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BMW Group Malaysia introduces the all-new BMW M3 Sedan, the all-new BMW M4 Coupé

BMW Group Malaysia introduced the all-new four-door BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new two-door BMW M4 Coupé as the fifth generation high-performance automobiles from the BMW 3 Series and BMW 4 Series range. Also introduced were New BMW M Performance Parts and Accessories for the current generation of series models for BMW.

Presenting the two all-new high-performance sports cars and new performance components, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “The all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé represents BMW’s philosophy of combining the best of our motorsporting capabilities and heritage with uncompromised everyday usability to create sports cars that are not only emotional in terms of looks and performance but also very practical for everyday use. Both cars are the embodiment of taking motorsport technology from the track to the road; and with the thousands of test laps on Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit – the most demanding race track in the world – the new models are prepared for just that.”

Dr. Pils further added that BMW Group Malaysia now also offers a new selection of original BMW M Performance accessories for the current line up of BMW models available in the country. The new after sales accessories consist of the BMW M Aerodynamics Kits, BMW M Performance Interior Trim and Selector Lever in Carbon Fibre as well as a selection BMW M Performance Alloy Wheel options, Sports Brakes and Suspension.

“Our customers with motorsports aspirations can now personalise their cars further with a selection of BMW M Performance accessories which will give their cars a sportier look and feel. We are currently running a special campaign for BMW M Performance parts and accessories for the new BMW 1 Series and BMW 3 series,” said Dr. Pils.

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The design of the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé immediately visualizes the outstanding performance capability and impressive handling properties of the two new high-performance sports cars. At first impression, the exterior design of the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé delivers a visual impact which elevates the BMW M design language to a new level of expression – all of which are highlighted by a purposeful character, emotional appeal and dynamic verve.

The considerable visual edge of the new high-performance sports cars are expressed in specific BMW M design features. From the front for example, the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé stand out most prominently with their powerful contours and a strongly defined three-dimensionality, lending them a powerfully expressed face which are further characterized by the distinctive M double-bar kidney grille. The powerfully designed front apron also highlights conspicuously large air inlets which supplies cooling air to the high-performance engine and brakes.

Among other hallmark BMW M design features is the distinctive powerdome on the lightweight aluminium bonnet which hints at the potential of the brawny M TwinPower Turbo engine as well as creates space for the intercooler. Also demanding particular attention are the striking exterior mirror housings with a suggested double-foot design made to  further optimise the aerodynamics of the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé.

The sides of both cars meanwhile, extend the dynamic impression created by the respective front ends of the the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé. The hallmark BMW proportions of a long bonnet, long wheelbase, set-back glasshouse and short front overhang are combined with familiar M design elements such as BMW M double-spoke wheels and muscular wheel arches which underline the dynamic potential of the new high-performance sports cars. These dynamics-accentuating details include likewise newly designed M gills, which perform both a stylistic and a functional role. Integrated into them are Air Breathers which teams up with Air Curtains in the front apron to help optimise airflow around the wheel arches, thus improving the aerodynamics of the new high-performance sports cars.

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A flowing roofline then lends the sporting overall appearance of the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé an extra elegance and finesse which is finished with a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof featured as standard. This intelligent lightweight design which sheds off around 5kg for the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and more than 6kg for the all-new BMW M4 Coupé not only minimises the overall vehicle’s kerb weight to deliver outstanding dynamic performance and exemplary fuel efficiency, but also lowers the vehicle’s centre of gravity and gives a visual indication of the car’s consistently lightweight design.

“The use of carbon in these models is a reminder that BMW is a global leader in high-strength, lightweight CFRP construction, and that it was BMW who brought out the first mass production vehicle with a body consisting entirely of this material – the innovative BMW i3,” added Dr. Pils.

The design of the rear end meanwhile displays striking differences in the two new models. The all-new BMW M3 Sedan for example, is fitted with a Gurney spoiler to reduce lift, while the tailgate of the all-new BMW M4 Coupé features an integrated rear spoiler which is also made from a particularly lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic. As well as performing a functional aerodynamic role, the tailgate also contributes significantly to the all-new BMW M4 Coupé’s standalone design. Accompanying which, is a characteristic BMW M detail of the rear end – a highly-polished pair of diagonally cut twin exhaust tailpipes which are featured in both the new high-performance sports cars and are framed by the sculptural rear apron with its integrated diffuser.

