German luxury carmaker, BMW has officially confirmed that it will launch the new BMW X4 in the Indian market. Adding to it, the X4 Coupe will be locally assembled to achieve competitive pricing. It will be imported to India as a Completely Knocked-Down Kits from BMW Plant Spartanburg (USA) and then assembled at the BMW Group Plant Chennai.
The BMW X4 is basically the coupe version of the BMW X3. The first generation X4 was not introduced in India as local assembly was not possible. The locally assembled BMW X4 will directly rival the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. The new-generation model is built on the new CLAR platform, which makes it 50kgs lighter than the previous model. Moreover, the aerodynamic drag is claimed to have been reduced by around 10%. This Sports Activity Coupe now comes with a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.30 Cd.
The BMW X4 is 81mm longer and 37mm wider than the previous model. The wheelbase of the coupe has been increased by 54mm, which translates into more cabin space. The height of the car has been reduced by 3mm, which improves the overall sporty stance of the cross. Short overhangs and powerfully formed, subtly hexagonal wheel arches emphasise the perfectly balanced 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle.
The BMW X4 comes with coupe-styled roofline that merges into the back glass elegantly, which further slides to the rear. This is the most noticeable difference in the all-new model. The Coupe gets a large BMW-signature kidney grille in three-dimensional look, which is flanked by twin headlight units with dynamic contours and horizontal foglamps integrated into the outer air intakes. This setup form a new interpretation of the familiar six-eyed face espoused by BMW X models. All of the light functions feature LED technology as standard.
At the back, the BMW X4 gets clearly structured surfaces and horizontal lines shape.The LED rear lights, with their three-dimensional shaping, are slim in design and positioned at the extreme edges of the rear. Together with the twin exhaust tailpipes (shared by all engine variants), they magnify the width of the rear end. The BMW X4 is equipped with several high-end features like 21-inch alloy wheels, digital key fob, 12.3-inch instrument cluster, full-colour head-up display, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control, powered and heated seats and active seat ventilation, and 3-zone automatic climate control.
For the Indian market, the BMW X4 is likely to be available with 2.0-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engine. While the former is capable of producing 190PS of power and 400Nm of torque, the gasoline unit is good for 242PS and 350Nm of torque. An 8-speed automatic gearbox and an AWD system will come as standard. Likely to cost around Rs 70 lakh, the new X4 is likely to go on sale by the end of March 2019.