standard eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, returns a combined mpg of 47.9 while CO2 emissions are just 156 g/km.

These parsimonious emissions don’t impact the performance with the engine outputting 258hp at 4,000rpm with a peak torque of 560Nm from as low as 1500rpm, while it accelerates from zero to 62mph in 5.8 seconds.

The xDrive35d engine tops the X4 line-up. The 3.0-litre diesel delivers 313hp and puts a peak torque of 630Nm on tap from between 1500 and 2500rpm. With its standard-fitted Launch Control, the xDrive35d launches from zero to 62mph in a mere 5.2 seconds and goes onto a top speed of 153mph. However, the xDrive35d still posts fuel consumption of just 47.1mpg and emits only 157g/km CO2.

The EfficientDynamics technologies also minimises the fuel consumption and emissions of the X4. Features such as Auto Start- Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units are standard across the range.

Optionally available are 17-inch aero wheels with reduced-rolling-resistance tyres, which reduce the CO2 emissions of the xDrive20d and xDrive30d by a further 7g/km.

The BMW Driving Assistant offers additional potential for fuel saving. This uses route data supplied by the car’s navigation system to identify situations in advance which will require the car to slow down – such as when on the way into towns and villages, speed limits etc. – and gives suitable recommendations.

The X4 will be priced from £36,590 OTR for an xDrive20d SE. For an additional £1500 the xLine trim level will also be available. This includes light-alloy wheels, Satin Aluminium exterior trim, Dark Copper interior trim, Sport seats and exclusive xLine leather upholstery.

The M Sport model costs an additional £3000 over the SE and offers aerodynamic bodystyling, High-gloss Shadow Line trim exterior trim and an exclusive 19-inch M Sport light-alloy wheels.

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