With the arrival of the new X4 in March, BMW will expand its crossover portfolio by one more model. But while some enthusiasts may have been disappointed by the news that the Bavarian automaker isn't likely to authorize an M version of the compact slantback crossover, this latest development could help bridge the gap.

Although the line used to be quite clear between standard BMWs and M models, Munich has been blurring it with the M Performance treatment. Those have included models like the M135i hatchback and M235i coupe, the diesel-powered M550d sedan and wagon and X5 and X6 M50d crossovers. Now word has it that BMW could follow a similar formula with the X4, creating a sub-M performance model.

What's more is that the X4 M Performance model could go diesel, following a similar formula that Audi undertook with its first performance crossover, the SQ5 TDI. The major difference here is that when Audi brought the SQ5 to these shores, it ditched the diesel for a gasoline engine. Could BMW do the same?

What kind of performance X4 should BMW offer?
A diesel X4 M Performance model for me, please. 2045 (40.5%)
Either give us a full-on X4 M or give us nothing. 1048 (20.8%)
Call me ignorant or apathetic, but I don't know and I don't care. 1957 (38.8%)

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      there should be another one saying "i don't really like SUVs"
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      Why start with a worthless turd like an X4. Give use a 320D with performance M.
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      BMW just blew Cadillac/Lincoln out of the market
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        With this odd non-minivan, non-SUV, non-sports car? The compromise that offers bulk and high center of gravity for what benefit?
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      Need a 4th option like "BMW should not be making crappy SUV's in the first place"
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        I wouldn't call it a crappy SUV by any means, but I would prefer if BMW focused on it's core models.
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        To be fair, the X5/X3/X1 are decent vehicles and big profit generators (which means more performance cars and more racing). But that's because they sell, there's a place for them in the market. The X4/6 and 3/5 Series GT's on the other hand... not so much.
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      BMW's or produced in my home county and state of sc,but they are a bit rich for my wallet.they are made beautiful and strong.I remain faithful to my 13 year old avalon!
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      bmw so sucks now. grew up loving them. now drive an A5! Audi for life. BMW's are just so lame now.
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      Judah Richardson
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      Should be a relatively safe way to see if performance diesels play well in the States, especially since the M550d is Germany-only.
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      i like it, but still would want the full functionality of the X3 instead, or x5.. but there is a market for this, so why not. why do people complain about more options. that's just nonesense..just because 'autoblogers' like diesel station wagons does not mean the other 99.9% of the population wants the same thing i say the more options the better, as a matter of fact where is my ride phulease , a 3-series wagon with a 4.0L NA V8 under the hood and none of the electronic nanies
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