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The BMW X4 M40i has started production at BMW of North America’s plant in Greer. The new model is expected to be available to dealers starting in February. (Photo provided by BMW of North America)

The BMW X4 M40i has started production at BMW of North America’s plant in Greer. The new model is expected to be available to dealers starting in February. (Photo provided by BMW of North America)

By Matthew Clark
mclark@scbiznews.com
Published Oct. 1, 2015

BMW of North America will roll out a new model as part of its X4 line. The M40i, which is currently in production in Greer, will include a new 6-cylinder inline engine and the standard inclusion of the automatic 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

“We are trying to gear toward our customer demands,” said Rebecca Kiehne, spokeswoman for BMW’s Product and Technical division in New Jersey. “Everything that we do is based on customer demand.”

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According to the specifications, the engine “delivers 355 horsepower at between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm from its 3-liter displacement, providing a maximum torque of 343 foot-pounds.” Tests show the model accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

“You won’t find this engine in any other cars,” Kiehne said. ”This engine was chosen and consequently integrated as a power unit that perfectly adapts to the requirements and to the space available in this new model.”

The Steptronic transmission is an automatic 8-speed that will be available in the classic, on-the-floor or controlled by paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

The design includes “20-inch M light-alloy double-spoke wheels with optional Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and the sport exhaust system with valve control and black chrome tailpipes on both sides.”

“The BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system has been recalibrated with more power routed to the rear wheels during normal operation,” according to the specifications released by BMW.

Seven paint colors will be available for the X4 M40i. Six of those colors are currently available with M Sport on other X4 models. Six leather upholstery colors can also be selected for the interior, as well as four different interior trim levels.

“The new BMW X4 M40i is the top of the range model of the successful BMW X4 model series and sets new standards in the Sports Activity Coupe segment,” Kiehne said.

According to BMW of North America, the new X4 model will be available to dealers starting February 2016.

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