The new BMW X4 is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in September 2018, with the local range initially comprising the xDrive20i, xDrive 20d and M40i derivatives. In the first quarter of 2019, the M40d (read our first drive of this model here) is expected to join the line-up.
The second-generation X4 is 81 mm longer and 37 mm wider than the model it replaces, while its wheelbase has been stretched a further 54 mm to 2 864 mm. Load space can be expanded from a claimed 525 litres to a maximum of 1 430 litres by folding down sections of the rear backrest (which is split 40:20:40).
So, how much are we looking at? Well, the xDrive20d, which employs a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine worth 140 kW and 400 N.m, comes in at R850 542, while the xDrive20i (with the Bavarian brand’s familiar 135 kW/290 N.m 2,3-litre turbo-four) is ever-so-slightly dearer at R854 337.
And the big daddy of the range? Well, the M40i will set you back R1 148 185, which buys you a six-cylinder inline petrol unit turbocharged to produce 265 kW and 500 N.m. That's enough, says BMW, for a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4,8 seconds.
All models employ an eight-speed Steptronic transmission (with shift paddles) and xDrive all-wheel drive as standard. The M Performance derivative furthermore comes equipped with 20-inch light-alloy wheels, M Sport brakes and an M Sport differential.
BMW X4 xDrive20d: R850 542
BMW X4 xDrive20i: R854 337
BMW X4 M40i: R1 148 185
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