BMW X4 fills tall order

The BMW X4 has a similar front end to the X3 but its roofline slopes steeply downward toward the rear.
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BMW's new X4 is lower to the ground than the X3, on which it is based, because of its coupe styling, but the automaker has taken steps to ensure ensures that tall people will still feel comfortable inside. To compensate for the X4's small amount of headroom, engineers lowered the front seats by 20mm and the rear seats by 28mm compared with the X3.

Passengers up to 1.80 meters tall can sit comfortably, BMW says.

The X4’s steeply downward-sloping roofline at the rear also means that drivers have a restricted view from the small rear window when reversing. That’s why BMW offers its Park Distance Control as standard.

Fast facts
Besides its coupe styling, what things does the X4 offer that the X3 does not?
BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system comes as standard and the vehicle's suspension has been upgraded to provide better cornering.
Three gasoline and three diesel engines in Europe. In the U.S. market, the X4 will be offered with a choice of two gasoline engines.
Can it carry a lot of luggage?
Load capacity is 500 liters, which rises to 1,400 liters with the rear seat bench folded down. As an option, the tailgate can be opened with a movement of the foot.
Main markets?
China, USA, Germany and Italy.
Target buyers?
BMW says the X4 will appeal to customers who put a high value on design and individualism.

The system uses ultrasound sensors integrated into the rear bumper and an acoustic warning signal to warn drivers of the distance to the nearest large object behind the vehicle.

The basics
Launch date: July (global)
Base price: 45,600 euros (Germany)
Platform: KKL
Where built: Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
Lowest CO2 emissions: 138g/km
Main rivals: Porsche Macan, Range Rover Evoque

BMW created a market for coupe-styled SUVs like the X4 with the larger X6, which is a sportier-looking alternative to the X5. “We don’t copy,” BMW development chief Herbert Diess said. “We open new segments.”

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