BMW X4 revealed ahead of New York Motor Show debut, priced from £36,590

BMW has unveiled the X4, ahead of its public debut next month at the New York Motor Show.

There are no big surprises as it is quite similar to the concept and we have seen plenty of spy shots, with recent ones wearing very little camouflage.

Overall profile and look is very similar to the bigger X6, but in a more compact format.

Based on the X3 with similar design, the X4 is 14mm longer and 36mm lower. The front seat passengers sit 20mm lower than in the X3, and in the back 28mm lower, making it quite sporty compared to its sibling.

There are some styling cues also from the new 4 Series as well, like the taillights and C-pillar. In addition to a coupe-like roofline, other big differences compared to the X3 include larger air intakes and new fog lights.

Interior is very similar to the X3 and comes with aluminium trim, gloss black panel accents and a 40:20:40 split rear seat which folds down to expand the cargo capacity to 1,400 litres.

In UK the X4 will be offered from launch with three diesel engines.

The range starts with xDrive 20d, priced from £36,590 with a 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel, delivering 54.3mph and CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

The second engine is a six-cylinder 255bhp 3.0-litre diesel in the xDrive30d, priced from £44,890, delivering 47.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 156g/km.

Top of the range xDrive35d uses a 308bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, delivering 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 167g/km, with 0-62mph taking 5.2 seconds. The xDrive35d is priced from £48,990.

All engines are lined to a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard, with the eight-speed automatic transmission available optionally.

Auto Stop/Start, brake energy regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units are standard on all models.

Depending on the market two 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo petrol units with 184bhp and 245bhp, and a 306bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol will be available as well.

Clearly not very practical because of the roofline compared to the X3 and we have a feeling it will be a niche vehicle, with no big sales.

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