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Geneva LIVE: 2019 BMW X4

by Ronan Glon

The X4 gets a more assertive look.

BMW introduced the second-generation X4 at the Geneva Auto Show. The crossover-coupe turns the tech and design dials up a notch to bolster BMW's model offensive.

At first glance, the new X4 wears a more assertive look than the outgoing model. If you're experiencing déjà vu, it's probably because the front end comes from the latest X3 with only minor modifications like more swept-back headlights. Strangely, BMW hasn't published photos of the model's rear end. The brand's promotional video reveals the tail lights retain their hallmark L shape but they're thinner than before.

Take a measuring tape to the body and you'll notice the X4 is longer, lower, and a little bit wider than before. It also boasts a lower center of gravity and a comprehensively updated suspension which, according to BMW, makes it sportier to drive than the outgoing model.

The interior carries over from the X3, too. It's familiar if you're up to date on your BMWs. The driver-oriented center console is divided into three main parts: the bottom portion groups the climate control settings, the middle part houses everything media-related, and the top part is air vent land. The high-resolution infotainment screen sits above it all, right on top of the dashboard.

At launch, the line-up will include two models named xDrive30i and M40i, respectively. The xDrive30i comes with BMW's ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. In this application it makes 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That's enough power for a zero-to-60-mph sprint of six seconds flat.

The M40i gets a 3.0-liter straight-six that provides 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, which lowers the X4's zero-to-60 time to 4.6 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive come standard regardless of how many cylinders beat under the hood.

Our crystal ball tells us the line-up will later grow with the addition of a full-blown M-tuned model and a plug-in hybrid variant. Neither version will be available at launch, however.

The 2019 BMW X4 will arrive in showrooms before the end of the year.

Live photography by Ronan Glon.