2020 BMW X4 M
The 2020 BMW X4 M is the high-performance version of BMW’s compact coupe SUV. Unveiled alongside its 2020 X3 M sibling, the X4 M arrived five years after the nameplate was introduced in 2014. A bit late to the party, but BMW finally offers a competitor for the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe. Based on the second-generation X4 that was unveiled for the 2018 model year, the X4 M shares underpinnings and technology with the X3 M. It features BMW’s brand-new S58 engine, a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six that will also power the next-generation M3 and M4 models. The X4 M is, together with the X3 M, the first M vehicle that’s available with two power ratings at the same time. The X4 M is the base model with 473 horsepower, while the X4 M Competition acts as the range-topping version with 503 horsepower.
2020 BMW X3 M
The 2020 BMW X3 M is the high-performance version of the company’s popular compact SUV. The M-badged crossover arrived a full 16 years after the X3 made its debut and enables BMW to compete with beefed-up versions of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5. Alongside the X3 M, BMW also introduced a higher-spec Competition model. The highly anticipated X3 M arrived to put an end to more than a decade of speculation. Rumored ever since the crossover arrived in showrooms back in 2003, the X3 M is finally here to take on the Mercedes-AMG GLC63. The Competition model boasts a bit more power and extra standard features, which places it in the same league with the AMG GLC63 S.
2019 BMW X7
The BMW X7 is the company’s newest and largest SUV yet. First confirmed in 2014, the X7 arrived in 2018 as BMW’s flagship hauler. It slots above the popular X5 and competes against the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Land Rover Range Rover. The X7 joins six other SUVs to complete a crossover lineup that ranges from subcompact to full-size models.
When BMW joined the SUV market with the X5 back in 1999, little did we know that the German manufacturer will become such an important player in this segment. But in a little more than a decade, the Bavarian brand has launched no fewer than four different crossovers. Come 2018, and a flagship X7 joins the market to allow BMW to enter the full-size market. The X7 is the fifth BMW to be produced in the company’s U.S. facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, joining the X3, X4, X5, and X6.
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2018 BMW X2 - Updated
Introduced for the 2018 model year, the BMW X2 is the Bavaria’s answer to the Audi Q2, launched in 2016. The small crossover slots between the X1 and X3 in the lineup, but it’s essentially a sportier version of the former. BMW offers the X2 in both the U.S. and Europe with a range of gasoline and diesel engines.
The small SUV first hit the streets in October 2015 and resurfaced again in January 2016, heavily camouflaged on both occasions. Later on, a concept car was showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, making the company’s intentions about expanding the X lineup clear as daylight. Come 2017 and the X2 broke cover as the company’s sixth crossover. Essentially a sleeker, coupe-like version of the X1, the X2 competes against the likes of the Audi Q2, which was launched in 2016. It also completes BMW’s lineup of so-called coupe-style crossovers, which already includes the X6 and the X4.
The new compact SUV shares underpinnings with the second-generation X1, which rides on the same UKL platform found in the Mini Cooper and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. As a result, the X2 is front-wheel driven in the absence of xDrive AWD and also borrows the X1’s powertrains, meaning it will cross the pond to the U.S. in similar configurations. Launched in Europe in November 2017, the X2 made its North American debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
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BMW Still Hasn’t Released the X7 and Here we Are Getting Word About a Potentially Larger X8
Away from the looming emissions cheating scandal that could drop on BMW, the German automaker is pushing ahead with the possibility of adding another SUV to add to its portfolio. The latest buzz now involves a potential X8, which could end up being greenlit for production once BMW executives make a decision on the matter this year. The prospect of seeing a range-topping X8 is intriguing, but it also puts into question BMW’s plans are considering that the X7 seven-seater is expected to arrive this year. Is BMW developing an X8 to sit above the X7? More importantly, does that even make sense given what we know about the X7?
BMW X8 to take on Audi Q8 and Range Rover Velar in 2020
BMW has already confirmed that the X family will grow in 2018 with the X7. The SUV will slot above the X5 and X6, will be the company’s largest vehicle yet, and will provide seating for up to eight people thanks to a three-row configuration. With the X2 already on its way to showrooms, BMW’s X lineup will include seven different models. But it appears that the X7 won’t be the last crossover to join in. Rumors from early 2017 claimed that BMW also wants to develop an X8 model and this scenario keeps gaining traction according to more recent reports.
The news comes from Klaus Frohlich, BMW’s head of development, who told Autocar that the German firm is evaluating a coupe-styled version of the X7. “The sector is growing fast, so there will be opportunity,” said Fröhlich. "It is early to talk about X8, but one of the first decisions I made when I worked on product strategy was to take the X5 and make the X6. Everyone said it was not necessary, but it worked. Now we have the X2, X4, and X6. They are emotional and sporty derivatives that work for us," he said.
