BMW Unveils X4 M40i
Two months before it’s expected public reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW is showing off it’s all-new performance-oriented crossover the X4 M40i. Photos of the crossover coupe leaked online this week and BMW followed up with a press release and all the details.
The X4 M40i is designed to take on the Audi SQ5 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC450 AMG. Under the hood it’s fitted with a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline six based on the one found in the xDrive35i. The engine churns out 355 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. BMW says it’ll clock 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, four seconds faster than the 5.2 seconds delivered by the 35i.
A re-calibrated xDrive system is biased to the rear wheels. Plus, the suspension gets an upgrade as well, with increased camber, stiffer springs, reinforced stabilizers front and rear, and active dampers. The steering rack has also been retuned.
The new BMW X4 M40i will be available at dealers starting in February 2016.
Land Rover SUV Plans $250K+ Range Rover
Land Rover is planning to take on the slew of new super luxurious SUVs hitting the market, including the new Bentley Bentayga and upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan. To that end, the automaker’s Special Vehicle Operations arm is reportedly developing a range-topping Ranger Rover that would cross the $250K mark. Some reports even put it at $300,000. (The Bentayga sells for around $230,000.)
The new Range Rover would likely debut next year, so we imagine Land Rover must have had this in the works for awhile and that it might not be as reactive as you’d originally think. The Range Rover lineup is currently topped by the long-wheelbase SV Autobiography.
Speaking to Auto Express, Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations managing director John Edwards recently said “[the Bentley] recognizes we have created a segment and it is flattery that Bentley and Rolls-Royce soon want to join in. If you look at what we have done to Range Rover over the last five years, we have stretched the breadth of the product, the commercial footprint.”