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2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer

2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer

German tuner jolts Bimmer’s performance crossover to life

AC Schnitzer knows its way around BMW models. That knowledge comes in handy when we’re talking about a comprehensive aftermarket program for one of Bimmer’s resident performance crossovers, the X3 M.

You’re probably thinking the same thing. The X3 M already has 510 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It doesn’t need more power than what it already has, right? Well, don’t tell that to AC Schnitzer. The German tuner isn’t interested in what’s already there; it’s in the business of imagining what it could become and bringing that scenario to life. The product of all that is this extensive tuning program that not only adds a slew of aerodynamic improvements to the X3 M, but, more importantly, also adds more power to what is already a powerful performance workhorse.

AC Schnitzer hasn’t announced pricing details for the X3 M Competition program, but rest assured, expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $20,000 to $30,000 for the program alone.

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2022 BMW iX2

2022 BMW iX2

BMW’s X2 family keeps on growing

The BMW X2 is barely two years old as a model and it’s already headed down the path of electrification. A prototype version of Bimmer’s relatively new compact crossover has been spotted in the snowy abode of Sweden, and while it’s easy to assume that said model is the plug-in hybrid variant of the X2, the truth is that it’s not.

This crossover is the test mule of the iX2, the all-electric version of the X2 crossover that will be launched sometime in 2021 or 2022. The spy photos captured the iX2 prototype sans any camouflage and that’s not by accident. Visually, it’s still the X2 but that little sticker that says “electric test vehicle” confirms that, other than a few design changes, this prototype is an all-electric crossover hiding in the X2’s clothing.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016-2019 BMW X1

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016-2019 BMW X1

It’s been three years since BMW introduced the world to the second-gen X1 crossover the model that would make BMW front-wheel architecture almost bearable. The X1 is also the model that forced Audi to create the Q3 and Mercedes to create the GLA. The second-gen model is a real looker though, and we think it deserves some extra love. So, we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our favorite below or browse the gallery at the bottom of the page to find your favorite.

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BMW iNext tested at the polar circle

BMW iNext tested at the polar circle

The Bavarian wants to make sure its first all-electric crossover is a 100-percent fool-proof before it is launched

Do you remember the BMW iNext? Yes, the one with that Bane face from Batman? Well, it has been spotted testing in some extreme conditions. The iNext was seen going through vigorous testing in the cold weather in Swedish Lapland. It looks like BMW has a lot of expectations from the electric crossover. A little off-topic, but didn’t you notice that even the camouflage is not able to cover the huge kidney grille?

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There's A Lot To Like About The BMW iNext Concept, But It's Not All Great

There’s A Lot To Like About The BMW iNext Concept, But It’s Not All Great

The Good, The Bad, and The UGLY

After teasing us for what seems like ages, BMW has finally unveiled the iNEXT concept crossover. The production vehicle will be based on this concept, and will be up for grabs from 2021. Even though all seems hunky-dory about it, the iNEXT has left us with mixed thoughts. Here are a few.

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2019 BMW X5 Unveiled

2019 BMW X5 Unveiled

The latest and greatest in Bavarian crossover luxury

The fourth-generation BMW X5 has arrived, and it looks to bring new exterior styling, a refreshed interior, updated engines, and the latest technology features. The reveal comes mere hours after a slew of official pictures mysteriously “leaked” onto the Internet, and now, we’ve got the official specs to fill in the gaps.

Buyers can get theirs in two different trim levels, including the X5 xDr40i and the X5 xDr50i. Dimensionally, the new X5 is larger than before, with a longer wheelbase that adds an extra 1.6 inches over the outgoing model. It’s also longer overall by 1.1 inches, plus 2.6 inches wider and an inch taller, all of which should enhance the crossover’s road presence and interior room.

The new X5 looks different too, thanks to a restyled front end and those beefier proportions. Standard exterior features include Adaptive LED headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels, while laser headlights and 20-inch M-branded alloys are both optional.

Inside, the new layout seems to angle all the instrumentation towards the driver’s position, while electrically adjustable sports seats are standard. Additional M gear, such as a new sports steering wheel, new pedals, and trim bits are also offered.

As for the tech front, standard spec throws in basics like Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. There’s also a 12.3-inch instrument cluster as part of the latest iDrive system.

Two turbocharged gas engines are offered for motivation, including a six-cylinder and a V-8, with 335 horses made by the former and 456 horses made by the latter. The 0-to-60 mph sprint is completed in 5.3 seconds with the ‘six and 4.6 seconds with the ‘eight. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, while AWD puts the power to the ground.

Electronically controlled dampers keep the new X5 shiny side up, while Integral Active Steering is an available option. Expect a vast array of settings and systems to customize yours as you see fit. There’s even an Off-Road Package, if that’s your kind of thing.