If BMW greenlights the X8, and it’s likely to happen given that firm sees some room for it in "markets like China," it will probably go against the Audi Q8 and the Range Roger Velar. Unlike the X7, it will probably be a four- or five-seater, with an emphasis on rear-passenger comfort. BMW may also want to pit the X8 against low-end versions of the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and Lamborghini Urus, so it might become the most expensive SUV in the lineup. If it happens, the X8 should share underpinnings, tech, and drivetrains with the upcoming X7.
2018 BMW X3
The BMW X3 has always been a popular all-rounder for everyday life. Combining versatility, efficiency, luxury, and BMW driving dynamics, it’s no wonder that it sells so well, with more than 1.5 million registrations from the first two generations alone. Now, for 2018, an all-new X3 is set to roll into showrooms, and the bar has officially been raised. Offered in three different model lines – xLine, Luxury Line, and M Sport – the new X3 brings new looks with standard acoustic glass up front to go with new LED headlights, LED fog lamps, new wheels, a sloped roof, and striking body lines. The redesigned interior is more luxurious than ever and offers an improvement in comfort and functionality while three engine options will bring anywhere between 184 and 360 horsepower of people hauling goodness to your beck and call. And, to top it all off, it’s also the first BMW SAV to be offered with a trailer hitch from the factory.
All told, the new X3 is faster, lighter, and more efficient than ever, with its coefficient of drag rated at just 0.29. It’s also offered with BMW’s CoPilot, which brings things like active cruise control, lane control assist, lane keep assist, and lane change assistant, all being offered as optional equipment. It’s set to go on sale in November of 2017, so let’s dive in and take a good look at what we can expect. After all; it does have to fight for supremacy among competitors like the Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, and Range Rover Evoque.
Update 6/26/2017: BMW has dropped official specs and images for the new BMW X3. Check out the details below as we continue to update this review throughout the day.
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BMW traditionalists, allow me to direct you to that magical “x” in the top-right corner of your browsers, as reports indicate that the BMW X2 will arrive in late-2017, according to sources within BMW.
That’s right, this front-wheel-drive tiny crossover with a sloped rear hatch, like the BMW X4 and X6, will soon be a reality. The launch will start with the U.K. in 2017 and we’ll likely get our taste of this questionable crossover around the same time.
Because it’ll share its platform with the 2016 BMW X1, look for the 2017 BMW X2 to carry the same line of engines as its more useful sibling. This lineup will include am array of four-cylinder engines and a three-cylinder economy engine. I have my doubts that the three-cylinder will get any play here in the U.S.
The silver lining of the X2 is a reported M Performance model, which will use the new B48 engine. BMW will tweak the 228-horsepower B48 to somewhere around 300 horsepower, allowing it to compete with the 2015 Audi RS Q3 and the 2015 Mercedes GLA45 AMG.
Transmission choices will come in the form of either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto, with the former likely not being an option in the U.S. Buyers will of course be able to fit the X2 with xDrive all-wheel drive if front-wheel drive doesn’t satisfy their needs.
Look for the X2 to make its conceptual debut in 2016, possibly at the Geneva show. With this debut so close, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more leaks like this make their way to the media.
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Two people driving a BMW X5 in South Africa are very fortunate to be alive after a botched carjacking by a group of men posing as police officers. Rekord East, the local newspaper for Pretoria East, reports that the white BMW 1 Series hatchback was equipped with blue lights and the men were wearing jackets, bulletproof vests and had weapons that made the couple believe they were police officers, and most of the terrifying incident was caught on video by an eyewitness.
By the time the video starts, the male passenger had already been placed in the back seat of the 1 Series, and the woman was attempting to get away from two of the men. Initially, the eyewitnesses thought the carjackers/kidnappers were legitimately the police and commented that woman shouldn’t try to get away. It soon became clear that the situation was more serious than they had imagined.
At some point, the woman from the X5 realizes the men are not police officers, and she tries to run away before being dragged back to her vehicle, punched and then thrown in the back seat. The women recording the video then realize something is wrong when the two cars just begin to drive off and the man jumps from the moving hatchback. This creates a diversion and the woman escapes from the back seat of the X5 and she runs toward the witnesses, who are now on the phone with the real police.
The car speeds off with all the men in the car, and the X5 and its occupants left behind. The report goes on to say that two shots were fired in this incident, but there were no injuries reported. Police later found the 1 Series abandoned with all of the weapons and police equipment still inside. It doesn’t sound like any of the men have been caught.
The BMW X6 M arrived for the 2010 model year as one of the first M model to have xDrive all-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission. The second one was the X5 M. Unveiled at the 2009 New York Auto Show, the X6 received the company’s 4.4-liter, V-8 engine tuned to deliver 547 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, and needed 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standing start. It took BMW four years to update the X6 M, but when it did in 2014, it made the SUV faster than every 2015 M model except the M3 and M4 with the automatic transmission. Now that it’s ready to hit U.S. showrooms, the 567-horsepower beast is set to receive its fair share of Individual treatment inside and out.
