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First BMW X4 In India Spotted In Chennai: The new BMW X4 will be launched in India in the first quarter of 2019 and it is one of the latest additions in the growing SUV coupe trend in the global automotive market. Slotted between the X3 and X5 range of SUVs under the Bavarian car brand's product portfolio, the BMW X4 is a mix of everyday practicality and weekend sportiness. It was only recently when the brand launched the much-awaited M2 Competition.
Now, DriveSpark reader, Rahul Prakash has shared the spy pic of the first BMW X4 in India. Spotted in the outskirts of Chennai, the BMW X4 in question was not carrying any forms of camouflage and could have been undergoing homologation. If you observe closely, you can see the spied BMW X4 is in the M30i trim.
The new BMW X4 follows the same styling approach as its elder sibling, the X6 — sloping roof like a coupe; but still an SUV. The BMW X6 is already on sale in India, but is available only in the high-performance X6 ‘M' format.
Some of the design elements of the above-shown BMW X4can be different from that of its global versions. For instance, the X4 models sold in the US and UK would get bigger wheels, while the Indian versions might get them as an optional extra.
The front design is somewhat similar to that of the newly-launched X3 since both SUVs are based on the same platform. However, the BMW X4 is 44mm longer, 27mm wider and 55mm lower than the new X3, even though the wheelbase is the same.
It is, of course, the design towards the rear which makes all the difference. Car enthusiasts often see SUV coupes as a plague covering the automotive industry, especially due to their weird proportions. Even though they look unusual and kill the rear headroom, the demand for such models is immense.
Powering the BMW X4 M30i is a 2.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which makes 248bhp and 350Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends the power to all four wheels via the XDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Expected prices for the new BMW X4 are in the range of Rs 65 — 70 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). Once launched, it will be a cheaper and less powerful alternative to the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43.
Thoughts On The BMW X4 Spy Pic From India
The three German brands (Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz) are following a rather interesting market strategy — introducing models in every price category possible. The BMW X4 is a good example of this and it will appeal to buyers who can afford an X3, but want a little more. As of now, there is no official news regarding the BMW X4 in India. Furthermore, being a sportiness-based vehicle, we cannot expect a diesel version of the X4 either.