At first glimpse, the newly unveiled 2019 BMW X4 doesn’t look too different from the existing generation of BMW’s stylish SUV. While the exterior styling doesn’t change dramatically, the German automaker packs the latest generation with upgrades for staying competitive in a highly competitive segment. It’ll go on sale in the United States in July 2018.
The X4 features a visibly larger grille, but the SUV looks otherwise generally the same as the previous generation. Despite the similar aesthetic, the model’s footprint grows by 3 inches (76.2 millimeters) in length, 2.1 inches (53.3 mm) in wheelbase, and 1.4 inches (35.6 mm) in width. Standard ride height drops by 0.1 inch (2.54 mm). Inside, rear passengers have an additional inch (25.4 mm) of legroom. Even though the SUV is larger, aerodynamic drag is down 10 percent.
BMW equips the new X4 with a vast array of standard equipment, including LED headlights. All of them get a 10.25-inch infotainment display on top of the center stack with navigation, and there’s safety assists like front collision warning, city collision mitigation and braking, and pedestrian detection. In a luxurious touch, a panoramic moonroof and three-zone climate control are among the universal features, too.
The standard X4 comes with Glacier Silver metallic trim for the front and rear underbody guards, and there’s satin aluminum finish trim around the side windows. Inside, there are high-end touches like Dark Oak wood trim and pearl-finish chrome The M Performance trim uses high-gloss black trim for the side skirts and the exterior aprons at the front and rear, and it has sport seats inside.
The base model of the 2019 X4 is the xDrive30i that uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. The only available drivetrain is an eight-speed automatic that routes through an all-wheel-drive system. The crossover requires six seconds to reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour). Prices for it will start at $50,450 plus an undisclosed destination charge.
Buyers looking for more performance can get the M40i with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that makes 355 hp (265 kW) and 365 lb-ft (495 Nm). Like the 30i, it uses an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The result is a crossover that reaches 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The M40i also comes with performance upgrades like larger brakes and a suspension with adaptive dampers Prices for the higher level trim start at $60,450.
BMW doesn’t give everything away, and there are plenty of options on the 2019 X4. Buyers can boost the model’s tech with features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Jam Assist. A 360-degree camera system with Top, Panorama, and 3D view options is also available to help with parking.