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|Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:54 pm Post subject: BMW makes SUVs look luxurious
There SUVs, SAVs and SACs. Within the BMW ranks, the acronym SAV (for Sports Activity Vehicles) is applied as a reference to their SUV-type vehicles. In the summer of 2008, the German vehicle manufacturer officially added the SAC acronym for Sports Activity Coupe to the mix for the all-new BMW X6. The X6 blended the handling agility of a coupe with the versatility of an SAV in BMW鈥檚 new SAC form. Enter the 2015 BMW X4 28i xDrive 鈥?the newest .
The new BMW X4 xDrive is offered with a choice of two TwinPower Turbo engines: the X4 xDrive28i, featuring BMW鈥檚 240 horsepower 2.0-liter four cylinder engine; or, the top-of-line X4 xDrive35i propelled by BMW鈥檚 300 horsepower, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder motor. Both models come with an 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission with shift paddles as well as xDrive, BMW鈥檚 intelligent all-wheel drive system.
This newest Sports Activity Coupe delivers a unique expression of 鈥淭he Ultimate Driving Machine鈥?mantra. Compared to its BMW X3 stable-mate, the X4 projects its own personality and character, cutting an impressive figure with its balanced proportions and distinctive image. Large air intakes positioned at the outer edges of the front fascia and precise front apron character lines display a muscular persona, lowering its visual centre of gravity more closely to the road while showcasing a sharper dynamic. This effect is further enhanced by LED foglights positioned beneath the signature twin round headlights, defining the familiar face of every BMW X model.
In profile, the X4鈥檚 coupe-like roofline reaches its highest point over the front seats, reflecting the traditional driver focus of all BMWs, before sloping down gently toward the tailgate鈥檚 trailing edge. The stretched lines underscore the X4鈥檚 sporting coupe image.
The X4鈥檚 interior evokes a synthesis of sportiness and exclusivity. The body is mounted lower than that of the X3, creating the sensation of a classic sports coupe reinforced by the rear seat bench, which comes with the type of continuously molded side bolsters normally only provided by two individual seats. A power tailgate is standard fare, available with the added convenience of an optional Smart Opener, which allows it to be opened with a movement of the foot. All X4s include BMW鈥檚 iDrive Controller and central display, and when equipped with the available on-board navigation system, the new X4 comes with the new iDrive Controller with touchpad,allowing drivers or passengers to use their finger to write letters for text inputs.
SUMMARY: The X6鈥檚 actual execution was and is without a doubt, quite well done, resulting an exceptionally nice SAC that performed admirably in every regard. So, it goes almost without saying that the production of the smaller, more affordable BMW X4 xDrive is a no brainer.
The X4鈥檚 acceleration, is instantaneous and plentiful 鈥?even with the smaller 2.0-liter powerplant, it鈥檚 indeed definitely more than satisfying. The ride quality is comfortable but on the firm side, which contributes to its stability. The technology level is mind boggling, but unless driven to extreme levels, much of the technology will probably never come into play.
The rearward visibility is quite limited through the rear glass; entry into the driver鈥檚 seat necessitated folding forward to avoid hitting one鈥檚 head in order to clear the radically curved roofline. On the plus side however, controls and switchgear, are well-placed for optimum ease of use, and the seating is not only comfortable, but supportive as well.
Given what some perceive to be a controversial design form much like its larger X6 sibling, the lower price tag of the X4 is likely to attract a new wave of consumers. All in all, the bold exterior styling, though not for everyone, gives way to the elegant and comfortable interior design, and the performance characteristics are quite satisfying all-around. Bottom line, if you liked the X6 SAC, but preferred something more manageable in terms of size and dollars spent, you鈥檙e sure to love the BMW X4 xDrive SAC.
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