The engine is the heart of every M model and both the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé draw a tremendous power development from a newly developed 3-litre six-cylinder in-line petrol engine. Playing a central role to the increase in power is M TwinPower Turbo technology which also provides far more shove at lower revs as compared to the two new sports cars’ predecessors. On top of that, drivers will further experience an increase in power delivery and performance with 40 per cent more torque. Despite this immense increase in real-world performance, BMW M GmbH engineers have also succeeded in reducing fuel consumption and emissions by 25 per cent.

Unlike their preceding models with their naturally aspirated V8 engine, the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé are powered by a newly-developed turbocharged engine which delivers a maximum output of 431 hp at a maximum of 7,600 rpm – an unusually high-revving capability for a turbocharged engine. In that, the three-litre turbo engine also ensures response with great immediacy without a single hint of turbo lag. The M TwinPower Turbo technology meanwhile ensures that peak torque which has been increased by 37 per cent to 550 Nm is maintained over a far wider range of engine speeds.

At a top speed of 250 km/h, the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé takes off from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. A further hallmark to the new powerplant is its excellent fuel economy where the two new high-performance sports cars achieve a fuel consumption of just 8.3 l / 100 km and CO² emissions of 194 g / km – an improvement of 26 per cent over the previous models’ figures.

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Combined with a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission gearbox which was conceived and developed for a high-speed power unit, the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé experiences an optimum gearshift and even more dynamic acceleration without the slightest interruption in the flow of power, thus emphasizing both the sports driving experience and gearshift comfort for the driver. Furthermore, the seven-speed M DCT which is considerably more compact and lighter by 12 kg as compared to its predecessor, also contributes to the cars’ perfect 50/50 front-rear weight distribution.

Just as with the integrated Launch Control which allows maximum acceleration from a standstill, an extremely dynamic driving experience is achieved by producing acceleration figures which would be out of range with the manual gearbox. The seven-speed M DCT also features Stability Clutch Control which functions to open the clutch when the vehicle oversteers in order to stabilise the vehicle, as well as Smokey Burnout function which allows for a certain amount of rear wheel slip while the vehicle is moving. The seven-speed M DCT also includes functions such as Drivelogic modes which can be selected by the driver to give the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé more comfortable, more efficient, or even sportier characteristics.

The punchy performance of the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé is given further prominence with an exhaust system which comes with two twin tailpipes and an innovative flap concept. The electronically controlled flaps positioned just before the rear silencer minimizes the exhaust back-pressure and produce a striking and unmistakable BMW M sound over the entire engine speed range, with different engine sound profiles which the driver can adjust via Driving Experience Control modes – Nomal, Sport, or Sport +.

The chassis system for the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé meanwhile has been newly-developed from the ground up. Numerous aluminium components ensure that the high-performance sports cars are extremely lightweight and various engineering design features contribute to the cars’ exceptional steering precision and directional stability. The mixed 19-inch tyres for example, were integrated into the overall design process from the beginning and are specifically geared towards the high dynamic potential of both the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé. In addition to the standard M compound brakes, the optional M carbon ceramic brakes also represent an even more lightweight and powerful braking system, which also provides an additional visual highlight with its gold-coloured calipers and M logo.

Among the other elements which add fresh polish to the dynamic repertoire of the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé is the Active M Differential equipped to optimise traction and stability by means of an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential which continually varies locking power between 0 to 100 per cent. By linking up with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, the multi-plate limited-slip differential takes into account the position of the accelerator pedal, the rotational speed of the wheels, and the car’s yaw rate.

