Friday, September 19, 2014
PIMS 2014: BMW Shows Off First-Ever X4 and Refreshed X3
Asian Carmakers Corporation, the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, made waves at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) by showing the complete line-up of its X Series line. The BMW X Series Pavilion provided guests with a chance to experience endless explorations with the complete range of BMW X Series composed of the X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6.
BMW showed off the limited edition X1 sDrive 18d M Sport fitted with the BMW M Aerodynamics Package, M Sport Steering Wheel, and Sport Seats.
Meanwhile, BMW used this opportunity to show off the refreshed X3. Shown at their pavilion in the xDrive 30d M Sport guise, the X3 features a refreshed exterior with new headlights that integrate to the larger trademark kidney grille. Capping off the changes are new front and rear bumpers and exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators. Inside, there’s more chrome application in the X3’s cockpit along with a new dual-zone climate control system. There are newly designed cup holders as well. Under the hood, the X3 features two new diesel engines. Featuring BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology, the rear-wheel drive X3 sDrive 18d has a 150 horsepower, 360 Nm of torque engine mated to an 8-speed automatic. The all-wheel drive X3 xDrive 20d has 190 horsepower and a whopping 400 Nm of torque.
Taking center stage at BMW’s display though is the company’s first-ever mid-sized sport activity coupe: the X4. Drawing from the concept of the larger X6, the X4 combines the functionality of a sport activity vehicle with the sporting elegance of a classic coupe.
With large front air intakes, bi-Xenon headlamps, and precise lines in the front apron, the all-new X4 is definitely muscular and agile in its appearance. At 4,671-mm in length, the X4 is actually some 14-mm longer and yet 36-mm lower than the X3 making it cut a perfectly balanced figure. The roofline of the X4 reaches its highest point above the driver and then swoops down to the edge of the tailgate to mimic a coupe. Yet, the X4 features a four-door configuration. At the back, L-shaped LED tail lamps highlight the sportiness of the X4.
Inside, the X4 reveals a synthesis of sportiness and exclusivity. Compared to the X3, the passengers sit lower (front by 20-mm, rear by 28-mm) recreating a sports coupe feel. The rear seats come with a continuously molded side support that is normally only provided by two individual seats, yet still offer space for three passengers.
The X4 features a loading capacity of 500 to 1,400 liters made possible by the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat. Enhancing functionality even further, the X4 can be fitted with an automatically opening tailgate connected to the keyless Comfort Access System. When fitted, users can simply do a kick-motion beneath the rear bumper to open the tailgate. The range-topping X4 xDrive 30d M Sport is also equipped with touch-sensitive new iDrive Touch Controller.
The X4 is available in two diesel variants. The base trim, X4 xDrive 20d features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the X4 xDrive 30d 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine pushes out 258 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque.
The X4 xDrive 30d is offered in the M Sport Package, which brings to the fore the outstanding dynamics of the X4. The M Aerodynamics package gives the X4 a particularly striking appearance, with the Individual High-gloss Shadow Line further emphasizing the Sports Activity Coupe's unique character. Sports seats with leather upholstery, a BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, and M door sill finishers lend a premium character to the M Sport Package. The M Leather Steering Wheel and 19-inch light-alloy wheels exclusive to M are the finishing touches to this athletic and dynamic vehicle.
The BMW X4 xDrive 20d is priced at P 4,990,000 while the X4 xDrive 30d M Sport Edition is priced at P 5,990,000.