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BMW X4 2022: refreshed coupe SUV bound for Australia this year

John Law

The BMW X4 has been unwrapped, boasting more technology within and a fresh new look outside.

The facelifted 2022 BMW X4 will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of this year, though the grille design is more conservative than we predicted.

BMW has cleaned up the exterior appearance of the four-door coupe SUV. It’s crisper than before and looks promising in photographs. 

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Inside the new X4 adopts the 4 Series’ centre stack.

When the X4 lands, it will have to deal with a growing number of sloping-roofed SUV peers, including the Audi Q5 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

It will also serve as a more practical alternative to the 4 Series Coupe from which the X4 borrows its updated interior. 

For 2022, the X4 has adopted the two-door’s centre stack and gearstick arrangement. It mirrors the new X3 inside as it did before.

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The X4 can be identified by the black mesh kidney grilles in Australia.

BMW has outfitted the X4 with a bigger 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Also standard is the 12.3-inch digital driver’s display with mapping capability.

The X4’s front end is identical to the X3 save for the distinctive mesh kidney grilles. Like the X3, the headlights are 10mm narrower, which lends a more aggressive stance. BMW specifies adaptive LED items as standard, though buyers can option laser headlights.

Around the rear, the X4’s longer taillights give the coupe SUV a broader stance than before, though the silhouette won’t be to everyone’s liking.

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A new tailpipe design rears its head for the 2022 BMW X4.

There are also new trapezoidal tailpipes which complement the more aggressive design of the 2022 X4.

All Australian BMW X4 models will be specified with the M Sport package and 19-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Unlike the X3 – which picked up a PHEV hybrid option for 2022 – BMW has left the X4 range unchanged with the choice between turbocharged petrol four or six-cylinder powertrains.

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Love or hate it – from the rear this is clearly a BMW X4.

The base model xDrive 20i makes 135kW of power and 300Nm of torque from a two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. BMW offers the xDrive30i with the same ‘B48’ engine in a higher state of tune, producing 185kW and 350Nm.

The X4 M40i BMW offers a halfway house before jumping up to the motorsport-inspired X4 M. The creamy six-cylinder turbocharged M40i ‘S58’ motor makes 285kW and 500Nm – ample outputs for an SUV.

Every BMW X4 utilises an eight-speed torque converter automatic and sends power to all four wheels. BMW will reveal Detailed X4 pricing and specification closer to launch.