No official pricing was announced, but expect the 2019 BMW X5 to slot in at around $60,000.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 BMW X6

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 BMW X6

The X6 isn’t exactly the most attractive vehicle on the market. It’s more like a weird, jacked up SUV that wants to be a coupe at the same time. Be that as it may, it won itself over on the market due, in part, to its look. Of course, when BMW debuted the original back in 2012, it didn’t exactly have any real competition to go against, but we’ll leave that story for another time. Regardless of its odd look and strange stance, it’s still a pretty cool ride if you’re able to shell out at least $63,000 before options. All of this aside, we’ve decided the X6 doesn’t really get enough love these days, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. As usual, we’ve picked out our favorite and given you a gallery to choose from just in case.

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The BMW iNext Will be a Crossover Because of Course it Will

The BMW iNext Will be a Crossover Because of Course it Will

It will probably slot above the iX3

At the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, BMW previewed by upcoming all-electric X3, called the iX3, with a production-ready concept, but the bigger news was that the crossover is getting a brand-new drivetrain that will also underpin the much-discussed and highly-anticipated iNext. Set to become the brand’s flagship EV, the iNext will debut as a concept vehicle later this year, and BMW already released a teaser photo. While many expected it to be a sedan inspired by the Vision Next 100 concept, it turns out that the iNext will be a crossover. Big surprise, huh?

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BMW Teases New Vision Vehicle With Blue And White Silhouette Image

BMW Teases New Vision Vehicle With Blue And White Silhouette Image

High-tech, self-driving, all-electric SUV concept incoming?

Like the other big-name German luxury makes, BMW has been quite busy lately offering a variety of electrified concept vehicles. Now we’re getting our first official look at the new iNEXT Vision, and it’s promising the very latest in electrified powertrain components and self-driving capability, carrying the torch as the brand’s forthcoming technology flagship.

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2019 BMW X4

2019 BMW X4

The Bavarian jack of all trades gets a second generation

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – people love their SUVs. It seems like every year, the segment gets bigger and more diverse, with a seemingly never-ending parade of tall-riding, off-road-styled, utility-oriented models filling every niche possible. One of the fresher entries in this space is the BMW X4, which hit the scene as recently as 2014 as the Bavarian’s take on compact/mid-size crossover luxury in a sporty, coupe-like package. Making its initial debut at the New York International Auto Show, the first-gen X4 has performed quite well for the brand in terms of sales, moving some 200,000 units since its introduction, nearly 10 percent of which went to the U.S. market. Now, just four years after its release, the X4 is gaining a second generation. Framed as a sporty, yet practical, yet off-road capable evolution of the Bavarian’s upscale SAC (BMW doesn’t like to call it an SUV, instead preferring the “Sports Activity Coupe” nomenclature), the 2019 BMW X4 offers consumers a surprising number of “sporty” updates, including a wider track, new suspension settings, more aggressive proportions, a lower center of gravity, and a more aerodynamic exterior.

The model line once again includes two equipment levels, starting with the xDrive30i, which replaces the outgoing xDrive28i, and ending with the more aggressive M40i, a carryover from the previous model year. Overall, the updates seem to double down on what the X4 does best, and will surely tempt buyers looking for something that can “do it all.” Read on for the details.

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2016 BMW X1

2016 BMW X1

The first BMW SUV to be built on a front-wheel-drive architecture.

It’s been six years since BMW stormed the mini SUV segment with the X1, and the German automaker has just launched the second-generation version of the car that made Audi and Mercedes-Benz create the Q3 and GLA, respectively. Introduced in 2009 as the brand’s smallest crossover and fourth SUV after the X3, X5, and X6, the X1 was praised for its powerful engines, sedan-like dynamics, and good fuel economy. The first-gen car was a commercial success with more than 700,000 units sold globally through 2014, so the second-gen X1 has pretty big shoes to fill. And needless to say, it’s looking to try and best its predecessor with a new exterior design, a revamped interior, and updated drivetrains.

More importantly, the X1 has just become the first BMW-badged SUV to use a front-wheel-drive architecture, borrowing the UKL platform from the Mini Cooper. The X1 joins the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer to form BMW’s new family of FWD vehicles, which will expand to other nameplates in the future as well. The new X1 has some stiff competition to go against, with the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3 on their way to becoming just as popular, so let’s have a closer look at how it compares to its German rivals.

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2016 BMW X4 M40i

2016 BMW X4 M40i

BMW’s long list of vehicles grows yet again with the addition of this, the M40i version of the X4 Sort Activity Coupe. Yep, to compete better with Audi and Porsche, along with the other BMW models already sold, the X4 M40i brings more sport and performance to the table.

