BMW X4 has overtaken its big brother X6 in yearly sales for the first time after its launch in 2014. The compact luxury SUV witnessed skyscraping growth of 103 percent by selling 8,758 vehicles in 2019 in the United States.
The vehicle was first unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in 2014. The M Performance M40i model featuring a 355 hp turbocharged V6 engine was unveiled later in 2016 at Detroit Auto Show.
In its first year of production, BMW sold 2,653 X4 vehicles in US, the following year it jumped to 6,429 units. But then its growth stalled around 5,000 units for next three years until 2019, when it shattered all previous records with a vengeance by achieving impressive growth of 102.59 percent as compared to previous year. Meanwhile, X6 suffered from the worst sales drop in its history, a whopping 38 percent decline.
The story isn’t just isolated to U.S. market. The X4 also saw a big jump in sales in Canada by selling 1,864 vehicles in 2019 as compared to 1,007 units in 2018, an increment of 85 percent.
The 2020 BMW X4 starts at $51,100 for its xDrive30i version and $61,000 for its performance M40i. It is more sporty and elegant compared to traditional luxury crossovers. The high-end performance M and M Competition produce 473- and 503-horsepower, respectively. The 2nd generation of the X4 went on sale in the second quarter of 2018 with an extended chassis that added more length and wheelbase. This redesign could be one of the major reason for such a staggering increase in its sales.
The second gen X4’s interior with 10.25-inch infotainment system screen atop the dashboard looks very similar to X3 and considering how cheap the first gen interior felt, that’s a good thing. This time BMW applied notably better materials which feel more luxurious. Its EPA fuel economy is 22 mpg in city and 29 mpg on highway. One of its glaring aspect is that it comes standard with all wheel drive, while the X3 only comes with rear wheel drive as standard.