The G02-generation BMW X4 follows in the footsteps of its F26 predecessor in offering a more compact SAC (sports activity coupe) model to sit alongside the more conventionally styled BMW X3.

This adopts the new BMW family face which features the new, larger dual kidney grille, flanked by trapezoidal headlights. Along the sides, the G02 X4 wears the tell-tale ‘hockey stick’ of current BMWs such as the G11/12 7 Series and the G30 5 Series, a motif here implied on the X4 by a quarter panel and mid-door crease line.

Powertrain options we sampled included the 3.0 litre inline-six turbodiesel in the xDrive M40d and the 2.0 litre inline-four turbo petrol in xDrive 30i guise – it is the latter which we are most likely to receive in Malaysia, and so it is the one we are focusing on here. Slight shame that the former is far less likely to make it here though, as it is quite an impressive diesel.

Outputs of 252 hp and 350 Nm of torque from the now-commonplace 2.0 litre petrol engine are channeled to all fours via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, housed in a bodyshell that has grown in most exterior dimensions relative to its F26 predecessor.

How does it all translate for technological underpinnings of the X3, dressed in a sleeker roofline? Watch the video above to find out, and read our written drive impressions here.

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