Cars Opinion: Will this be second time lucky for the BMW X4?

19:47  14 february  2018
19:47  14 february  2018 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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The new BMW X 4 (pictured) lands just four years after its predecessor. The old car (pictured) struggled to compete with rivals. Close. We didn’t do a great job last time around. This time , we’ve done better. So how about a second chance?”

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The new BMW X4 (pictured) lands just four years after its predecessor © Autocar The new BMW X4 (pictured) lands just four years after its predecessor

Four years is a particularly short life cycle for any new car, and in the BMW X4’s case it’s indicative of a will to quickly put right what was wrong about the original version. It was consistently outsold by the Porsche Macan in both Europe and North America, which BMW wouldn’t have expected given the X4’s significantly more attractive pricing proposition.

That the new car is longer, wider and lower to the ground can have only helped the X4’s designers address what matters most about these SUV-coupés: how they look.

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BMW also claims the new X 4 will take a big step forward in terms of handling The new X 4 will come with two four-cylinder petrol units and two four-cylinder diesels Opinion : Will this be second time lucky for the BMW X 4 ? A hard reset for the X 4 - but will it

The new BMW X 4 xDrive M40d. The cockpit has been redesigned around the driver, with a lower instrument panel and a higher seating position for a The M40i performance model boasts a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 360 hp and 369 lb-ft for a 4.8- second 0-62 time and a 155-mph top speed.

The fussy, awkward styling of the previous version did it few favours and this new one is certainly cleaner in its surfacing and better proportioned. It’s not a knockout styling success, at least to my eyes – and I can’t imagine very many people choosing one over a Macan or an Alfa Romeo Stelvio for design appeal alone. There, of course, subjectivity rules.

But styling wasn’t the only area in which the original X4 could have been better.

The old car (pictured) struggled to compete with rivals © Autocar The old car (pictured) struggled to compete with rivals My hope is that BMW has dealt with the car’s chassis tuning with a bit more commitment than it did last time out.

Four years ago, when the X4 and the Macan were both new, I wrote a twin test involving them in six-cylinder diesel forms and I remember the difference in kerbside allure, driver appeal and quality of dynamic finish being stark.

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You are here. Watch this roofless BMW X 5 conquer everything. We guess they must have run out of time to sand down the sharp edges. But you know the rules: keep your arms and legs in the vehicle at all times .

The 2019 BMW X 4 doesn’t look like a revolutionary departure from the outgoing car, but I might finally be falling under the crossover spell because this thing actually seems kind of The 355 horsepower “budget X6” M40i model is still the top of the range, with a claimed 0 to 60 time of 4.6 seconds .

This time, of course, alongside BMW’s stiffer chassis and lighter suspension, there will be a broader range of engines and proper, driver-focused M Performance models – so things could be much more even between the two cars.

This is the new BMW X4 © Autocar This is the new BMW X4

Now there’s the Stelvio and the Jaguar F-Pace to contend with too.

Still, it’s telling to me that BMW hasn’t waited to replace the car but has clearly brought it into showrooms as early as it could, straight after the launch of the G01-generation X3 with which it’s plainly closely related. It seems a bit like saying: “Hands up. We didn’t do a great job last time around. This time, we’ve done better. So how about a second chance?”

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