The Geneva motor show served as the perfect stage for BMW to showcase its new muscular BMW X4, which will go on sale in July.
> The X4 follows in the footsteps of its bigger brother the X6 and borrows a number of styling cues from the larger SUV while offering a much tighter, smaller and more affordable package.
BMW has attempted to combine the character of a bulky 4x4 with the classic coupe design of smaller models such as the 4 Series.
The X4 is built on the same platform as the X3 but sits 36mm lower to the ground, therefore offering a more dynamic and agile profile.
The X4 will be available with three different engines, all of which are of the oil-burning variety.
The smallest of these is the 2.0-litre, 190bhp lump in the XDrive 20d that will sprint from 0 to 62mph in 8.0 seconds. Mated to the optional 8 speed automatic transmission, it will also manage 54.3mpg on the combined cycle.
The mid-range engine is a 3.0-litre unit in the xDrive30d model that develops a power output of 258bhp. The 0 to 62mph sprint can be achieved in 5.8 seconds and the top speed is an impressive 145mph.
The xDrive 35d M Sport model at the very top of the range comes with an almighty 313bhp and launch control as standard.
Fuel economy figures are a respectable 47.1mpg on the combined cycle but the machine is considerably faster than its counterparts. The 0 to 62mph dash only takes 5.2 seconds and the powerful engine will continue to rocket its occupants to 153mph.
Standard kit on the range-topping models includes an automatically opening tailgate, Variable Sport Steering, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, front and rear Park Distance Control and Xenon headlights.
Prices start at £36,590 for the xDrive 20d and rise to £48,990 for the xDrive35d M Sport.