More power, better handling, better braking, and some restyled exterior trim work gives the M40i its advantages over the standard X4. Think of the M40i as BMW’s almost an M version of its third smallest crossover.

The X4, like its big brother the X6, is categorized by its sharply sloped rear roof section that gives the vehicle a coupe-like appearance despite its SUV-like proportions. While not the most practical, the design is certainly sportier than the block-ish shape of the X1, X3, and X5,

Like other M Performance models, the X4 has an upgraded version of its original engine. In this case, it’s the familiar 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder with forced induction thanks to turbocharging. The result of BMW’s massaging is an extra 55 horsepower and 43 pound-feet of torque. Matching the extra power are performance-oriented Michelin tires wrapped on your choice of 19- or 20-inch wheels motivated by a standard AWD system. But more on those details later.

The M40i will go on sale in February 2016 in the U.S. for a price BMW has yet to release. Expect that information to come when the M40i gets its formal introduction at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

Updated 01/13/2016: BMW brought the X4 M40i at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and announced North American prices for the sports SUV. The model will go on sale in February 2016 at a starting price of under $60k.

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BMW Considers M Version for the X1

BMW Considers M Version for the X1

Traditional BMW fans’ heads are likely nearing capacity for change, and now I have one more bit of change to cram in there. I am talking about a report that BMW in considering building an X1 M.

That’s right, not only is BMW swapping its 1 Series and X1 to front-wheel drive, it now wants its M Performance division to operate on this transverse setup. Fortunately, the X1 M would likely be all-wheel drive, so we can give it a little bit of a pass. Still, an M-tuned compact crossover… Ugh…

According to the report, the 2017 BMW X1 M would likely have to live with a retuned version of the existing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which BMW stated could produce as much as 302 horsepower. In years past we’d say “just stuff the 3.0-liter inline-six under the hood and call it a day,” but the transverse setup under the new 2016 BMW X1 eliminates this one-time catchall solution. So, four-cylinder it is!

While that may not sound like the power output we’re all used to from an M vehicle, it is in line with its main competitors: 2015 Audi RS Q3 and 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG.

With the X1 set to hit dealers later in 2015, look for the X1 M to launch midway through 2016 at the earliest.

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BMW X6 M Reportedly Lapped the Nurburgring In 8:20

BMW X6 M Reportedly Lapped the Nurburgring In 8:20

The 2015 BMW X6 M has reportedly lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 8:20 minutes. That’s the word from Bimmer Today, which claims that the fast lap was recorded by another German publication, Auto Zeitung. The SUV was driven by Nurburgring specialist Horst von Saurma, the man responsible for more than 50 official lap times on the "Green Hell" since the late 1990s.

Though it’s impressive for an SUV, the 8:20-minute lap doesn’t make the X6 M the fastest crossover around the ’Ring. That crown remains with the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR, which lapped the German track in 8:14 minutes in July 2014. What’s more, von Saurma’s time is far off from BMW’s original claim that the X6 M would be as quick as the previous-generation 2008 BMW M3 Coupe, which needed 8:05 to complete the course. Instead, the SUV was only two seconds quicker than the E46 M3. Both M3s were driven by von Saurma in 2007 and 2000, respectively.

Despite being slower than BMW wanted us to believe, the X6 M was still quicker than a bunch of full-fledged sports cars, including the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 and older versions of the Lotus Exige S and Porsche Cayman S. That’s nothing to sneeze at given the SUV tips the scales at 5,185 pounds. The twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine and its 567 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, as well as the sophisticated underpinnings that make the SUV handle like an performance sedan work as intended.

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BMW X1 Could Get A Hybrid Version

BMW X1 Could Get A Hybrid Version

BMW’s smallest SUV, the 2016 BMW X1, could receive a hybrid version in the future. That’s the word from Australia’s Motoring, quoting an unnamed source "close to the X1’s powertrain development." Though the insider hasn’t confirmed an X1 hybrid (likely to be named the X1 eDrive) is underway, he did say such a version is doable since the second-gen X1 shares underpinning with the 2014 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. The MPV is set to receive a plug-in hybrid drivetrain by the end of 2015.

"Of course it’s possible. The design is similar [to the 2 Series Active Tourer] so in theory we could do this, but we have to see if the customer wants this," he said. "For Europe the diesel engine gives us already low consumption and CO2 [emissions], so it’s a question of whether it is [commercially] feasible, not if it’s possible," the insider added, hinting that the hybrid X1 has yet to be green-lighted for production.

Should that happen, expect it to feature a similar setup to the 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid, which combines a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The three-pot would spin the front wheels, while the motor would power the rear axle. Total output should sit around the 200-horsepower mark, combined with an all-electric range of more than 20 miles and a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 6.5 seconds. It should also return 50 mpg when using both the gasoline engine and the electric motor.

