The folks over at BMW Blog report that sources close to German magazine Autobild say BMW’s got a couple new SUVs planned for the near future. Coming out first is the new two-door X2 scheduled for shipment in 2016. It’s said to be based on the UKL front-drive platform that will also underpin the second-generation X1 .
BMW Blog says the X2 will also share the X1’s powertrain lineup that includes a three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Keep in mind, the diesels will likely stay in Europe if or when they debut. A hybrid variant may well be on the drawing board as well. We suspect a hybrid X2 would make a highly respectable option for inner city customers looking to make a statement while cutting fuel costs.
Less is known about the possible X7 SUV . This is not the first time BMW Blog has reported on an X7 as they covered its initial media leak and then purported demise, as BMW supposedly didn’t feel the need for a large full-size SUV at the time. The magazine does however dive into the possibility of three different plug-in hybrid systems for all X Series models. Included is a three-cylinder offered in front-wheel-drive only; a four-cylinder engine offered in rear-drive X3 and X4 models; and a six-cylinder offered in four-wheel drive for the X5,X6, and possible X7. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on the topics.
The striptease is on folks, and the X4 is on center stage showing off its sides, as it starts losing some camouflage. That’s right, our spy photographers caught the new BMW X4, X5 and X6 parked at the Nϋrburgring raceway, and it is wearing less camo than the last time we saw it.
Though this doesn’t reveal much about what’s going on out back — the part that really matters on this sweet-looking crossover coupe — it does give us an idea of the styling we can expect from the profile view. The side features a rising shoulder-line that seems to connect the front and rear door handles. We can also see that the lower parts of the doors have a nice scallop to them, helping add some sportiness to the upcoming addition to Bimmers lineup.
The front and rear ends are still under cover, but thanks to the earlier unveiled X4 concept, we know that this model will feature the new BMW face — to-the-grille headlights and the slightly forward-leaning kidney grille — unlike the recently shown 2 Series .
The only detail that we have on the back that the X4 will feature a large cargo hatch , like the X6.
The drivetrain lineup is still a mystery, but we assume that it will start out with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower, and the top trim levels will likely carry a 3.0-liter, in-line six-cylinder that starts around 300 horsepower and moves up from there.
Click past the jump to see more detailed images on the 2015 X4.
After unveiling the X4 Concept , BMW started intensely testing the production version of the SUV. We have caught it plenty of times in the past, and the latest time around, we got a nice glimpse of the interior.
As no surprise, the BMW X4 will carry cues from the X3 inside and out. There are a few differences between the X3 and X4, of course, just like the X6 gets more of a coupe look when compared to the X5 that it’s based on.
The X3 and the X4 will be built on the same platform, so they will share similar chassis setups and engines. One big difference will be that the X4’s interior will be a little more luxurious than the X3. The X4 will also feature a brand-new layout that features a large iDrive display and an enlarged instrument cluster specially developed to offer the driver the best experience behind the wheel.
The BMW X4 is set to go into production in the second half of 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X4.
Rumors have been circulating about a the next-gen BMW X1 for quite some time now, but this is the first time we’ve caught one in the wild. Internally called F48, the next X1 was spied while being transported between two different test facilities in Germany on the back of a flatbed tow truck, so we still have yet to catch one in action.
The 2015 X1 will be built on BMW’s new front-wheel-drive platform, which is known as the UKL (German for "Unter Klasse" or "entry level"), and that same platform will see use on the new Mini and the upcoming 1 Series GT.
The new front-wheel-drive platform gives BMW the ability to offer more space in the upcoming X1,and reduce production cost. Though the X1 will come standard with front-wheel drive, BMW will offer all-wheel drive with the X1’s upper-level engines.
Expect the new BMW X1 to arrive late in 2015.
Click past the jump to get a better look at there BMW X1 spy shots.
Back when we first received details on the new X5 M50d, they were all still in their preliminary phase, and now BMW has finally unveiled all of the official information on its resident diesel crossover .
As no surprise, this diesel X5 will be offered with the same upgrades as the standard X5, including a new front and rear fascia, a new set of headlights and an updated interior.
The new X5 M50d will also carry a three-stage turbocharged 3.0-liter powerplant that is set to send plenty of horsepower and amazing torque through an eight-speed automatic box and out to all four wheels. This accounts for a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of under 6 seconds and fuel economy that will blow the doors off of many gasoline-powered economy cars.
The bad news is that to date, there is no mention of the new BMW X5 M50d coming to the U.S. market, hence it being a 2013 model year instead of a 2014.
Update 8/30/2013: BMW has revealed all of the specifics on the new X5 M50d. You can read all of the details after the jump.
BMW revealed the concept X5 eDrive today ahead of its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show . This BMW -developed plug-in hybrid powertrain looks quite promising: it maintains the xDrive AWD system’s torque split ability to all four wheels even when running in hybrid or full electric mode.
Cabin space is said to be only marginally trimmed from the advanced Li-ion battery pack under the rear cargo tray area - but the real headline is a sprint time that is still under 7 seconds and an all-electric cruising range of 19 miles at speeds up to 75 mph.
This BMW eDrive concept is the second time a plug-in hybrid has emerged from Munich — the first being 2012’s Active Tourer — a front-drive MPV heading for launch in a few years.
Of course, BMW’s i brand also has some striking electrified models waiting in the wings with the i8 and i3 - both of which are scheduled for big launch news during the company’s Frankfurt press conferences.