As with most Individual options, the bespoke package will come in many shapes and sizes, but the first example showcases an Azurite Black metallic exterior finish and an interior dipped in Smoke White leather and Alcantara. Read on for the full details on BMW’s Individual program for the high-performance X6 M crossover.
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It’s been a month since we had our first look at the upcoming, 2016 BMW X1’s interior and now the second-gen crossover came out for another test drive. Our trusty spy photographers caught the compact crossover stretching its wheels somewhere in Germany with a bit less camouflage covering its body. Sure, most of its exterior bits are still hidden, but there are a few details we can gaze at. Our spies managed to snap a few shots inside the vehicle as well, but it appears as nothing has changed since we last received photos of the X1’s interior back in November 2014.
As a brief reminder, the second-gen BMW X1 is scheduled to make its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and hit U.S. dealerships as a 2016 model. The engine lineup will include 1.5-liter, three-cylinder and 2.0-liter, four-pot mills, the latter will be available in both gasoline and diesel guises. A ZF eight-speed automatic is likely to join the familiar six-speed manual transmission.
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The high-performance BMW X5 M was launched for the 2010 model year, four years into the SUV’s second-generation model and 10 years since the midsize, luxury SUV made its global debut. Compared to its less insane sibling, the X5 M received a more aggressive exterior, a host of bespoke interior features a more powerful engine. While the X5’s 4.4-liter V-8 was rated at 400 ponies, the X5 M’s delivered an astounding 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful SUVs in production. The X5 M was impressively fast, needing only 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. As we venture into the 2015 model year, the X5 M is receiving the same exterior and interior updates as the facelifted X5, plus a few additional ponies to its tried-and-true eight-banger.
The revised X5 M is set to make its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, where it will be displayed alongside its sportier brother, the X6 M. Read on to find out what’s new for the X5 M.
Updated 11/21/2014: We are live at the LA Auto Show, and we snapped a ton of images of the new X5 M. You can see the key images after the jump and more in our gallery.
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The next-generation BMW X1 — scheduled to hit showroom floors in 2015 as a 2016 model — is slowly revealing itself as testing continues on public roads. Although the Germans have yet to ditch the heavy camouflage covering the compact crossover, we have all of the other recently unveiled Bimmers that give us hints as to what we can expect from the X1. In short, the upcoming X1 isn’t much of a mystery as far as styling goes. And thanks to our trusty paparazzi, we now get a glimpse of the vehicle’s revised interior, which leaves us with the engine compartment as the X1’s main enigma.
We expect the redesigned crossover to receive an engine lineup that includes 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter mills with three and four cylinders respectively. The latter will come in both gasoline and diesel guises, mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. A ZF-sourced, eight-speed automatic is likely as well. The 2016 X1 won’t make its global debut until the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but we should see the uncamouflaged vehicle sooner than that. Until then, let’s have a look at the crossover’s interior after the break.
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The upcoming BMW X2 is reportedly getting a Sport variant after reports surfaced that BMW has registered the “X2 Sport” name in its latest trademark filling. A report from BMW Blog suggests that the trademark of the X2 Sport could be the long-awaited answer to questions about the available versions under the X2 name. With the X2 Sport now in play, it could be the strongest indication we have that BMW is planning to offer the X2 in three- and five-door configurations while still sharing its platform with the smaller X1.
For my money, I think the X2 will be offered as the five-door version of the line with the X2 Sport being given the three-door version.
Either way, the two models are expected to be underpinned by the same ULK1 platform that’s currently used by the new MINI and the 2 Series Active Tourer.
BMW Blog is also reporting that the X2 Sport could feature a design inspired by BMW’s existing lineup of sports activity coupes, specifically the X4 and X6. Should that be the case, expect the X2 Sport to be more dynamic than the X1. A sloping roofline certainly isn’t out of the question since the X4 and X6 continue to carry that style. Larger kidney grilles and angular headlights should also be expected for the X2 and X2 Sport.
While BMW has yet to formally announce the arrival of the X2, the recent trademark filing of the "X2 Sport" name is the latest indication that we’re going to see BMW’s new sports activity coupe sooner rather than later.
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Introduced in 2009, the X6 debuted to an SUV-crazed world that didn’t know what to think of it. The very next year, the M-version rolled out with a massively powerful, 4.4-liter V-8, all-wheel-drive, and a sport-tuned suspension. Now things were really confusing BMW’s SUV-that-isn’t-really-an-SUV is getting a substantial update for 2015, including both the standard X6 and its high performance variant, the X6 M.
Time has now passed and the X6 has been mostly accepted into the BMW fold. Like its cousin, the X5, the X6 and X6 M are getting a smart refresh for 2015. Both M vehicles receive important changes under the hood, with a three percent increase in horsepower, a welcomed 10 percent increase in torque, and an estimated 20 percent gain in fuel economy.
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