BMW Might Build an X4
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The German company’s decision to analyze this new development comes as a response to the huge success registered by its X6 model. This has managed to convince 80,000 customers worldwide since it was introduced on the market in 2008. The figure can be translated into a 200 percent increase over BMW’s initial sales target for the X6.
A BMW insider told the aforementioned source that BMW is currently considering to build a compact coupe-shaped SUV, with the vehicle expected to receive the X4 designation. However, the insider added that the production decision has not been taken yet.
"We haven't made any firm decision," the source told autocar, "however, the X6's success shows there is a continued demand for sporty off-roaders."
The X4 could be underpinned by the X3’s platform, just as the X6 is based on the X5. The X3 comes with an engine range comprising of three diesel units and three petrol powerplants.
The entry level diesel unit is a 2.0 liter four cylinder producing 177 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is followed by a 218 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque straight six. The most powerful oil burner is a 286 hp and 427 lb-ft of torque version of the straight six, which uses twin turbocharging.
The smallest gasoline engine available on the X3 is a 2.0 liter four cylinder, which develops 150 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque. The 218 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque 2.5 liter straight six comes next and the range is topped by a turbocharged 3.0 liter straight six that offers 272 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque.
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