2019 BMW X4 Arrives Bigger Yet Lighter And Sleeker Than Before

BMW practically invented the crossover coupe with the launch of the X6 in 2007. Seven years later, it rolled out not only the second-generation X6, but downsized the same formula into the smaller X4. And now it’s revealed the replacement for that model, too.

Set to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next month, the new 2019 BMW X4 is both larger and altogether more advanced than the model it replaces.

In its second iteration, the “sports activity coupe” has grown by over three inches in length and an inch and a half in width, riding on a 2-inch longer wheelbase. (Height remains about the same at 0.1 inches lower.) That hasn’t stopped the engineers from trimming as much as 110 pounds off the curb weight, though, with a lower center of gravity and perfect 50/50 weight distribution for optimal handling.

The designers have also integrated LED head, tail and fog lights, and active air vents, and streamlined the shape to a slippery drag coefficient of 0.30. Under that slanted roofline, they’ve still managed to fit an 18.5-cubic-foot luggage compartment – which may not seem like much for a crossover, but it’s still more than you’d find in a 3 Series sedan. Fold the rear seats down (in a variable 40:20:40 split) and that figure expands to over 50 cubic feet. And a proliferation of stowage areas help with the versatility aspect as well.

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

The cockpit has been redesigned around the driver, with a lower instrument panel and a higher seating position for a more commanding view of the road ahead. The extended exterior dimensions translate to more legroom for the back seats, too, with a panoramic moonroof to enjoy the view out the top.

There’s an oversized 10.25-inch touchscreen, optional head-up display (now 75 percent larger), and both gesture- and voice-control functionality. And there’s a wide array of active safety systems on offer, too – including active cruise control, lane-keeping assist, cross-traffic warning, parking assistant, around-view monitor… everything, in short, that you’d expect from the latest premium German offering.

Globally, the new X4 will be offered with three gasoline and four diesel engine options, ranging in output from 184 horsepower and 360. US buyers will choose between two models: The xDrive30i packs a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at 252 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque to deliver a 0-62 time of 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph. The M40i performance model boasts a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 360 hp and 369 lb-ft for a 4.8-second 0-62 time and a 155-mph top speed.

The lower-spec xDrive20i (with 184 hp) and three diesels (with 190, 231, and 265 hp respectively) we’re fine doing without. But the M40d (the version pictured) is a tempting proposition, with 326 hp and a massive 501 lb-ft of torque to match the M40i model’s top speed and come in just a tenth behind its 0-62 time (at 4.9 seconds) – but return much better fuel economy on oil: as much as 47.9 mpg on the Euro cycle instead of 31.4.

All engines come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive as standard. The Bavarian automaker will also offer an array of packages – including xLine, M Sport X, and M Sport – to help customers cater their vehicle to their taste. Wheels range in size from 19 to 21 inches, and further options from BMW Individual stand to make it even more personal.

To date, BMW has sold over 200,000 X4s around the world, including nearly 20,000 in the US. These improvements ought to help it sell even more. The 2019 BMW X4 reaches US dealers in July, priced from $50,450 for the four-cylinder model, and $60,450 for the M40i.

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  • Bash

    Are we going to see a lot of red cars posts today?

    • TheHake

      I’ve never had a red car. 🙁

      • salamOOn

        if im gonna buy a car today, only blue or red one.

        • TheHake

          Fitting your Spandex suit? 😉

          • salamOOn

            wow, thats pretty good analogy…. i never thought of it.

            but nah, i just like bright colours in white-silver-grey-black mass…. and its good for your safety to be visible on the road. (but i dont like yellow).

          • TheHake

            I hate all these drab White, Black, Silver cars. It’s terrible. My last 3 cars were blue, so I’ll have to go for something else next time.

        • Nordschleife

          It’s funny I want my next car to be be either gray or red. I am used to driving black or blue cars but I’d love a red like this BMW or the cardinal red of Mercedes.

      • Bash

        Then me and you are lucky for that, you see i was talking to a friend of mine who happen to be an African Belgium, and he told me its not a lucky color from where he came from or his grandfathers at least , but why the sad face? Personally, I cant be seen in a red car; i like the color, but not as a car (except of Ferrari’s). Now my current car interior is radar red as mentioned by the dealer when i bought my Charger, this is different, i don’t mind a red interior.

        • TheHake

          I won’t mind a red GTI, or even a red A4. I’m just don’t want a white or black car. They are all over. And I’ve had enough blue ones now. Maybe time for a something in British Racing Green. My problem with red interiors are that they don’t age well.

          • Bash

            …. British Racing Green, i wish car makers offer that color more.

          • Nordschleife

            All them damn E36 and VW Jetta’s ruined green. Lol.

      • Bash

        Plus its Valentine, and i thought we’ll see several post with red cars ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Christian

      So you’re sayin that White is the true and only color? Like White privlige?

  • Matt

    Am I the only one who can’t hide the thumbnails on the gallery anymore? They’re obscuring the photos.

    • Evo45

      Same here, it’s kind of annoying.

    • supermanuel

      Me too. V. irritating.

      • JohnCarscoop

        It’s a bug guys, we’ll fix it ASAP

  • gor134

    Looks so much better than the GLC Coupe. Also, the side profile reminds me of the Hyundai I30 Sportback or whatever it was called.

    • TheHake

      I much prefer the GLC Coupe to this.

    • Dennis James

      I think it copied the GLC coupe stance.

      • Ermal Morina

        I know right,the Irony. Mercedes copied the X6 model with the GLE,then created the GLC coupe,and now the rear of the X4 is a straight off copy from the GLC coupe.

        • Kaisuke971

          So the X4 copied a smaller version of an X6 copy ? Which means the X4 is a smaller X6 Copy ? But since it’s a BMW, it’s just a smaller X6 then ? Could it just be an X4 :O

          You guys don’t even know what you’re saying anymore…

          • Ermal Morina

            pretty sure I was clear on that.
            feel sorry for you tho

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    50K for the entry level? OMG!

  • TheHake

    I don’t like the Angry Birds Pig face on the new gen X3/X4.

    • ZYGIUS

      X2 has pig face

  • cashifyer

    Like the taillights (even though they look like the Mercedes ones) but the front lights are too lame and rounded.
    Also, they ruined the shape of the windows at the back.

  • salamOOn

    so you have black window trims, but you put chrome rings around logos…. great detailing 😀
    + both bumpers and rear lamps are terrible.


    Rear is super sexy, but the front… Common BMW is it so difficult or expensive to make different headlights from X3?

    • eb110americana

      Agreed. The taillight “light blades” on new Bimmers are good look for them. The front looks as overdone with fake vents and angles as the Honda Civic hatch.

  • StrangerGP

    It’s horrible, makes the GLC/GLE Coupes look good.

  • Thomas

    Another scary monster by BMW. How can they design so bad is kind of an achievement. They miss everything : proportions, volumes, surfaces.
    It’s an ode to bad taste.

  • Walter Bova

    the side view is much heavier than the old one. Not a good work.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Front doesn’t match the sleeker rear and the M-bumper is still ugly.

  • Nihar

    I thought it was a recall on the older model.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    For the love of Christ, will you stop calling it a coupe…

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    I hate the New hoffmeister kink design language looks like hatchback more than liftback or coupeish roof

  • Six Thousand Times

    Ugly. Expected nothing less.

  • Enter Ranting

    What a pointless car.

  • Don’t get this car…paying quite a premium over the X3 and getting a lesser car…

  • SteersUright

    Its ugly, but at least BMW seems to be stepping up its interiors.