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The 2017 BMW X4 – a look at an updated modern classic

2017 looks set to be a particularly exciting year for car enthusiasts. Many of the world’s finest manufacturers will be once again going head to head to establish themselves as the brand with the year’s most desired and iconic vehicle on the market.

Alfa Romeo is storming ahead with the new Giulia compact executive saloon, the new Audi A8 is already turning heads in the market and the Hyundai Ionic is likely to re-establish what the public can expect from ‘green car’ technology. But the car that is drawing the most discussion in many circles – and certainly amongst car buyers – is the highly anticipated and newly updated BMW X4.

The X4 series was originally launched in 2015 to widespread acclaim for its design features, specification, and distinctive shape. Externally, the 2017 model is still instantly recognizable from its previous incarnations but has clearly grown up in some respects. The large air inlets, powerful kidney grille, the world class attention to detail and the distinctive – almost aggressive – character bares all the hallmarks of a classic BMW design. Unusually for a coupe, it must be said, the BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe also have four doors.

It’s not just built on good looks, however. The technology contained within the X4 xDrive 28i has surpassed many of its contemporaries. Wireless charging ports, Wi-Fi hotspot, enhanced USB and Bluetooth connectivity all come as standard and the navigation has seen an impressive update. Beneath the bonnet, there is a turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine capable of churning out 240 horsepower and an impressive 260 pound-feet of torque so drivers can expect to be able to accelerate to 60 mph in six seconds.

As impressive as the BMW 4X xDrive 28i is, the M40i model somehow manages to take things up to another level. It comes with specially calibrated transmission, incredibly light steering, 20-inch wheels, and a sportier suspension set-up than its sister model. The 3-litre turbocharged engine with inline six-cylinder generates a remarkable 355 horsepower and a gargantuan 343 pound-feet of torque. With your foot to the floor, you will have accelerated to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Both models have an 8-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as well the handling ability and finishing you would expect from BMW. Both models are also expected to leave quite a mark on 2017.