The visual differences between the new X4 and old X4 could be rightly considered an eye test. The options list now includes electrically adjustable seats that can be heated and ventilated, three-zone climate control and a larger panoramic glass roof than in the old vehicle.
All X4 models come as standard with a good range of active safety kit. Larger, lighter and more powerful, the new SUV is on sale now from £42,900. Buyers will be able to select between various trimming colours and options, with the M Performance models getting sports seats and M highlights.
Despite this, BMW says it has saved up to 50kg in weight depending on the specification, and reduced aerodynamic drag by around 10%. Both set-ups run iDrive infotainment and navigation software, which is among the best in the business both for the features it offers and for its ease of use. An optional storage package adds hinged compartments, USB ports and hooks for the boot. It accelerates to 62MPH in eight seconds and returns an average consumption of 52.3mpg and Carbon dioxide emissions of 142g/km.
For worldwide markets, the X4 will be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines - a 2.0-litre petrol in 184hp and 252hp states of tune, a 2.0-litre diesel in 190hp and 231hp tunes, a 360hp, 3.0-litre petrol mill and a 326hp, 3.0-litre diesel motor.
Other new features include a larger panoramic moonroof and 3-zone climate control system.
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The four-wheel-drive system operates in conjunction with a standard Performance Control function (which provides torque-vectoring) and BMW's Driving Experience Control system (which allows the driver choose between Sport, Comfort and Eco-Pro drive modes). With 187bhp, this engine should have no trouble getting you up to motorway speeds. These improvements ought to help it sell even more.
But the core-selling model for the X4 is expected to be the 20d armed with 190hp 2.0-litre diesel-turbo, eight-speed automatic and xDrive four-wheel drive. It also comes with additional performance upgrades like bigger brakes and adaptive dampers for the suspension. If you do wish to venture off road, then the new X4 can tackle steeper hills and ford deeper rivers than before.
BMW has only released pricing information for the entry-level X4 20d (£42,900) and M40d (£55,315), but more specs and prices will revealed in full when the X4 makes its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 8 - 18 March. At that price, the X4 is slightly more expensive than the rival GLC Coupé but remains a comparative bargain next to the Macan.
On the topic of storage, the new X4 offers an impressive 525 litres of cargo capacity behind the second row of seats, up 25L on the current vehicle, expanding to 1430L with the rear bench folded - an improvement of 30L over the outgoing model.