The retail prices (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI)* for the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and the all-new BMW M4 Coupé are:

BMW M3 Sedan        -           RM 738,800.00
BMW M4 Coupé        -           RM 748,800.00

*BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS +RI) comes complimentary with any new BMW vehicle acquired from any BMW Authorised Dealer and covers professional service, maintenance and repair for 3 years or 60,000 km.  This complimentary warranty provides BMW owners with an assurance that their BMW will always be serviced with precision and that only Original BMW Parts will be used to ensure reliability, safety and quality. The Service programme covers normal wear-and-tear repairs or replacements of Original BMW Parts as specified by the Condition Based Service (CBS) system in the vehicle. Meanwhile, the Repair programme covers repairs of factory fitted mechanical and electrical components.

BMW Group Malaysia introduces the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

BMW Group Malaysia today introduced the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 14th BMW variant to be assembled in the country. As the newest addition to the locally assembled portfolio of the premium automaker’s best-selling and most successful premium model series in the world – the BMW 3 Series – the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will be offered in two variants – BMW 328i Gran Turismo and BMW 320d Gran Turismo.

BMW Group Malaysia introduces the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

Introducing the new variant of the locally assembled BMW 3 Series, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “Today, we introduce yet another exceptional BMW model for our Malaysian customers which is built right here in Malaysia. As an addition to our strong portfolio of locally assembled premium vehicles, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo further underlines our commitment to this country which has been our home for over ten years.”

Dr. Pils further added that as the 14th variant to join BMW Group Malaysia’s line-up of locally assembled vehicles, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will allow Malaysians accessibility to an even wider range of product choices from the premium carmaker. Featuring the perfect combination of a Sedan’s dynamic sporting genes with the practicality and versatility of a Touring, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo carries qualities which are backed by a palpable increase in space and driving comfort. Its aesthetic and emotional appeal also boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly pronounced driving pleasure as both an elegant business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer.

“As the leader in the premium automotive segment, we at BMW Group Malaysia are constantly seeking opportunities to further optimise the delivery of our premium vehicles to customers throughout the country. We are confident that the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will continue to provide our existing and new customers with the complete premium ownership experience of owning a vehicle from the BMW Group, and it will once again prove to be a strong contributor to our success here in Malaysia.”

As a completely independent concept within the BMW 3 Series segment, the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has a deliberately coupé-like vehicle design and extraordinarily generous amount of space. These are put together in a lightweight construction concept which also includes Air Breathers and an active rear spoiler – the first of its kind on a BMW – which reduces lift at touring speeds and allows a sense of visual lightness. Meanwhile, its upgraded cabin size, raised seating position, and increased legroom for rear passengers allow the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to deliver unbeatable freedom of movement and an impressive feeling of space. The new locally assembled BMW 328i Gran Turismo will be introduced in the highly popular Sport Line, while the new locally assembled BMW 320d Gran Turismo will be offered in Luxury Line.

At the heart of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the multi-award winning BMW TwinPower Turbo technology which teams up with a 8-speed sport automatic transmission. The new BMW 328i Gran Turismo houses a 2.0-litre in-line four cylinder engine which delivers a maximum output of 180kW/245hp with torque peaking at 350Nm. Accelerating from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h, the average fuel consumption is 6.4 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions of 149 grams per km.

Meanwhile, the new BMW 320d Gran Turismo which is equipped with a 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel engine delivers a maximum output of 135kW/184hp with torque peaking at 380Nm, allowing the car to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 226km/h. The average fuel consumption for the new BMW 320d Gran Turismo is 4.9 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions of 129 grams per km.

BMW Group Malaysia introduces the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

In addition to its enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel economy of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also heightens the car’s driving pleasure with BMW EfficientDynamics’ influence seen in virtually every area. Further optimising the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo’s power output with efficiency, drivers are able to modify the overall character of the car for a more economic drive with the ECO PRO mode which can be activated through the Driving Experience Control button featured as standard. It also helps drivers to maintain an efficient and economical driving style by cutting up to 20% of fuel consumption with a corresponding boost to the car’s range on a single tank of fuel.

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is available in Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey while Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver and Midnight Blue are made exclusively available to the new locally assembled BMW 328i Gran Turismo. The luxury sportiness of the new BMW 328i Gran Turismo is further emphasised by Leather Dakota Black with Red highlighted leather upholstery while the exclusive Alpine White variant is also available with Dakota Coral Red with Black highlighted leather upholstery. On the other hand, the Imperial Blue with Leather Dakota Black Luxury is available exclusively with the new BMW 320d Gran Turismo.

