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2015 BMW X4 continues BMW's play for global domination


BMW continued its trend today of adding more and more products to an already crowded lineup, attempting to control the universe with strict German order. Meet the 2015 BMW X4, the baby brother of the flabby X6 and slanty version of the X3 SUV.

With BMW bringing so many new variants, of other versions, of various existing models, the debate on why the brand is expanding into these niche segments, and whether it remains right to do so, has been told. A lot. So rather than repeat myself, let's take a look at some of the X4's stats:

The U.S. will see two models  the $45,625 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder xDrive28i, with 240 hp, and the $48,925 3.0-liter inline six xDrive35i, packing 300 hp. Both all-wheel drive cars mesh to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The X4 is based on the X3's platform, only with a slopey-er roof for less practicality and more supposed "dynamism."

Whether BMW succeeds in controlling the automotive world remains to be seen. But as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has taught us, the most successful leaders are often those that don't try very hard to be one.