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Were you, like us, just thinking that BMW's U.S. lineup would be fully complete if only it had just one more crossover utility Sports Activity Vehicle that slotted in somewhere between the small X3 and midsize X5? If so, we have good news. Just such a vehicle – logically and tentatively named the X4 – is rumored to be in development. Again.

Just as the X6 was designed as a sportier take on the more traditional SUV-shaped X5, the new X4 would inject a bit more Bavarian flavor into the plain ol' X3. Citing an unnamed source within the company, Autocar reports, "We haven't made any firm decision... however, the X6's success shows there is a continued demand for sporty off-roaders."

Yes, we've heard this rumor before, but not since 2008. Why the possible change of heart? Despite drawing ire from what seems to be a vocal minority, BMW reports that the X6 is handily outpacing its own initial sales projections. In fact, it's 80,000 sales worldwide is twice what the automaker had expected to sell. And one good turn deserves... something.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like they squeezed in a giant vise, to make it narrower. So much for the whole "Joy" thing. Good grief.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hack, cough, spit.... get the aftertaste of my lunch coming back up out of my mouth...

      ...and that image off of my retinas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first I was excited because I thought the Z4 was gonna get AWD... but then I saw this...


        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you for saying it so I didn't have to. What the hell is that thing and does it have anything to do with the article? I thought Bangle was gone, yet they keep digging up these old banglebortions. Come on, enough already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stop GMing yourself BMW. How about an X5.5? It fill that gap between the X5 and the X6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm waiting for the X3.14. That's the car for me.
        • 5 Years Ago

        XPi? lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        What they really need to do is start a second brand that's named after a planet/Roman god then do nothing but sell cars that it already sells except with a different logo and name.

        That's the real recipe for success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just who wants one of these (ugly styling aside) anyway? A sporty two-place off-road coupe is a question nobody asked. The earlier post that said, "Suzuki wants it's X90 back" took the words right out of my mouth. Not only is this one of the ugliest BMW creations (Isetta aside . . . it rates its own category), but the whole notion of going off-roading in this thing is a joke. Bring back something that resembles the first-gen Bronco thankyouverymuch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm this is the second article recently that mentions the X6's sales success. What success? When you look at the monthly sales charts the X6 only shows that a handful were sold each month.

      I'd rather see BMW focus on delivering a reliable new X3 and fix the ride on the Z4 then waste time launching this abomination.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a cheap chinese knock-off of...something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing how looking back we thought this was the coolest thing a
      couple years ago. I can see why it didn't make production.

      I still wish the Audi Steppenwolf made it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I learned recently BMW flys transmission from Germany to the U.S. assembly plant. Now I know why these cars are so overpriced....
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the HECK is THAT!?!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This has to stop. Enough is enough.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the X6 keeps selling beyond projection, the tide will only accelerate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would be emabarassed to drive this car. Gives me the feeling of a Paseo, Yaris or any other one of those cheap, no-frills econobox. Total Fail!!!!!!!

      What a disaster!!!!!
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