The retail prices (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI)* for the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo are:-

BMW 328i Gran Turismo – RM 329,800.00
BMW 320d Gran Turismo – RM 298,800.00

*The BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS +RI) comes complimentary with the new BMW vehicle acquired from any BMW Authorised Dealer and covers professional service, maintenance and repair for 3 years or 60,000 km.  This complimentary warranty provides BMW owners with an assurance that their BMW will always be serviced with precision and that only Original BMW Parts will be used to ensure reliability, safety and quality. The Service programme covers normal wear-and-tear repairs or replacements of Original BMW Parts as specified by the Condition Based Service (CBS) system in the vehicle. Meanwhile, the Repair programme covers repairs of factory fitted mechanical and electrical components.

BMW Group Malaysia Launches 3rd-Gen BMW X5. Priced from RM558,800

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BMW Group Malaysia recently introduced the third-generation BMW X5. The X5 is BMW’s leading model in the Premium Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment. The all-new X5 is made available in 2 different variants in the form of petrol and diesel option which makes BMW X5 xDrive35i (petrol) and BMW X5 xDrive30d (diesel). Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said that the third generation BMW X5 will continue its lead in the Premium SAV segment as the vehicle offers the perfect balance of award-winning design, sporty and aggressive performance across multiple terrain as well as luxurious aesthetics and advanced technological innovation courtesy of BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive.

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The design of the All-New BMW X5 combines hallmark X model characteristics with sporty elegance. Presenting an even more expressive and conspicuous front design, the all-new premium SAV features twin headlight units which extends all the way to the kidney grille, and is combined with Adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lights.

At the heart of the new BMW X5 is the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that teams up with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Coupled with additional BMW EfficientDynamics features, the BMW X5 is now said to be achieving an even more exceptional acceleration and significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The petrol variant BMW X5 xDrive35i is equipped with a 6-cyclinder in-line petrol engine which delivers maximum output of 225kW/306hp with torque peaking at 400Nm. With such great performance, the engine is able to achieve acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 6.5seconds. The xDrive35i manage to decrease 16% in fuel consumption compared to its predecessor, achieving just 8.5litres per 100km.

Meanwhile, the BMW xDrive30d is powered by a 6-cyclinder 3.0litre diesel engine which produces maximum output of 190kW/258hp with peak torque of 560Nm. 0-100km/h achievable in just 6.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is at 6.2litre per 100km.

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Both models offers more fuel savings with the ECO PRO mode which could be activated through the Driving Experience Control button featured as standard. The unique ECO PRO mode allow drivers to sail in neutral with the engine decoupled from the drivetrain at speeds between 50 and 160km/h when the driver takes the foot off the accelerator pedal. Also, for the first time ever, BMW has introduced its Adaptive Comfort Suspension Package exclusively made available only for the BMW xDrive35i. The adaptive suspension package matches the driving style and individual preferences of the driver as closely as possible to provide an unparrelled combination of high-level driving dynamics and ride comfort.

The BMW X5 is fitted with Leather Dakota upholstery. The Leather Dakota Terra upholstery is made exclusively for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive35i with an interior trim of Fine-wood American Oak and is fitted with a sports leather steeering wheel with gearshift paddles. Meanwhile, the interior trim of the BMW X5 xDrive30d is complimented with highlight trim finishers in Oxide Silver Dark Matte and a sports leather steering wheel. The BMW X5 xDrive35i is now fitted with two additional seats attached to the third seat row which transforms the car into a seven-seater.

