The current BMW X4 has only been with us since 2014, but an all-new second-generation of the luxury crossover SUV is soon to be unveiled after images of it from America have been widely circulated for a while now. All BMW SUVs are highly desirable, but the sporty stance and seductive sloping coupe roofline giving the BMW X4 the look of a smaller version of the BMW X6 makes it a particularly sought-after model. So, here's what we know about it so far.
If there's one thing we know will be changing when we finally get the all-new BMW X4, it's the exterior styling. Although from what we've seen there are differences enthusiasts will immediately notice, it has to be said it seems unlikely that new model will change radically enough to date the existing model too badly as far as most buyers are concerned. The front-fascia of the 2018 BMW X4 has obviously drawn inspiration from the recently unveiled the BMW X3, with some slimmer headlights, a more upright nose and a very sizeable version of the classic kidney grille. The lower section of the front bumper is dominated by a large centre opening that give the face a more aggressive look. It has to be said though, that this intake could turn out to be a specific feature of an M Performance variant, as well the large air intakes and chrome bar running horizontally also seen on some occasions.
Perhaps the biggest styling changes can be seen from the rear and the side of the new model. The swooping roofline is now more accentuated than the existing model, and the taillights are now considerably slimmer than before and wrap around into the body more than ever.
There's nothing confirmed yet as far as engines and transmissions are concerned, but the general consensus is that the new 2018 BMW X4 will have the same powertrain lineup as the BMW X3 in most markets. Here in Ireland that therefore means an all diesel lineup, although in the current climate, the four-cylinder petrol could be a possibility, and the plug-in hybrid we already know is destined for some markets is also likely to be offered sooner or later. The smallest of the engines is therefore likely to be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, which develops 190 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. Then there will be two versions of a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel; one developing 258 horsepower and 560 Nm and the other putting out 313 horsepower and a massive 630 Nm of torque.
We know it's certain there's going to be an M version of the new BMW X4 at some point as BMW has already stated it wants to be able to offer M versions of almost every model by 2019, and in many cases two or more. What engine it's likely to have under the bonnet is open to speculation, but whatever appears in an BMW X3 M is probably going to be a good guess.
For more information about the upcoming all-new 2018 BMW X4 and to be at the front of the queue for a test drive when it finally arrives, get in touch with us today here at Kearys BMW.