My guess is a 12% increase due to the new technology and skipping a model year. 12% is a hefty base increase, but even at 12%, that puts the base price in line with all the 54K rumors. If they are going for the rumored volume, 54K base makes much sense. Puts the car within reach of many on a budget, but BMW knows that many will be folks woth money to burn and will option the car out, adding to BMW's coffers. Not to mention the steep Euro nation prices, those poor guys jeez. 54K for the US market sounds right IMHO.
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