BMW Group unveils next-generation X4 that will be built in the Upstate

BMW said production of its first generation X4 Sports Activity Coupe will cease at Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co. in March and a second generation of the model will begin.

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The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d. Photo courtesy of BMW Group.

BMW Group’s X4 Sports Activity Coupe is getting a makeover.

The German automaker on Wednesday, Feb. 14, introduced the second generation of the popular crossover, which is one of four models produced exclusively at its plant in Spartanburg County.

BMW said the 2019 X4 is expected to hit dealerships in July.

“We’re excited that production of the all-new BMW X4 will begin soon,” said Sky Foster, spokeswoman for Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co. “In December, BMW Group Chairman Harald Krueger called 2018 the ‘year of the X.’ Plant Spartanburg will be a major contributor to this X model offensive. We’ve already introduced the new X3, new X4 production begins soon, and production of the all-new X7 will begin at the end of this year. There is plenty to be excited about at BMW.”

BMW Manufacturing Co. is the birthplace of BMW’s X3, X4, X5, X6, and soon-to-be X7 models. It will end production of the first generation X4 in March.

More than 200,000 X4s have been assembled at the Upstate plant since the vehicle’s launch in 2014.

BMW said it has built more than 200,000 X4s since the model was first introduced in 2014. Photo courtesy of BMW Group.

“With its extrovert design, versatile driving properties, and dynamic character, the first ever mid-range Sports Activity Coupé in the premium segment has built up an impressive fan community within just a little over four years,” BMW said in a statement.

With this model, BMW once again created “a new category of vehicle,” the company added. “Since its launch, other manufacturers have been inspired by this fascinating concept of a mid-range Sports Activity Coupé for the premium segment.”

BMW described the X4 concept as a fusion of the “hallmark” features of its X models with the “sporting elegance” of a coupe.

The all-new X4 will feature “significantly enhanced driving dynamics, standout exterior design accentuating the car’s sporting instincts, a further refined premium ambiance in the interior, state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, and leading-edge connectivity technologies,” the company said.

BMW said the next-generation X4 will eventually be available in seven variants including the four-cylinder gas xDrive20i and xDrive30i, four-cylinder diesel xDrive20d and xDrive25d, and six-cylinder diesel xDrive30d.

The company said two M Performance models, the six-cylinder gas M40i and six-cylinder diesel M40d, will be added to the lineup.

The interior of a new BMW X4 xDrive M40d. Photo courtesy of BMW Group.

BMW on Wednesday also introduced a six-cylinder diesel version of it next generation X3. That variant is the X3 M40d.

BMW of North America LLC on Wednesday introduced pricing for two versions of the new X4 that will be available initially in the U.S. The prices start at $50,450 for the 30i and $60,450 for M40i.

The company touted the new X4’s sportier proportions, wider tracks, latest generation suspension settings, lower center of gravity, and improved dynamics.

BMW of North America said the model will also boast a range of new standard safety features, including Active Protection, which initiates protective measures when an accident is imminent.

The standard Active Guard includes “frontal collision warning, city collision mitigation with braking, pedestrian warning with city braking, and speed limit information,” the company said.

Standard Navigation comes with a large 10¼-inch display with multiple ways to interact, including a touchscreen, iDrive Touch Controller, and cloud-powered intelligent voice touchscreen.

The new X4 also has a larger panoramic moonroof, and a three-zone climate control system.

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