The folks at BMW may have shelved the X4 in India earlier this year, but the carmaker has brought the SUV-coupe back and with some extra zing! By that we mean the X4 M40i being launched at Rs 96.20 lakh, ex-showroom. No prizes for guessing the zing factor here as the M40i brings a modest slice of M Performance thrills to the X4 instead of going hardcore with the X4 M Competition performance variant.
So, what do you get with the BMW X4 M40i? For starters, what already made the SUV-coupe snazzy with its sloping roofline has had its sporty stance enhanced by M-specific additions. They include the front twin kidney grilles, roof rails, skid plates and ORVMs finished in gloss black. Complementing all these changes are the sporty 20-inch Jet Black M light alloy wheels,
Inside, much of the dashboard layout is familiar to the standard X4, but you get carbon fibre inserts, sports seats and M-specific seat belts. Key features continue to include a 12.3-inch infotainment system, a 12.3-inch driver’s wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone climate control and connected car tech.
Under the hood you get a 3.0-litre twin-turbo six cylinder petrol engine pushing 360PS and 500Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All this is enough for the X4 M40i to sprint to 100kmph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph. Straightline speed isn’t everything as the revised steering rack, adaptive suspension, M Sport differential and bigger brakes balances things out with sporty handling dynamics.
As expected of a sporty M Performance model, the BMW X4 M40i will be available in limited numbers only and can be booked only at the BMW Online Shop. Considering the X4 is already part of a niche segment in India, the X4 M40i makes things even more exclusive in the country. The closest rival to the sporty SUV-coupe includes the Porsche Macan.