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.
Tell us if you’ve seen this song and dance before.
The Rolls-Royce SUV , which has been killed and brought back to life more times than the villain in a slasher movie, appears to be back on the optimistic side of Rolls Royce management.
According to Automobile Mag, the British luxury maker is back to considering the possibility of building the Rolls Royce SUV, provided that the BMW X7 , which has had its own uncertain future, hits the market.
Remember, BMW initially had plans for a super luxury SUV a few years ago but ultimately canned those plans. But now, Automobile Mag points out that the market has changed with the introduction of high-end SUVs, including one from Maserati .
So, speculation of BMW revisiting the X7 might not be as farfetched as they once were. And if Bimmer does push forward with it and builds the SUV, Rolls Royce may finally follow suit and built its own, especially if it has a platform - the X7’s - that it can use.
Also, don’t sleep on how the Maserati Levante does as far as sales are concerned. In the event that it ends up becoming a hit, will Rolls Royce just sit back and let its competitors have the spoils? We think not…
About the only thing we know at this point is that the Rolls Royce SUV is neither alive nor dead. It’s stuck in limbo and for those waiting for it, that’s probably the best place for it to be on at this time.
Click past the jump to read about the Rolls Royce SUV’s potential rival: the Maserati Levante
When it comes to the possibility of a BMW X7, we’ve heard all kinds of things. First, there were rumors saying it would be produced and then the rumors were pulled back saying that plans for the X7 had been canceled . Now, it has turned into a game of tennis with the plans switching back to the production side yet again. That’s right, the SUV is back on track, but only because the Chinese market is asking for it.
This may seem like it came out of nowhere, and it has. Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the upcoming world’s largest economic summit in Seoul. The main topic of this summit is “global rebalancing,” but amidst all of the mumbo jumbo is a couple of paragraphs that lead us to believe that BMW is rethinking its decision to pull the BMW X7 out.
"So, BMW is downshifting. While it makes one big sedan especially for the Chinese market, it isn’t ramping up production enough to fill all its Chinese orders. It wants to make sure it has sufficient supply for the U.S. and Germany."
"The company is also counting on the U.S. to rebound more quickly than doom-and-gloomers think, making rebalancing less necessary than the leaders gathered in Seoul believe. It is even reconsidering its decision to cancel a new large SUV, which was meant mainly for U.S. buyers."
Is the X7 back on? We think so. All we need to find out now is if BMW will be relying more on the growing Chinese market as stated in the report, or if the plans for the X7 to be sold in America will stand.
UPDATE 05/27/2011: Automobilemag has revealed new details on the upcoming X7. Codenamed F17, the new model will be built on a long-wheelbase platform X6 and will take on the upcoming Audi Q9 and the next generation Mercedes GL. The model will add third row seating in order to offer interior room for seven passengers. It will be offered the China, Russia, and United States markets.
Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW X7.
Back in June we reported that BMW might work on a new super luxury SUV supposed to be called X7 . But now it looks like BMW will spend its time on more fuel efficient products. According to BMW CEO, Norbert Reithofer, there will be no big SUV, but instead there will be a hybrid version for both X6 and the new 7-Series. The 7 Hybrid will make its debut in the second half of 2009.
There is also confirmation that a four door GT model will make its way into the market. On the horizon as well there will be a new Mini SUV and a new Rolls-Royce Phantom.
First rumors about the X7 started to surface three years ago. Back then was just a buzz, and that’s it. But now, company insiders revealed that BMW is working on a super luxury SUV. The future X7 will be built as a competitor for the Land Rover Range Rover.
BMW is waiting to see what will happen with the US SUV market and after will decide the faith of the X7. If things won’t get better, probably the X7 may be canceled. Another important thing to know is that the X7 would only work if alternative fuels like hydrogen and hybrid technology become mainstream.