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With BMW ConnectedDrive, BMW X5 brings together an extensive range of mobility services and driver assistance systems made available with BMW’s innovative in-car technology. The new BMW X5 now features a full-colour BMW Head-Up Display (only available with X5 xDrive35i) which projects relevant information directly into the driver’s field of vision, allowing him or her to always remain focused on the road ahead. The information projected includes essential vehicle information as well as infotainment messages. Also new is the Surround View Camera system which allows drivers to easily drive through tight spaces. This impressive function provides an accurate birds-eye view of the surrounding area which is shown on the control display. This is also combined with Side View functions which assists the driver when approaching areas with limited visibility

Colours available for the All-New BMW X5 includes Alpine White, Space Grey, and Black Sapphire while Sparkling Brown and Sophisto Grey are an exclusive colour addition for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive35i while Glacier Silver is an exclusive colour available for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive30d.

Prices are RM558,800 for xDrive30d (without insurance) & RM598,800 for xDrive35i (without insurance).

MINI Cooper & Cooper S Launched. Priced from RM178,888

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The third-generation MINI is finally here! Both Cooper and Cooper S were unveiled in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week. For the Malaysian market, 4 variants will be made available – Cooper, Cooper Chilli (upgrade pack), Cooper S and Cooper S Wired (upgrade pack). Price starts from RM178,888 for Cooper, RM198,888 for Cooper Chilli, RM228,888 for Cooper S, and RM248,888 for Cooper S Wired.

The new edition MINI takes on new hallmark design features, new generation of engines for increased driving fun and efficiency as well as new innovative networking technology and functionality. “The new MINI is built completely new from the ground up and is derived directly from the BMW Group’s outstanding development expertise. The car will now, more than ever before, set new benchmarks within its segment as MINI now features new engines and new MINIMALISM technologies for better efficiency in terms of fuel consumption and emissions as well as new MINI Connected technologies for better connectivity, raising its profile in the evolution of automotive history.” said Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia as he introduced the new MINI. 

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What’s the difference between the Cooper and Cooper S under the hood? – The new MINI Cooper is a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine which delivers a maximum output of 100kW/136hp with torque peaking at 220Nm. The Cooper sprints from 0-100km/h in just 7.8seconds with a top speed of 210km/h. Average fuel consumption is about 4.7L/100km. 

The Cooper S is equipped with a 2.0-litre 4–cylinder engine which delivers a peak output of 141kW/192hp, and a maximum torque of 280Nm. Sprints 0-100km/h in 6.7seconds and able to reach a top speed of 233km/h. Despite the impressive performance, average fuel consumption still stands at only 5.4L/100km. 

Both 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines comes with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology that power variants of the new MINI. These petrol engines include turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS). All variants are paired with the same six-speed automatic gearbox (Cooper S variants gets paddle-shifts located on the steering wheel). 

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In its interior offering, the base MINI Cooper variant offers Cloth Firework Carbon Black Upholstery with Hazy Grey interior surfacing, Chrome Line Interior, manual air-conditioning, MINI Radio Basis with Bluetooth interface and Sports multifunction leather steering wheel with rain sensor and automatic lights control. The MINI Cooper Chilli variant, meanwhile, offers the addition of Leather Cross Punch Carbon Black Upholstery with automatic 2 zone air conditioning, MINI Radio Visual Boost and sports seats for driver and passenger.

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In the MINI Cooper S variants, the base MINI Cooper S offers Leather Cross Punch Carbon Black Upholstery with Black Checkered interior surfacing, Chrome Line Interior, headliners in Anthracite, interior rear view mirror with anti-dazzle, automatic 2 zone air-conditioning, MINI Radio Visual Boost, John Cooper Works multifunction leather steering wheel with rain sensor and automatic lights control as well as sports seats for driver and passenger. The MINI Cooper S Wired variant, meanwhile, offers the addition of Centre Armrest, Harman/Kardon HiFi with 12-speaker sound system as well as the added function of Voice Control.

The new MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S will be available in ten exterior paint shades, with the addition of the new MINI colours – Volcanic Orange, Moonwalk Grey, Blazing Red, Deep Blue and Thunder Grey (exclusively for the MINI Cooper S variants only). The roof, exterior mirror caps and bonnet stripes is also available in two colour options of white or black.

The MINI Cooper Chilli and MINI Cooper S Wired arrives packaged with the MINI Service Inclusive program which offers comprehensive MINI after-sales care for 3 years or 50,000KM. The program is offered on the base MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S variants at an additional RM 5,900.00. The cars will be made available at all MINI dealerships nationwide during the MINI weekend which will take place on the weekend of 12th and 13th of April 2014.

