2022 BMW X4 Changes Include New Powertrain, Technology

Chris Teague | Jun 08, 2021

BMW has thoughtfully expanded its SUV and crossover lineup in recent years, and the lightly updated 2022 X4 sits right in the middle of the BMW crossover catalog. It is based on the BMW X3 but features a fastback roofline that transforms it into what the company refers to as a “sports activity coupe.”

2022 BMW X4 Silver Front Quarter Action

The 2022 BMW X4 lineup will include two primary models: The standard X4 xDrive30i ($52,795) and the performance-oriented X4 M40i ($63,395). Both prices include a $995 destination charge to cover the cost of shipping the SUV from BMW’s South Carolina assembly plant to your local dealership.

Highlights of the changes to the 2022 BMW X4 include updated styling, revised standard features, upgraded technology, and a mild-hybrid powertrain.

The base X4 xDrive30i continues with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The M40i gets a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Both include an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

M40i models also get a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system for 2022. When needed, it provides additional acceleration, helps to power the vehicle’s electrical components, and supports extended “engine off” braking and coasting to improve efficiency.

BMW says that the X4 will sport a revised front-end design with thinner headlights, a more prominent grille, and a reworked bumper design. With the M Sport package, the X4 gains the rear bumper from the high-performance X4 M model. The M Sport xDrive30i adds larger wheels and tires, while the M40i gets the bigger 19-inch rolling stock as standard equipment. Piermont Red is a new, exclusive paint color.

The X4 M40i also comes with a host of performance-oriented features to complement its exciting new mild-hybrid powertrain. BMW will equip the SUV with a flap-controlled M sport exhaust system, M sport brakes, and an adaptive M suspension system. The automaker also tunes the vehicle’s AWD with a rear-axle power bias for better driving dynamics.

Inside, the 2022 X4 features a revised cabin with updated technology and new seating accommodations. Sports seats are standard in the 2022 X4, wrapped in newly perforated SensaTec synthetic leather upholstery. BMW notes that the seats have pronounced side bolsters to provide support during hard driving and says that the synthetic material will feel upscale while being easy to clean.

The X4 will come standard with BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional technology, which includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen. This is an improvement from the infotainment screen seen in the 2021 X4, which measured 10.25 inches. The Live Cockpit Professional system still uses iDrive 7 but brings a more intuitive user experience and expanded connected services to bear in 2022. Below the large center screen, the X4’s audio controls are new and finished in gloss black.

The 2022 X4 will also get a raft of advanced safety features in its Active Driving Assistant Package. The system includes active blind-spot warning, speed-limit detection, rear collision preparation, and numerous lane maintenance systems.

BMW has not confirmed an exact release date for the 2022 BMW X4. The automaker notes that it will enter production in South Carolina in the summer of 2021.

BMW USA is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on June 8, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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