2015 BMW X4 Debuts At 2014 New York Auto Show

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If there's one proven way for BMW to juice sales and expand its reach into yet another vehicular niche, it's by creating a pricier, coupelike version of an existing car. The BMW X5 begat the X6, the 6 Series coupe and 5 Series sedan begat the 6 Series Gran Coupe, and recently the 3 Series sedan/4 Series coupe birthed the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Now it's time for the X3 crossover to go under the chopping block, resulting in the 2015 BMW X4 that debuts at the 2014 New York auto show.

BMW calls the X4 a Sports Activity Vehicle, noting that its more coupelike roofline infers sportiness. Compared with an X3, the 2015 BMW X4 is 0.6 inch longer but 1.5 inches lower. The roof reaches its apogee above the heads of the driver and front-seat passenger and then plummets over the rear seats before joining the sloped power liftgate. Large black air intakes at either side of the front fascia and a swage line that splits just above the rear wheels provide further visual distinction between the X3 and the X4.

There is less distinction under the hood, as powertrain choices are identical to those in the X3. The X4 xDrive28i uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four rated for 240 hp. Its 6.0-second sprint to 60 mph beats the equivalent X3 by 0.6 second. The X4 xDrive35i's 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six helps that model effect a 5.2-second run to 60 mph, a 0.3-second improvement versus the X3 xDrive35i. Both X4 models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. A function called Performance Control, which can brake the outside rear wheel to improve cornering turn-in, is also standard.

Extensive List of Technologies

The inside of the BMW X4 follows the pattern established by the X3. The dashboard could come from any modern BMW: Two analog gauges and a small LCD screen sit behind the three-spoke steering wheel, a widescreen iDrive screen sits at the top of the center stack, and BMW's new Touchpad iDrive controller is positioned to the right of the joystick-like shifter. However, cargo space is down 9.9 cubic feet to just 17.7 cubic feet and falls by 13.9 cubic feet to only 49.4 with the back seats lowered.

The list of available technologies includes the fuel-sipping Eco Pro mode; a color head-up display; adaptive cruise control; pedestrian and forward-collision warning; blind-spot detection; a 360-degree camera system; BMW ConnectedDrive and BMW Apps connectivity; and Proactive Driving Assistant, which can preemptively tell the driver to slow down when he or she is approaching an area with a lower speed limit.

In typical BMW fashion, the X4 can be equipped with a racy M Sport package. It brings new fascias as part of the M Aerodynamics pack, gloss-black exterior trim, a sport suspension, sport seats, an anthracite-colored headliner, a leather-wrapped M steering wheel, M-branded doorsill plates, and 19- or 20-inch M-specific wheels.

Commensurate Price Bump

The 2015 BMW X4 goes on sale this spring after its debut in New York. Pricing is considerably higher than that of an X3. However, part of the price increase is due to the fact that several items that are optional on an X3 are standard on the X4: rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, Performance Control, variable-assist sport power steering, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles. The BMW X4 xDrive28i has a $5825 premium and starts at $45,625 after destination. The xDrive35i model is $4025 pricier than an equivalent X3 at $48,925.

Creig Moser
No. Just....no. Between the X6, this hideous monstrosity, a hatchback 5 series and having series #'s 1-7 the "Ultimate Driving Machine" is very quickly losing its luster.
Greg Lewis
Wasnt the X6 bad enough?
I've always been a fan of the X6 and now they are coming out with a baby version and most likely affordable. I just hope the it's not just a fade. It has a aggressive look to it. I wish they would of added quad dual exhaust and a panoramic roof. Other then that I can't wait to actually test drive it. 
Sunny Sahu
Detail Xperts
Personally, I think it's about time BMW steps up their game. No more expansions. Come up with something that sticks. :) `Rhyza
Joe Lussier
Freddy Kyngofpop Burris
Brandt Love
BMW should have done better market research.
Lee Klein
I'd be embarrassed being seen in one, as it is so god-awful ugly. Can't tell you the last time I saw an X6 on the road. These things should be crushed.
Robert May
Rasolonjatovo Thomson
mini X6 as we can see
Kris Hopkins
Solid front and front 3/4 view that I find fails when one inspects the solid panel inlets (why bother then?) below the fog lights and the horrible rear end.
Carlos Andres Solis Camacho
3 series gt
Steven Matthew Myers
I think it's hideous and that BMW's are no longer special; just damn expensive.
Erik Summa
As someone who owns a 2001 Subaru Outback Limited Sedan with 34K miles, I think I'm one of the few who gets the concept of this vehicle (Sport Utility Sedan). As for its ability to produce meaningful sales volume, that's another story.
Piotr Majewski
Quick-play Redline
x6 replica ?
Palaniappan Palaniappan
bmw u na summava Typed with Panini Keypad
Kevin Staweke
I like it, it's bold
Alan McCaw
Probably won't do well in sales just like the x6. Waste of time and materials. Still think other luxury brands are doing better!
John Kurtz
Bobby Rorer
Jake Chapman
They're getting more specialized than Starbucks. A little out of hand. The really isn't anything great left in the BMW lineup. I'd be taking my money elsewhere.
Sagar Srivastava
Confused about looks.....sometimes its good & sometimes bad
Roy Spence
I think they've gotten lost since the BMW E39
wow, I thought Honda Crosstour had cornered the market on ugly monstrosities?
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