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The new BMW X4 unveiled

The new BMW X4 blends the hallmark features of the successful BMW X family with the sporting elegance of a classical coupé, and introduces the unique Sports Activity Coupé concept to the premium mid-size segment. Its dynamic pedigree is underlined by a wide range of cutting-edge high-performance engines, the xDrive all-wheeldrive system and an exclusive spread of standard equipment features such as variable sport steering, Performance Control and a sports leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.

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The new BMW X4 is based on the technical blueprint of the BMW X3, but displays a sporting character very much its own and takes dynamics to another new level. That much is clear when you view the new model head-on.

The large air intakes positioned on the outer edges of the front end and the character lines in the front apron allow the BMW X4 – with its signature BMW twin headlights and front fog lamps (both optionally with LED technology) – to maximise its visual presence on the road.

The roofline reaches its highest point above the driver and then swoops down smoothly to the trailing edge of the tailgate, mimicking the design language of a classical sporting coupé. The signature swage line running along the flanks of BMW models is split into two on the X4.

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The first section rises dynamically from the front wheel arches to the rear door handles, while the second part draws the eye to the muscular sculpting of the rear wings. The rear end, complete with L-shaped LED lights in exclusive X4 design and diffuser-look styling, likewise highlights the outstanding dynamic ability of the new BMW X4. 

The driver and front passenger sit 20 millimetres lower than in the BMW X3.

In conjunction with the two-seat look of the rear, this accentuates the coupé character of the new BMW in the classy and exclusive interior as well. At the same time, the X4 offers generous levels of space for up to five people and – thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest – impressive variability.

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In keeping with the vivacious character of the new BMW X4, customers can choose from three petrol engines and a trio of diesel units from the BMW EfficientDynamics engine family, whose output ranges from 135 kW/184 hp to 230 kW/313 hp. All the engines meet the EU6 exhaust gas standard.

 The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology of the state-of-the-art engines offers a promise of superb performance married with exceptionally low fuel consumption. For example, the flagship petrol unit in the BMW X4 xDrive35i (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 10.7/6.9/8.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 193 g/km) develops an outstanding 225 kW/306 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm.

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 The BMW X4 xDrive35i requires just 5.5 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h. And an equally impressive performer in terms of power delivery and CO2 efficiency is the BMW X4 xDrive35d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 6.7/5.5/6.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 157 g/km). Its 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine generates 230 kW/313 hp and peak torque of 630 Nm.

The BMW X4 xDrive35d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. The new-generation 2.0-litre diesel engine in the BMW X4 xDrive20d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 5.8– 5.4*/5.1–4.8*/5.4–5.0* l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 141–131* g/km) with eight-speed Steptronic transmission also sets the benchmark when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Its four-cylinder unit produces 140 kW/190 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm.

The unparalleled BMW EfficientDynamics technology package also minimizes the fuel consumption and emissions of the new BMW X4. Included are features such as the Auto Start Stop function and coasting function (if an eight-speed automatic gearbox is fitted), Brake Energy Regeneration and ondemand operation of ancillary units, ensuring an admirable degree of environmental compatibility to go with maximum driving pleasure. Also available as an option to add further efficiency to the mix are fourth-generation reduced-rolling-resistance tyres, which reduce the CO2 emissions of selected variants of the BMW X4 by another 7 g/km.

The BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the new X4 allow BMW to restate once again its leadership in the link-up of driver, vehicle and outside world. Among the highlights in the new BMW X4 are the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, and Driving Assistant Plus including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, preventive pedestrian protection and a Collision Warning system, which applies the brakes with anything up to maximum stopping power as required. Added to which, the optional ConnectedDrive Services also allow  drivers to sign up to innovative services such as Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), the Concierge Service and Remote Services. Facebook, Twitter, AUPEO! personalised internet radio and music platforms like Napster and Deezer have also been optimised for in car usage and can be accessed easily on board the BMW X4.

Photo Gallery: 2015 BMW X4