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2015 BMW X4 drops the roof (pictures)

The all-new X4 features a slanted back roof on an SUV body, following the unique profile previously set by the X6 model.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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The X4 is a completely new car added to the BMW line-up.

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The X4's grille features strongly-defined louvers and the M Sport package adds the aggressive intakes seen here.

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An available camera system includes a front-mounted camera with a 180-degree view.

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LED headlights are a new high-tech option in BMW's arsenal.

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The roofline, with its sharp rake towards the rear, is the signature design piece of the X4.

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BMW considers the X4 a dynamic performance vehicle compared to the more utilitarian X3 SUV.

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Available 20-inch wheels give the X4 an impressive stance.

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The X4 models sold in the US will come standard with all-wheel drive.

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The X4 looks a little bulky towards the rear.

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Despite the sloping hatchback, the cargo area appears ample.

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There is quite a lot of technology available for the X4, such as a head-up display and adaptive cruise control.

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BMW calls the seating 4+1, as a third passenger in the rear seat would not be very comfortable.

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BMW has standardized much of its technology, so most of what you can get in the X3 or 4-series is also available in the X4.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only choice in the X4.

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