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has shown us anything, it's a knack for creating niches and expanding its product portfolio. Go back to the early '90s and it had essentially four models: the 3 Series
, 5 Series
, 6 Series
and 7 Series
. End of list. Since then, the Bavarian automaker has not only taken on Mini
, but has expanded its own range of models exponentially. You can chalk a big part of that up to crossovers, and another sizable chunk to giving existing models a different roofline and calling it something new. What we have here is a prime example of both.
Previewed in concept form
the better part of a year ago at the Shanghai Motor Show
, the slantback version of the X3
(and the baby brother to the X6
) is now here in full production guise. Mechanically it's essentially the same as the new X3 on which it's based, but amps up the "sport" at the expense of the "utility" part of the SUV equation.
BMW will undoubtedly offer a wide range of powertrain configurations in markets around the world, but back in the United States it'll be offered in two specs: the X4 xDrive28i, packing a 2.0-liter inline-four with 240 horsepower and a $45,625 sticker price (including destination), or the X4 xDrive35i with the 300hp 3.0-liter six and a $48,925 MSRP. Either way, you're getting an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
Though announced here at the Geneva Motor Show
, the X4 won't debut in the metal until next month at the New York Auto Show
. It'll begin production shortly thereafter at BMW's assembly plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. There's plenty more to see in the high-resolution image gallery above and the press release below
, so climb on in. Just watch your head if you're getting in the back.Continue reading 2015 BMW X4 slides in on the diagonal starting at $45,625 in the US
2015 BMW X4 slides in on the diagonal starting at $45,625 in the US
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