Future Models - BMW 2016 X4
Detroit show: Elusive X4 flagship lands in US
Left out: BMW’s American-built X4 M40i will only be built in left-hand drive, meaning no M40i for you, Aussie.
M-enhanced BMW X4 M40i ruled out for Australia where diesel will be tops
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12 January 2016
BMW’S new X4 flagship, the M Performance twin-turbo 3.0-litre M40i, stepped
into the public spotlight at this week’s Detroit motor show ahead of its
roll-out across North America where it will built alongside BMW’s other ‘X’
models at its Spartanburg plant.
Only available in left-hand drive, the sportiest version of BMW’s mid-sized
slope-backed SUV with its all-new blown inline six is off the table for
Australia, unless the powers-that-be in Munich have a change of heart.
Instead, BMW Group Australia will depend on the most potent diesel version, the
X4 xDrive35d, to carry the performance flag for the crossover against rivals
such as Audi’s SQ5.
The $89,900 (plus on-road costs) X4 35d will be launched in Australia along
with the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive this month.
Replacing the X4 30d, the 35d employs a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel
producing 230kW of power and 630Nm of torque that enables it to scoot from zero
to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds.
This compares with the petrol X4 M40i’s 265 kW/465Nm and 0-100km sprint time of
However, the diesel has the jump on fuel consumption, chewing just 6.0 litres
per 100km, compared with the petrol car’s 8.6L/100km on the combined test cycle.
BMW Group Australia corporate communications general manager Lenore Fletcher
confirmed to GoAuto that the X4 M40i had been ruled out for Australia because
it is not built in right-hand drive.
“If that changes, and it is offered in right-hand drive, we would be delighted
to look at a business case for it,” she said.
Apart from the hot new inline six-cylinder engine that is making its world
debut at the Detroit show, the X4 M40i gets a sprinkling of silver-painted
accents on items such as the side mirrors and grille, along with 20-inch alloy
wheels, sports exhaust with chrome-black twin tailpipes and sportier suspension
settings with stiffer springs and stabiliser bars and adaptive dampers.
Inside, M Performance touches include M leather steering wheel and transmission