The concept X5 eDrive tests the mood for a future plug-in hybrid luxury SUV, but brings numerous technological advancements so far unseen from the smash-hit Lexus RX450h and supercharged seven-seat 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid . As currently planned, the X5 eDrive will lag behind the main models to market by about a year - for a projected late fall 2014 arrival in American showrooms.
Click past the jump to read the full preview of the 2013 BMW Concept X5 eDrive and check out the image gallery of the full i8 -style makeover of this popular luxury crossover.
BMW is preparing to recreate its entire X family and the new-generation X5 is only part of the job. The BMW X5 was first launched in 1999, and 13 years later, it’s getting ready to enter its third generation to help keep up with the changing times. As no surprise the third generation X5 features an evolutionary design language, closely related to the model it replaces, but with some elements borrowed from the recently announced X3 and X1 models.
These updates will include a more prominent grille, an aerodynamic front bumper and optional LED adaptive headlights. The new X5 was also slightly increased in dimensions so it offers more interior room and a more accommodating boot. For the interior BMW also focused on improving the comfort level and added higher quality materials.
The new X5 will be put on sale on the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of this year. At launch it will be offered with three gasoline engines with a diesel one to follow in early 2014.
Updated 5/30/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Update 6/24/2013: BMW has revealed the pricing and other details on the 2014 X5.
Update 7/29/2013: The 2014 BMW X5 configurator has hit the Internet. The only models available online for configuration are the sDrive35i, xDrive35i and the xDrive50i. To date, the xDrive35d and the X5 M are still M.I.A. You can design and build your own X5 here.
Click past the jump to read more about the new BMW X5.
BMW has been twiddling around with the BMW X4 since 2008 when the idea of a sportier version of the X3 was looking like a profitable venture. Back then, the German automaker was calling it a Sport Activity Sedan (SAS) and had thought they might be able to crank it out in 2010. Obviously that didn’t pan out, but plans for the X6’s smaller brother are still in the works, with a possible debut in 2013.
As you can see from the leaked prototype image provided above, the BMW X4 will get many of its exterior components from the X3 , including the use of the X3’s platform. Rumors suggest that the future vehicle will be produced at the company’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, which would be fitting considering the passion we, as Americans, have for SUVs.
Do we need another sporty off-roader to cram into our parking spaces and guzzle up more gas? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that the future BMW X4 won’t zoom right out of dealerships when it finally goes on sale.
UPDATE 04/05/2013: BMW has officially lifted the veil from the X4 Concept to confirm that the leaked concept images are, in fact, a reality. Also released were three videos of the new X4 concept (above). BMW went rather deep into the design of the X4 Concept, but left any details regarding the drivetrain out. See the details after the jump and you can find the images in the gallery.
UPDATE 04/17/2013: BMW has dropped a set of new images for the X4 Concept car. Find them in the picture gallery!
UPDATE 06/14/2013: The folks over at BMW Blog were at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, and caught the real-life X4 concept sitting on the floor. So they did what any auto-loving bloggers would do: snap tons of images and put them online. The new images are after the jump and more in the Gallery.
People have been talking about a possible BMW X4 for quite some time now and now that the concept version has been officially unveiled, those rumors have been officially confirmed. To add a little extra fuel to the X4 fire, there are now rumors about a possible X4M version. Not a big surprise though, considering that almost each model in BMW’s lineup also has an M version.
The upcoming BMW X4M comes as a direct competitor to high-performance variants of the upcoming Porsche Macan and will go on sale in 2015. The X4M is dubbed internally as "an M3 on stilts" and will be powered by the same M3 in-line six-cylinder engine that is derived from an extensively reworked N55. The engine will be mated to an M-engineered torque-sensing differential, which will drive all four wheels. BMW will also offer an advanced electronically controlled torque vectoring system, and X4M-specific springs, bushes and damping rates.
From the M3 the future X4M will be also adopting the BMW M’s Electro-mechanical steering and a revised M-DCT transmission. On the exterior the X4M will use typical M design elements, including a more current M-Type kidney grille, exterior mirrors, subtle rear boot lid spoiler, traditional quad exhausts and a full carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic roof - a first for an X-Series M model.
Updated 04/15/2013: With the prototype X4 images in hand, we were able to bring you a revised rendering of the upcoming X4M. You can see the image above and have a look at the old rendering in the gallery. You can see a comparison of our two renderings after the jump Enjoy!
With a package name that is similar to a fax machine’s model number, the BMW SP6 X is Sportec’s attempt to change your mind about diesel engines. Sure, at one point in the past diesels were loud, rough and loaded with nothing but torque, but times are changing. We have a sneaking suspicion that this tune may change your perception of a diesel engine.
The package mainly focuses on the performance of the X6. In this example, the car is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder diesel engine that, thanks to Sportec, now produces 370 horsepower and 750 Nm (553 pound-feet) of torque, a nice bump from the stock 306 horsepower and 600 Nm (442 pound-feet) of torque.
This bump in output helps shave 1.1 seconds from its stock 6.5-second 0-to-60 mph sprint, which in real-time, 1.1 seconds seems like nothing, but in a 0-to-60 launch, that’s a lifetime. To add to the beefy upgrade, Sportec has also upped the top speed from 130 mph to 163.4 mph, making this Bimmer a touch more exciting.
Finally, the exterior features sporty exhaust tail pipes that breathe out more spent-diesel-fuel fumes and custom 19-inch OZ wheels to reduce the X6’s weight and add a little extra sport to its look.
So, do you still think diesel engines offer no fun?