First Look: 2015 BMW X4

One look at the BMW X4 immediately draws you in: from its aggressive front-end to its dramatic coupe-like roof. A vehicle quite like this hasn't been seen since the polarizing Acura ZDX. Other than the inevitable looks from passerbys, BMW's new SUV entry promises to bring sporty driving and plenty of luxury for buyers. You can expect to see some resemblance to the X3, which is this vehicle's closest cousin. The 2015 BMW X4 will make its world debut at the New York Auto Show in April. It is scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships later this spring.

What's New

The BMW X4 is an all-new model. On the outside, the X4 features large air intakes, aggressive body lines, and LED fog lights to give it a sporty look. This vehicle is just slightly longer than the X3, but it is significantly lower to the ground. The X4's slanted roof brings some unique character to the vehicle, although it will likely result in decreased utility in the back. The interior complements the car's sporty look with aluminum trim, electroplated accents, and high-gloss finishes throughout the cabin.
BMW promises more standard features on the X4 than on the X3. Standard features on this new model include power tailgate, sport leather steering wheel, shift paddles, variable sport steering, iDrive, parking assist, and Performance Control. As options, BMW offers a head-up display, active drive assist features, and an M Sport line that brings some sporty cosmetic changes. When opting for the available navigation system, buyers receive BMW's iDrive Controller with a touchpad, allowing users to write out their navigation commands with their fingers.

Engine and Drivetrain

The same engine options on the X3 are also available on the new X4. The base model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 240 horsepower. The upgraded 3.0-liter inline six produces 300 horsepower and allows the X4 to reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.2 seconds. Both models include an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. For better fuel economy, the X4 comes with an automatic start/stop function which shuts of the engine when the vehicle is idling, helping to preserve fuel.

Our Thoughts

At first glance, the X4 screams Acura ZDX, a model that wasn't particularly popular with buyers. Perhaps the BMW X4 will perform better. Still, we believe that this vehicle will be a low-volume model, considering its limited practicality. We think that the BMW X3 and X5 will be more worthy entries in the luxury SUV marketplace.