2018 NYIAS: The new BMW X4 makes American debut

Auto Shows, BMW X4, News | March 28th, 2018 by 11
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It’s no secret that America loves its SUVs. What does it seem to love more than SUVs? Coupe-like SUVs. Or, in BMW-speak, “SACs” (Sport Activity …

It’s no secret that America loves its SUVs. What does it seem to love more than SUVs? Coupe-like SUVs. Or, in BMW-speak, “SACs” (Sport Activity Coupes). Don’t ask me why, because I don’t have a solid answer for you, but Americans love SUVs that look sportier than their traditional counterparts, even if that means eating into cargo space and rear headroom. Thankfully, these sorts of “SACs” are getting quite interesting, as with this new BMW X4.

We’ve already seen the X4 but this is its first time on American soil, as it’s just made its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show.

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The BMW X4 shown here is the M40i variant, the M Performance model that packs more power, more performance and a sportier, more aggressive demeanor. Under the hood lies a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6, BMW’s B58 engine, that makes 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired up with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Despite being a pretty large and heavy SUV, excuse me SAC, that B58 engine can get it from 0-60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, which is properly quick for something of its size.

We haven’t driven the X4 M40i yet but we have driven the X3 M40i and it’s a superb all-around performance machine. So we’re very much looking forward to getting some time behind the wheel of this.

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The first BMW X4 was a polarizing car. Its styling was a bit odd and it had a love-it-or-hate-it design. However, we think this new, second-generation model is much better looking. The design is more cohesive and it’s far smoother than before. Oddly enough, it’s almost a mirror image of the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe (which is also in NY), so it’s for sure a handsome car.

It’s not as good looking as the X3 M40i, at least to these eyes, but it’s definitely a bit more visually interesting and will surely attract some buyers over.

11 responses to “2018 NYIAS: The new BMW X4 makes American debut”

  1. Julien says:

    Looks like an old 5GT with suspension shipping blocks not yet removed.

  2. LtWorf says:

    no m sport steering wheel on the M40i????

  3. Central Lifestyle says:

    So is that M40i engine producing 355hp or 360hp in this new X4? ‘Keep seeing both figures being quoted for the very same car. BMW website says 360hp. Everyone else, including this blog, keeps quoting 355hp.

  4. Andrew Arnold says:

    I love my current X4m40i, I can’t wait to swap my lease out for the new one.

    • Central Lifestyle says:

      You lucky munchkin. They never offered that for sale here in the U.K. ‘Had to settle for the 35d variant in M-Sport :(
      I hear that previous gen M40i variant has some go to it. This new version, as well as the X4M (when released), are going to be absolute weapons. Can’t wait to rub the smug smiles off the face of Macan boys.

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