BMW Reviews Strong Revenue, Gears Up For American-Produced X4 SUV

Today BMW announced a March enhance of 6.9 % in excess of a 12 months in the past, with 12 months-to-date revenue up 2.6 % to 81,034 sold more than the exact same period final yr.

It was a powerful functionality.

“You could virtually feel the want as March roared out with record-breaking numbers for BMW making for a sturdy commence to the spring season,” explained Ludwig Willisch, president and CEO of BMW North America, about the rise. “New versions from the 2 Series to the 4 Series to the X5 are gaining traction in the marketplace.”

New roll-outs also consist of the X4, a smaller sized variation of the productive if misunderstood X6 SUV that BMW launched in 2009, and which will debut later this month at the New York Automobile Demonstrate. The car is meant to combine the performance and capability of a premium Sports Activity Car with the design and elegance of a traditional coupe. But it is a bit of a danger, due to the fact plenty of critics (and drivers, for that matter) have panned the X6 as “heavy”, “fat”, “pointless,” “slab-sided,” and “too thick in the middle.”*

Plus, the X4 is as humorous mix of things, which could be complicated for shoppers: It’s smaller sized than the X6 but has the exact same 5-door configuration and fastback profile. And it’s slightly longer and lower compared to the X3 on which it is based mostly but with a encounter related to that of the X5.

Point is, the compact sporty X6 became a sleeper hit, promoting far more than 250,000 designs to date and comprising almost 10% of complete BMW revenue throughout the world.

The company is hoping the same issue will apply to the X4 and is putting its funds the place its mouth is: BMW not too long ago invested $ one billion at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant and announced ideas to increase annual vehicle manufacturing there to 450,000 units by 2016. To date Spartanburg workshops have produced the X3, X5, X5M, X6 and X6M SUVs—and now the X4 will join the crew as nicely.

At the very least, this new model gives tons of possibilities. X4 comes with a decision of 2 TwinPower Turbo engines: The $ 45,625 X4 xDrive28i has a 240 horsepower 2.-liter 4 cylinder engine that goes -60 mph in 6. seconds. The $ 48,925 X4 xDrive35i has a 300 horsepower 3.-liter inline 6 and a -60 mph time of 5.2 seconds. The 2 models contain an 8-velocity Steptronic sport automatic transmission with shift paddles as effectively as xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive method.

It is a whole lot to pick from – some would say BMW is cutting the pie also thin, as it were, by providing so numerous variations on a theme. But when I asked him about it in Detroit, Willisch mentioned new models like the X4 only help strengthen the 98-12 months-previous brand.

Click via the slideshow to see a lot more of the X4.

*I for a single adore how the X6 seems to be and would bet income that if half the folks who criticized it truly drove an X6M they’d be right away converted. The performance on this thing is exceptional it’s one of the most fun whips I’ve driven.

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