At least among the production vehicles, the new BMW X4 M40d G02 at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 is probably the most important premiere with Munich roots. Our live photos from Geneva show the M Performance model M40d in strong flamenco red metallic. After more than 200,000 units of the first generation, the SUV coupe based on the X3 opens the second chapter in X4 history and relies on a distinctly independent design. If the front remains extremely close to the X3, the X4 pursues an independent design philosophy from the A-pillar.
In addition to the coupe-like roof line, the completely unique design of the rear lights is particularly striking. Compared to its predecessor, the new BMW X4 G02 is 8.1 centimeters longer, offers 5.4 centimeters more wheelbase and is 3.7 centimeters wider. While the former dimensions have all grown, the height of the roof line has been lowered by 3 millimeters. Since the position of the license plate has moved from the tailgate to the rear apron compared to its predecessor, confusion between the two generations is practically impossible.
As usual with BMW, the weight of the new X4 is 50:50 between the two axles. Depending on the engine, the curb weight could be reduced by up to 50 kilograms despite the larger dimensions, which, together with the further developed all-wheel drive technology, should ensure noticeably more driving dynamics. xDrive distributes the power in a fully variable manner in all models and prefers the rear axle in order to provide the driving experience of a particularly high-traction rear-wheel drive vehicle. On board as standard is Performance Control, which ensures optimum power distribution between the rear wheels.
As the BMW X4 M40d G02, the SUV coupe completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds. In addition to the xDrive all-wheel drive and the standard eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, this is primarily due to the B57 biturbo in-line six-cylinder, which starts with 326 hp and 680 Nm of torque.
The optically identical BMW X4 M40i, which is powered by a 360 hp petrol engine, will follow even more powerfully and therefore a little faster from production in August. The in-line six-cylinder delivers 360 hp and 500 Newton meters of torque, so the sprint to country road speed even takes 4.8 seconds.