2014 NYIAS Unveiled: BMW M4 and X4

Today at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), BMW debuted a total of seven models: the BMW M4 Convertible, X4 Sports Activity Coupe, ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe, 4 Series Gran Coupe, an updated X3, the Concept X5 eDrive, and the i8 Concept.

While making its world debut, the M4 and X4, coincidentally, generated the most buzz out of the German automaker’s lineup.

The M4 Convertible is the first to combine the power and styling of a traditional M4 with the joy and freedom of a retractable roof. This means that owners can enjoy the same 425-horsepower 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo inline six engine, which achieves 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The BMW M4 Convertible will arrive in U.S. showrooms in summer 2014 with an MSRP of $73,425.

The X4, stylized as a sports activity coupe, is the latest in the line of X Series crossovers. Like the X6 but smaller, the X4 has a variety of powerful engine options. In the U.S., consumers have a choice between two TwinPower Turbo engines. The first, the X4 xDrive28i, features 240-horsepower 2.0-liter four cylinder and 0-60 mph acceleration in six seconds for a MSRP of $45,625. Next is the top-of-line X4 xDrive35i which features a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter inline six, producing 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds with an MSRP of $48,925. Both models include an eight-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission with shift paddles, as well as xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. Interestingly, the X4 will begin production this spring exclusively at BMW’s U.S production facility in Spartanburg, S. C., a potential sign that the company wants to expand its U.S. manufacturing base.

BMW’s Concept X5 eDrive showcases a potential plug-in hybrid future on the popular mid-size X5 model. The X5 sports a combination of a BMW TwinPower Turbo four-clylinder engine with a 95-horsepower electric motor. Combined, these engines have a fuel efficiency of 62 mpg. Drivers can select two modes on the X5: traditional hybrid or full-electric mode. While in this mode, the X5 has a maximum range of 19 miles with speeds up to 75 mph. The X5’s eDrive engine can be charged quickly using a BMW home charging station, a traditional household outlet, or any public charging station.

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe continues the sporty tradition of the 4 Series, arriving stateside early this summer. It will come with two engine choices: a 240-horsepower TwinPower Turbo 2.0 liter four-cylinder and a 300-horsepower TwinPower Turbo 3.0 liter inline six.

The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe delivers a 540-horsepower, 4.4-liter ALPINA bi-Turbo V8 engine capable of going from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. This is channeled through an eight-speed Sports Automatic Transmission with ALPINA Switch-Tronic and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. The 2015 BMW ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe will go on sale in spring 2014 for $118,225.

The BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle expands on the BMW X3 with interior and exterior revisions, as well as a BMW Advanced Diesel power. This will be the first time that the rear-wheel drive BMW X3 sDrive28i is offered for the U.S. as an entry point into the X3. The new xDrive28d will feature BMW’s 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel four-cylinder engine producing 180 horsepower. The X3 xDrive28i features BMW 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine, producing 240 horsepower. The new BMW X3 will go on sale in spring 2014.

Lastly is the i8 Concept, BMW’s version of a hybrid supercar. While the i8 Concept has been around for a while, its appearance at the NYIAS is its first before production models are released this summer. The i8 boasts an impressive 112-mpg fuel economy and 362-horsepower with an MRSP of $135,700 plus delivery and handling fees.

The Driving Life will taking a look at what to expect from manufacturers during the press preview days at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Stay tuned here as we bring you everything from the Jacob K. Javits Center.