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BMW Introduces Its 2015 X4 “Sport Activity Coupe”

Ezekiel Wheeler

The 2015 BMW X4, which debuted at the New York International Auto Show in late April, is based on the taller X3 SUV but has a silhouette similar to that of the X6 “Sport Activity Coupe”—a term coined by the German carmaker to connote the crossover SUV’s coupe-like curves and performance. The X4 is available with two high-performance engine options: The X4 xDrive35i variant includes BMW’s flagship TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine, which offers 300 hp and 300 ft lbs of torque for a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.2 seconds, and early indicators show that it will be capable of achieving more than 30 mpg, though official fuel-consumption figures are not yet available; the X4 xDrive28i variant includes a 2-liter 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo that produces 240 hp. Both versions offer BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system and a wealth of standard features, including sport steering, BMW’s Performance Control, a leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, and an electric tailgate; smart parking assistance is optional. M Sport and xLine trim packages are also available as options. The cabin of the X4 has generous amounts of space for up to five people, thanks to the standard 40:20:40-split rear-seat backrest. Pricing for the X4 starts at $45,625. Both variants are expected to go on sale in the United States this July. (www.bmwusa.com)

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