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Exhilarating Evolution Through the Generations

Since its striking entry onto the automotive scene in 2014 with the first-generation F26, the BMW X4 has continued to write its history by combining elegance, performance and innovation. The second G02 generation, unveiled in 2018, has amplified this legacy by pushing back the boundaries of design and technology.

In this article, we delve into the captivating world of the BMW X4 by exploring its different generations. From the pioneering F26, revealing perfect harmony between sportiness and luxury, to the G02, redefining standards with refined aesthetics and enhanced performance, each iteration of the X4 has brought its share of innovations.

Prepare yourself for a journey through time, discovering the ongoing evolution of the BMW X4, an SUV that embodies the very essence of dynamic driving and stylistic expression.

First-generation X4

BMW X4 F26

Redefining Sporting Elegance

Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in 2014, the first-generation BMW X4 F26 marked a remarkable entry into the automotive world. After successive appearances at the 13th Beijing International Motor Show in 2014 and the 22nd Auto Mobil International Leipzig in 2014, it quickly attracted attention.

Early Models and Evolution

Early X4 F26 models included the xDrive20i, xDrive28i, xDrive35i, xDrive20d, xDrive30d, and xDrive35d. In 2015, the M Performance M40i model made its debut, sporting a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine developing 265 kW (355 hp) and 465 N⋅m of torque. This dynamic model, officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2016, reaches 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.

Development and Launch

The X4 F26's journey began with the BMW X4 concept presented at Auto Shanghai in 2013. The production model was unveiled in 2014 at the New York International Auto Show. The X4 shares its powertrains with the X3, including a variety of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Positioned above the X3 but below the X5 in the range, it is 23 mm (1 inch) longer and 37 mm (1 inch) taller than the X3 F25 on which it is based.

A total investment of $900 million has been made in BMW's Spartanburg plant in preparation for production of the X models, including the F26 X4.


Models are available in standard, xLine or M Sport trim levels. All feature BMW EfficientDynamics, including engine start/stop and brake energy regeneration. Available equipment includes 40:20:40 folding rear seats, iDrive, head-up display and real-time traffic information. M40i models feature 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport exhaust system, stiffer suspension and M Sport styling.

All models are available only with all-wheel drive (xDrive) and comply with Euro 6 emissions standards.

M Performance parts were introduced with the restyling and can be fitted to all models. These include carbon-fiber mirrors, a sports steering wheel, M wheels, black grilles, a carbon-fiber spoiler and aluminum pedals. 30d models also benefit from a power upgrade kit, adding 27 hp (286 hp total), while 20d models can be fitted with a twin exhaust.

Second-generation X4

BMW X4 G02

Elegance and Performance Redefined

The second-generation BMW X4, the X4 G02, was revealed online in February 2018 as the successor to the F26 X4, with sales starting in July 2018. Sharing its platform and core styling elements with the third-generation BMW X3, the X4 G02 offers a varied range including xDrive30i, xDrive20d, xDrive30d, xDriveM40i, and xDriveM40d variants.

In the United States, the 2019 BMW X4 arrived on the market in the second quarter of 2018 as the 2019 Model of the Year, available in xDrive30i or M40i variants.

Development and Launch

The X4 G02 was developed alongside the G01 X3, on which it is based. It features a double ball-joint front suspension and a five-link rear suspension, using BMW's Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, which incorporates aluminum and high-strength steel. Compared with its predecessor, the X4 is 50 kg lighter, 52 mm taller, 81 mm longer and 37 mm wider.


Standard equipment includes bi-LED headlights, automatic tailgate, 40:20:40 folding rear seats and iDrive 6.0. Models are available in xLine, M Sport and M Sport X trim levels. xLine models include rocker panel protection, 19" alloy wheels and sport seats. M Sport models include M Sport styling, plus M Sport suspension and brakes. M Sport X models add anthracite lining and Frozen Grey exterior trim elements. The M40i and M40d also benefit from an M Sport rear differential with electromechanical single clutch.

All 20i-40i models can be equipped with M Performance parts, including carbon fiber mirrors.

In 2019, BMW introduced the X4 M and X4 M Competition (F98) versions, marking the first time an X4 had an M version. The X4 M is powered by an S58 3.0 L in-line six-cylinder engine producing 473 hp, with Competition models reaching 503 hp.

Complete M models can be fitted with specific M Performance parts, including splitter, spoiler, sports steering wheel, carbon-fiber vents and grilles.