With the launch of the new BMW X4, we put together a photo comparison against the also new Porsche Macan.
The new BMW X4 offers the premium mid-size segment its first taste of the Sports Activity Coupe concept. The vehicle is based on the same underpinnings as the X3, just as the larger X6 shares its underpinnings with the X5. Derived from the Indonesian word for Tiger, Porsche Macan promises to combine sport car characteristics with the benefits of a sport-ute.
At 4671mm in length, 1881mm in width and 1624mm in height, the X4 is 14mm longer, the same width and 36mm lower than the X3. The two BMW SUVs share the same 2810mm wheelbase, but the X4′s track widths are up by 24mm and 22mm respectively at 1616mm up front and 1632mm at the rear over those of the X3, which in combination with a lower ride height gives it a more hunkered down stance.
At 4699 mm in length, 1923 mm in width and 1623 mm in height, the Macan is 144 mm shorter, 15.2 mm narrower and 81.28 mm lower than the second-generation Cayenne.
The Macan Turbo uses a 3.6L V6 that produces 400 hp and the Macan S has a 3.0L V6 with 340 hp. Both models will be AWD. Base MSRP of $52,000 but shoots up to $72,000 for the Macan Turbo.
At launch time, the BMW X4 will be offered in the following variants: xDrive20d, xDrive30d, xDrive35d, xDrive20i, xDrive28i and xDrive35i.
In the U.S., the 2015 BMW X4 hits showrooms this spring, priced from $45,625 for the X4 xDrive28 and $48,925 for the X4 xDrive35i.