BMW pitting world introductions for the X2, X4 M40i during NAIAS 2016 image

The German automaker will have lots of North American premieres for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this coming January, but also two world debuts – the M2 and the X4 M40i.

Both vehicles have already been revealed online earlier this year, but the official worldwide public introduction will take place during the 2016 edition of the North American International Auto Show, taking place in Detroit between 11 and 24 January. Fans won’t get disappointed by the all new M2, which has been already labeled as the real spiritual successor to the iconic E30 M3. The model comes packing a punch thanks to the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six gasoline mill churning out 365 hp (268 kW) and 343 lb-ft (464 Nm) of torque – 369 lb-ft (499 Nm) when the overboost is activated. Fittingly equipped with a classic six-speed manual or a more high-tech 7-speed dual-clutch automatic the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint will last 4.4 seconds (manual) or 4.2 seconds (automatic) – with US arrival tipped for next spring.

Meanwhile, the top of the line X4 crossover will bear the M40i moniker and also comes to Detroit with the 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine boasting 360 hp (265 kW) and 343 lb-ft (465 Nm) of torque – mated to a functional package consisting of the 8-speed automatic gearbox and the xDrive all wheel drive system – dealership arrival has been scheduled in the US for February. Among the other novelties, BMW has also prepared for Detroit the X1, 7-Series, i8, i3, or the 330e plug-in hybrid.

BMW pitting world introductions for the X2, X4 M40i during NAIAS 2016a