Johannesburg - BMW’s second-generation X4 goes on sale in South Africa this week, packaging all the good technological stuff found in the latest X3 into a more aggressive-looking coupe-inspired wrapping, and with chassis mods to match.
Despite a weight loss of up to 50kg depending on model, the newcomer is 81mm longer than its predecessor, with 54mm of that going into the wheelbase to improve rear legroom. It’s also got a vast but relatively shallow boot that swallows 525 litres.
The local range kicks off with three models in the form of xDrive 20i and 20d four-cylinder models and an M40i six-cylinder performance flagship, while the M40d ‘super diesel’ is set to follow in early 2019.
The 20i is powered by a 2-litre turbopetrol rated at 135kW and 290Nm and it’ll sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds, according to BMW. The 20d, powered by BMW’s familiar 2-litre turbodiesel, is good for 140kW, 400Nm and an 8.0 second acceleration time.
The M40i petrol model generates 265kW and 500Nm, while the M40d pushes 240kW and 680Nm, with respective zero to 100 times of 4.8 and 4.9 seconds.