It's no secret that crossovers are one of the key vehicle types driving today's auto industry profits, and nowhere is that more true than among the world's luxury brands. BMW became one of the first players in the luxury CUV segment when it launched its original X5 in 1999, and buoyed by that model's runaway success, it followed up with the X3 in 2003, the X6 in 2008 and the X1 in 2009 (though the latter didn't make it to the US until late 2012). It's replaced the X5 twice since then and the X3 once, but the Bavarian automaker isn't about to let matters rest there.

First off, a production version of a new X4 model is expected at the New York Auto Show in April. The model was previously rumored to be earmarked for reveal a month earlier, but a new report from Autocar suggests that the previously mooted reveal date and location were inaccurate. The X4 is expected to apply the same controversial slant-back formula to the X3 that transformed the X5 into the X6, which will in turn lead to an update for the X3 as well.

But that's not all. Autocar also reports that before 2014 is out, BMW will unveil a revised X6 at the Moscow Motor Show in August, which will in turn be followed by upgraded versions of both the X6 M and X5 M. These high-performance crossovers are tipped to pack the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 as the outgoing versions, albeit with higher outputs than the current models' 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. All this, and they're still expected to simultaneously improve fuel consumption and emissions figures.


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      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      lame
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Enough with the SUV's, make better looking sedans
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      My parents had a 535xi wagon for a while. It was a great drive, had tons of room, and it wasn't even ugly. I guess we should just be glad that they still sell a 3 series wagon in the US.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW will become truly successful when they offer 100 different models BD
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Eggshen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate SUV's, all of them. The fact that I am reading about BMW SUV's is just so sad.
        Robbie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eggshen
        I agree SUVs are so 2003....wagons all the way baby!!
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robbie
          I am betting we see a massive resurgence in wagons/hatches over the next decade. Wagons fell out of style because they became stigmatized as grocery getters/soccer-mom mobiles, but now the crossover has earned that stigma, and all the wagon drivers are young and hip.
          patrick.mcgoohan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robbie
          5GT is not a wagon!
          Eggmania
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robbie
          how much you wanna bet hatches/wagons will never catch on seriously? they dont do anything really well, they are a compromise. americans dont like to compromise. cadillac is going to sell a ton of those giant escalades with the obnoxious lights, and all the trucks. and audi is making a Q9. you really want to see 5 series GT's everywhere?
          Robbie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robbie
          ^amen
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robbie
          Egg, wagons do everything a crossover does, but better: -Better duel economy -Safer (lower center of gravity) -Better handling/cornering (lower center of gravity) They aren't a compromise vs. a crossover, they are an upgrade. They aren't as good off-road you say? As if the typical FWD minivan-based crossovers of today have any business going off-road. Either will get stuck the instant you approach a 8" rock or a 30 deg incline. Those GT abominations have nothing to do with proper wagons.
      Kenyon
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW is a leader. Why is everyone else playing catch up? The X1 is a huge hit and now we have the CLK and Q3 coming. X3 set the standard in its class. X6 has others scrambling to copy ( poor Acura). Number 1 luxury brand in the world for a reason. I am sure the X4 clones are on the drawing board
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kenyon
        Keep the faith. They will copy this just as they did the X6 and 5er GT. Oh, wait....
          Kenyon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Hello, Brian
          The point is that BMW does what it wants, sink or swim. They develop new segments (props to MB for that hideous CLS). The X6 has been copied and is being copied. The 1 series came before the CLA and the A3. What were the GLK, Q5, and Macan doing when the X3 came out? i3 and i8? Others are watching closely. How did that idrive work out for everyone else? The first is the best. The leader will always be one step ahead. Some are still making Bangle Butts. BMW has moved on.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kenyon
        Kenyon is right. BMW is the leader in selling bizarre rooflines that no one buys, kudos to them. BMW will earn my business when they: -Offer the same standard features as a $14k Kia (bluetooth audio is a $3k option on a $45k car? Lol) -Offer powertrain options instead of just roofline options (diesel+manual? RWD+wagon? etc) -Prove they can design a fuel system that doesn't grenade itself right as the warranty expires (a 2008 335i with the original HPFP is as rare as an Enzo)
          Ak74
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          @Matt this is not 2007. HPFP is problem of the past. What is that 3K option you talking about? Just a bluetooth? Also you should find who makes Manual diesel wagon RWD and buy it from them. If not your closest choice is BMW.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's what I'd do if I was BMW CEO: Pare down the model lineups to just coupe, convertible, sedan, wagon, and crossover. No more "coupes with 4 doors" and "GT" and "coupes that are SUVs" nonsense. Then on these limited body styles, I'd offer the full bevy of powertrain choices; diesel/gas, RWD/AWD, manual/auto. I used to be a BMW fan, but now they are just a runaway freight train of different rooflines, almost all of which are limited to merely 2-3 powertrain options. Then they make simple options like phone audio through bluetooth (something standard in every $14k base Kia) a $3k option on a car that's already $40k plus. It's just insulting. I'd pay that $3k for diesel+manual option, but not for a basic option that is standard on every economy car.
        Eggmania
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        i left bmw alone when i found out leather wasnt standard on a luxury car. went to lexus and never looked back
      Dane Grant
      • 1 Year Ago
      YUCK! Who knew that BMW would look this in 2014.....
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see that the runaway success of the 5er GT and the X6 have inspired BMW to continue along the path to success. Seriously. Who is running things at BMW these days? I guess that a large number of sales failures still add up to more sales than a small number of successes. Personally, I'd prefer fewer models done well than the current onslaught of less inspired designs (and drives)...but then again, BMWs are no longer made for people like me - people who love cars. They are made for people more interested in labels than substance.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hello, Brian
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      Slideways
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry but the only market that BMW is targeting are wealthy or pretend to be tasteless immigrants that like to show their moolah around. They're the ONLY ones that roll in those ridiculous GTs and paint ridiculous colours to their M cars. Plus they flaunt around by drag racing and doing donuts in parking lots. BMW has turned their ultimate driving machine into the ultimate poser car.
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