The G02 BMW X4 has finally landed in Malaysia, nearly 16 months after it was unveiled for the first time on Valentine’s Day last year. There’s only one variant on sale here though, that being the xDrive30i M Sport. Its estimated price is at RM380k before insurance, and the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, free scheduled service programme and BMW Tyre Warranty programme.

Update: BMW Malaysia has revealed the official pricing for the CKD BMW X4, at RM364,800

In simple terms, the second-generation X4 is essentially a “coupe” version of the G01 X3. Up front, the face is broadly similar to the X3, with adaptive LED headlights (anti-dazzle beam is available too), LED daytime running lights, large chromed kidney grilles, and aggressive-looking M Sport front bumper with horizontal LED fog lamps. This model gets its plastic claddings finished in body colour, instead of the unpainted items on non-M Sport models. Selected exterior trims are finished in BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line.

The characteristic low-slung roofline of the X4 is immediately recognisable from afar, and this tapers off to the rear where it meets the muscular rear haunches. Of course, the tail lights stay true to BMW’s latest design philosophy, hence the slim, three-dimensional LED units. The bumper-mounted number plate recess takes away what would otherwise be a cluttered tailgate. M Aerodynamics package and twin tailpipes come as standard, too.

The SUV sits on 20-inch double-spoke style 699 M wheels, shod with 245/45 Pirelli P Zero run-flat tyres up front and fatter 275/40 rubbers behind. The brake calipers are painted in blue and come with “M” designation.

Before stepping inside, let’s talk size. The new X4 has grown quite considerably, now being 81 mm longer (4,752 mm), 37 mm wider (1,918 mm), three millimetres shorter (1,621 mm) and has a 2,864 mm wheelbase (52 mm longer than before). As usual, BMW claims a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Inside, no surprises await. The main dashboard architecture is basically lifted off the X3 – there’s the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a slimmer three-spoke M Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, 10.25-inch BMW Navigation system Professional (touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay support) with built-in hard drive for storing audio files, as well as a 600 watt 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.

The standard kit includes three-zone automatic climate control, anthracite headliner, M door sills, ambient lighting (six colours to choose from), Galvanic embellishers for controls, “aluminium rhombicle” trimmings, and powered sports seats wrapped in Vernasca leather (available in black and Tacora Red; the latter only for Alpine White and Carbon Black exterior paints).

Elsewhere, there’s colour head-up display, powered tailgate with comfort access system, 40:20:40 split configuration for the rear seats, as well as storage compartment package. Powered sunroof is available too, as are heat protection and sun protection glazing. Boot space is rated at 525 litres, but expands to 1,430 litres with the seats down.

For performance, the familiar B48 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine manages propulsion duties here. It makes 252 hp at 5,200 to 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1,450 to 4,800 rpm, with drive channeled to all four wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The 0-100 km/h sprint is achieved in 6.3 seconds before topping out at 240 km/h, and it has an average fuel consumption rating of 7.8 litres per 100 km. Being an M Sport derivative, this X4 xDrive30i benefits from adaptive suspension and variable sport steering. The AWD system includes electronic diff lock, hill-start assist, hill descent control and performance control.

Lastly, safety. This includes the usual three-lettered acronyms, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, six airbags, two Isofix mounts for the outer rear seats, cruise control with brake function, parking assistant, and rear view camera. Sorry folks, still no autonomous emergency braking (AEB) here. Also on is BMW ConnectedDrive services which bundles Intelligent Emergency Call and Teleservices.

At RM380k, the locally-assembled BMW X4 xDrive30i M Sport is slightly cheaper than its direct rival, the C253 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe (also CKD; RM400k). The X4 is available in four colours – Alpine White, Carbon Black, Flamenco Red, and Phytonic Blue. You may watch the video review below, or alternatively read the written piece, here.