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BMW X4 M40i is Set to Arrive in 2016

BMW X4 M40i is Set to Arrive in 2016

BMW is falling in love with SUVs, as it’s already added the X4 to its growing lineup, and the X2 is just around the corner. What’s also right around the corner is the X4 M. According to a new report out of Europe, it appears as if BMW will actually release an X4 M40i just ahead of the full-blown M version.

The report continues by saying that the X4 M40i will come equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that puts out around 350 horsepower. This would give it 50 more horsepower than the current range-topping xDrive35i version of the 2015 BMW X4.

Mated to this more powerful engine will reportedly be a revised version of the existing eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Of course, this model will come standard with Bimmer’s xDrive all-wheel drive. With this drivetrain, we’d likely be looking at a 0-to-60 time of just about five seconds.

In addition to the extra pep, BMW will also work on this sportier X4’s chassis. Look for stiffer springs, larger anti-sway bars, a revised steering system, and better brakes. Also look for some styling bits, like an M Performance aero kit, special wheels, and an upgraded cabin.

According to sources close to BMW, this model will hit the market in the U.K. in the first quarter of 2016. With such a short time between now and its debut, don’t be shocked to see a concept sometime soon. What’s more, reports indicate spy shooters have already caught this model testing.

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BMW X2 Will Arrive in 2017

BMW X2 Will Arrive in 2017

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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BMW Considers a Tesla Model X Competitor

BMW Considers a Tesla Model X Competitor

A new report that quotes insiders at BMW claims that the Bavarian automaker is nearing approval to build an electric-powered SUV to battle the upcoming Tesla Model X.

The report from the German media claims that BMW will manufacture the new SUV in the same plant that its other people and cargo haulers hail from in Spartanburg, NC. To help make room for this new model, BMW boss, Harald Kruger, wants to invest a whopping €1 billion ($1.29 million as of 2015) into the North Carolina plant.

According to the insider, the only thing standing in the way of the electric SUV and your local Bimmer dealer is a vote by the BMW’s board. There is no mention of when the board will make its final decision on the new all-electric SUV, but with the Model X due in dealers soon, I don’t look for BMW to wait too long. Reports point toward a debut of no later than 2018.

The insider also reports that BMW will tuck the new SUV in with the rest of the i sub-brand, joining the existing i3 hatchback and i8 sports car. Despite knowing it will sit in the i sub-brand, there is no indication of what exactly BMW will name this model.

Though this report supposedly comes from an “insider,” BMW claims that it is nothing more than speculation. That’s not too surprising, as publicly traded automakers often try to downplay these rumors in an attempt to avoid legal issues.

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2017 BMW X1 M

2017 BMW X1 M

BMW just introduced the 2016 BMW X1 this week, and while the next-gen crossover will surely bring a bump in sales, it hardly does anything to draw in enthusiasts that have always flocked to the German brand. Because we’re betting that it’s coming, we conjured up a rendering of a sportier version of BMW’s new baby crossover, the BMW X1 M. At this point, there aren’t any solid rumors suggesting that an X1 M could become a reality, but with vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG and Audi RS Q3 out there, such a model would definitely make sense in the BMW lineup.

With that being said, this is all just pure speculation using common design cues associated with the BMW M brand. If (and that’s a big if) BMW is planning on building the X1 M, it probably wouldn’t enter into production until late 2016 at the soonest, considering that M models usually show up about a year after the standard model and the X1 goes on sale this fall. For now, though, at least we have something to dream about.

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BMW Releases Details On Second-Gen X1

BMW Releases Details On Second-Gen X1

BMW has just dropped cover on the second generation of its X1 crossover, and it promises to deliver a roomier interior, a more efficient drivetrain, and lots of innovative technology.

For its U.S. launch, the X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model on offer, featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque routed to all four wheels through an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. A sprint to 60 mph will take 6.3 seconds. An M Sport package will be offered later this year, and will come with a new steering wheel, sport suspension, and sport seats.

On the outside, you’ll find a restyled aesthetic with a taller, more rugged stance. The seating position is also raised, giving the X1 a more traditional SUV feel.

Inside, things have been redesigned as well, offering greater head- and legroom, not to mention more space for cargo. Technology is enhanced via an optional 8.8-inch control display with a touchpad controller that integrates BMW Online, BMW Apps, Remote Services, and Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information. There is also an available 6.5-inch screen.

Other options include full-LED adaptive headlights and the latest BMW heads-up display, as well as a slew of safety-oriented driver’s aides like Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beams, Frontal Collision Warning, and Speed Limit Info.

Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Look for our full write-up soon.

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