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      12-03-2018, 08:20 PM   #1964
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Originally Posted by ynguldyn View Post
This rumor is plausible - we've seen US cars being delayed in their transition to the new engines before: F30 LCI became 330i B48 in Europe right away, while in the US there was one year of 328i N20/N26 LCI, and the current EU G30 530i is B48TU, while the US one is still the original B46. In the case of the F30 it was actually a very late decision: the US LCI was supposed to have B48 until maybe a year before introduction. So, even though right now all X5 M50i are MY2020, delaying it for some or all markets would not be unusual at all.

Oh, and one more thing: the N63TU3 training manual explicitly states that N63B44M3 is a transitional engine that will be quickly phased out, so BMW is not even hiding this fact from their US technicians.
I wonder if they are sniffing around a market gap where customers want "the big motor" but not the msport appearance and other associated msport design elements. I feel like it's possible the X5 and X7 400-450hp demo/price points in the USA might be right where that market gap exists