2019 BMW X4 Australian details announced, M40i confirmed

BMW Australia is getting ready to launch the updated 2019 BMW X4 range, announcing initial specs, lineup details and pricing for the stylish coupe-like SUV before its arrival later this year.

This is now the second-generation X4, first unveiled in February this year. Like the latest ‘G01’ X3 mid-size SUV, the new ‘G02′ X4 rides on BMW’s CLAR platform which is shared with vehicles such as the latest 5 Series and 7 Series. It adopts a longitudinal/rear-drive powertrain configuration like the outgoing X4, while packing in a fresh design and updated technology.

Four main variant lines are heading for Aussie showrooms, spanning from the X4 xDrive20i, to the xDrive20d, xDrive30i, to the new X4 M40i from M Performance. This is the first time an M Performance versions is being offered here. All variants come standard with the M Sport trimming package.

Powering the entry 20i is a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder producing 135kW and 290Nm, sent through an eight-speed automatic and into a four-wheel drive system. Sprinting from 0-100km/h takes a claimed 8.3 seconds.

Moving up to the 30i gets you a tweaked version of the same engine, developing 185kW and 350Nm, capable of bringing down the 0-100km/h time to a brisk 6.3 seconds. However, if it’s performance you want though you need the new M40i.

The M40i comes with a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol inline six engine that generates a stout 265kW and 500Nm. Across the 0-100km/h run, the clock stops in a claimed 4.8 seconds, making it the quickest X4 yet. It also comes with an M Sport rear differential and tweaked xDrive all-wheel drive system, as well as sports suspension and brakes to support sporty driving.

For the economy-minded buyers, there’s the 20d. It uses a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produces 140kW and 400Nm, taking down the 0-100km/h dash in a respectable 8.0 seconds. Fuel economy on the official combined cycle is yet to be confirmed, but the outgoing 20d version uses 5.4L/100km.

In terms of the new technologies, the cabin incorporates BMW’s latest 10.25-inch touch-capable infotainment unit with the new iDrive operating system, while the driver gets a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster. As standard all variants will come with head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, LED headlights and taillights, digital radio, adaptive suspension, and multiple driving modes.

Some of the highlight features for each variant are listed below. The new model is scheduled to arrive in Australia during the third quarter of this year. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2019 BMW X4 xDrive20i M Sport – $76,900
2019 BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport – $79,900
2019 BMW X4 xDrive30i M Sport – $83,900
2019 BMW X4 M40i M Performance – $109,900

Standard highlights for xDrive20i and xDrive20d:

  • Airbags for driver and front passenger, head and side airbags with seat occupancy detection for driver and passenger sides, driver’s knee airbag
  • Dynamic Stability Control with ABS and Dynamic Traction Control
  • BMW Head-Up Display
  • Cruise Control with braking function
  • Driving Assistant with Approach Control Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning and Speed Limit Info
  • Parking Assistant Plus including Rear View Camera, fully automated parking assistant with Active Park Distance Control, Surround View, Panorama View and 3D View
  • LED Headlights with extended contents, including cornering lights and LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Rear LED taillights
  • Interior rear-view and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle function
  • Lights package, including footwell lights, door exits, reading lights and vanity mirrors
  • Rain sensor, including automatic headlight activation
  • M Sport Package
  • Adaptive Suspension
  • 19-inch M light alloy wheels
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line
  • Sports front seats for driver and front passenger with side bolster adjustment
  • Cloth/leather ‘Vernasca’ upholstery
  • Front electric seat adjustment with driver’s memory function
  • M leather multi-function steering wheel
  • BMW Individual headliner anthracite
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Three-zone climate control air conditioning
  • Storage compartment package
  • Through loading system with 40:20:40 split
  • BMW Connected+
  • ConnectedDrive Services including BMW Online and BMW Apps
  • Intelligent Emergency Call
  • Real-Time Traffic Information
  • Remote services including send-to-car, cabin pre-conditioning and remote unlocking/locking via smartphone app
  • TeleServices
  • Navigation system Professional with 10.25-inch colour touch display
  • DAB+ digital radio tuner
  • Six-speaker stereo system
  • Enhanced telephony with extended smartphone connectivity including Bluetooth connectivity for up to two devices

Standard highlights for the xDrive30i:

  • Eight-speed sports automatic transmission
  • Leather ‘Vernasca’ upholstery
  • Comfort Access
  • Multi-functional instrument display with 12.3-inch colour screen and black panel technology
  • M Sport Brakes
  • Driving Assistant Plus including Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, front cross-traffic warning, Steering & Lane Control Assistant and Lane Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Warning
  • Adaptive LED headlights with High-beam Assistant and BMW Selective Beam
  • 20-inch BMW M light alloy wheels

Standard highlights for the M40i:

  • Adaptive M Suspension, with specific tuning
  • M Sport differential
  • Cerium grey exterior design elements
  • 21-inch BMW M light alloy wheels
  • Panorama glass sunroof
  • 16-speaker harman/kardon Surround Sound System
  • Ambient light, offering six configurable interior colour themes
  • Sensatec instrument panel
  • Poplar Grain fine-wood interior trim
  • Lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • Seat heating for driver and front passenger
  • ConnectedDrive Freedom Package, including Concierge Services with 24/7 assistance via the ConnectedDrive Call Centre