This week at the New York International Auto Show, BMW presented consumers with two new extensions of the 4-Series that aren’t quite coupes at all: the X4 sport-utility vehicle, and the 4 Series Gran Coupé. The X4 is the spiritual, smaller sibling of the X6 sport-utility vehicle, emphasizing style and flash over versatility and practicality. Not a full-fledged SUV, but neither a tall, four-door coupe (more on that in a minute), the X4 looks the part of a scaled-down X6, and little more.
Much less confusing is the engine and transmission strategy for these two models. The X4 and 4 Series Gran Coupe both utilize the same turbocharged engines: a four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower, and a 300-horsepower inline six. Sound familiar? That’s because these engines are already tried and tested stalwarts of the BMW lineup that yield above-average fuel economy, for their respective classes, as well as performance. Eight-speed automatic transmissions will be the only ones offered.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe and X4 will both go on sale in the United States before the end of 2014, and more than likely in the next few months. Introducing these two vehicles seems a natural step for BMW, which is set on expanding its product lineup to fit nearly every niche. Each version of the X4 will carry a base price in the mid-40s, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe will be slightly less expensive.
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