The second-generation BMW X4 has been revealed, ahead of a US market launch in July 2018. Headlining the upgrades are an all-new exterior look along with a new infotainment layout, up-to-date driver assistance systems, new exterior colors (Pythonic Blue, Terra Brown, Sparkling Storm, Flamingo Red and Sunstone), new engines, and the option of M Sport X package.

The new X4 is nearly three inches longer, more than an inch wider, and narrowly lower than the previous X4. More importantly, the new BMW X4 adds more than two inches between its wheels, which should make it more comfortable for rear passengers. Despite its growth, however, the new X4 is up to 50 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.

Built on the same new CLAR platform as the BMW X3, the new BMW X4 seems like its own car and not just a chopped X3. While it does look similar to the X3, you can tell just from looking at it that BMW had the X4 in mind from the beginning of the X3’s development.

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It gets the same headlights, large kidney grilles and heavily sculpted hood as the X3. But it’s from the B-pillar back where things get interesting. The shoulder line runs from the front fender all the way to the rear taillight, which gives it a low and aggressive look. Breaking that shoulder line up is a flared rear wheel arch that adds a muscularity to the X4 that makes it distinct from the X3.

Around back, it features revised taillights and a rear bumper borrowed from 5 Series.

There will be a few models available at launch, with the usual suspects of powertrain options as well as a new one. In the US, there will only be two at launch, the BMW X4 xDrive30i and the BMW X4 M40i. The former will use BMW’s typical B48 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The latter will use BMW’s B58 engine, rather than the old X4’s N55 engine, and it will make 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Both will be paired with the ubiquitous ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic and xDrive all-wheel drive. According to BMW, the X4 M40i can get from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, which is the same as the X3 M40i.

The videos below give us a closer look at the new BMW X4: