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BMW’s New Strategy: M All The Things – 26 Models Reportedly Coming By 2021 7
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 3-series, BMW 4-Series, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW M8, BMW X2, BMW X3, BMW X4, BMW X7, BMW Z4, Reports on 12 7th, 2017

BMW recently announced plans to offer 25 electrified models by 2025 and it appears the company is going to need all of these eco-friendly vehicles to help offset a massive onslaught on new M models.

According to Autocar, BMW is preparing to launch 26 M and M Performance vehicles over the next few years. The M8 will be unveiled next year but the real push will begin when the all-new M3 debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019. As BMW M boss Frank van Meel explained, “The M3 is a crucial car for BMW M … it wasn’t the first fully fledged M car but it continues to stand for everything the brand is based upon.”

The report says the new M3 will ride on the CLAR platform and feature more aluminum and high-strength steel. The car is also slated to adopt a number of carbon fiber components to ensure it weighs less than the M3 CS which recently debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Despite rumors of a hybrid powertrain, sources told the publication we can expect a conventional twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces around 465 hp (346 kW). The car will reportedly be offered with a six-speed manual and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of which gearbox is selected both are slated to send power to the rear-wheels as the rumored all-wheel drive system was reportedly deemed too heavy and expensive.

Besides the M3, we can expect M versions of the X3, X4, and Z4. They are slated to be joined by M Performance variants of the 3-Series, 4-Series, X2, and X7.

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BMW Tests The Upcoming X7 Near Munich 6
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW X7, Scoops, SUV, U Spy on 12 6th, 2017

The BMW X7 is arguably the most eagerly-anticipated vehicle currently being developed by the German carmaker and when it launches, is almost guaranteed to sell in considerable numbers.

BMW has been testing X7 prototypes for well over a year and Carscoops reader Krystian Granatowski recently snapped some images of one on a highway near Munich.

As with previous prototypes scooped testing in recent months, this example is bathed in white and black camouflage that hides most of its key design traits. In fact, all we can ascertain from the images is that the X7 will feature a huge kidney front grille, roof rails, black wheel arches, and large rectangular tailpipes.

Beneath the skin, the X7 utilizes BMW’s CLAR platform, already in use with the latest-generation 5- and 7-Series. A host of petrol and diesel engines in six- and eight-cylinder configurations are widely expected, as is a plug-in hybrid with a four-cylinder.

Much to the delight of President Donald Trump, BMW confirmed last year that the X7 will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The SUV should hit the streets as a 2019MY.

Hat tip to Krystian Granatowski for the photos!


BMW’s Huge X7 iPerformance Concept Arrives In LA 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW X7, Galleries, LA Auto Show, Reports, SUV on 12 1st, 2017

Alongside the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept at BMW’s LA Auto Show booth sits this, the X7 iPerformance, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

As the name implies, the concept has been created as a preview for the impending X7 and bring with it an eye-catching design radically different than any current production SUV built by the automaker.

The front is unquestionably the most talked-about aspect of the vehicle. BMW designers have fitted a truly ghastly chrome kidney grille which may actually make you feel sick in the stomach. The huge grille has divided opinion among those to see the concept in person and we can’t help but think it needs to be refined for the production model.

Looking beyond the questionable grille, the rest of the X7 iPerformance’s exterior design is quite appealing. It includes slim headlights, big wheels, thin A-, B-, and C-pillars, and a seductive rear-end with narrow LED taillights.

While we don’t know how similar the road-going X7 will look to the concept, we understand that the SUV will be sold with at least three different engines, including a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with roughly 445 hp.


BMW Considering A New X8, Might Be Launched Around 2020 15
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW X7, Reports on 11 15th, 2017

BMW recently filed a trademark for the iX8 moniker and that has fueled rumors the company is working on a new crossover to slot above the 2019 X7.

While nothing is official, Autocar is claiming the model will be launched around 2020 and be positioned as a competitor to the Audi Q8 and Range Rover.

That seems to be speculation at the moment but BMW’s head of development confirmed the model was under consideration as “The sector is growing fast, so there will be opportunity.” Klaus Fröhlich went on to say “There is room for [an] X8, especially in markets like China, but there are no decisions yet.”

The publication went on to say the company is considering a number of different ideas for the X8 but the model would likely ride on the same platform that underpins the X7. While the X4 and X6 have coupe-inspired styling, it appears BMW is debating whether the X8 should follow the same philosophy or become a long-wheelbase version of the X7. The latter route would is similar to what Cadillac, Lincoln, and Range Rover do with both standard and long-wheelbase versions of their flagship SUV.

Regardless of which direction the company goes, it is believed the X8 would only be offered with a four- or five seat interior. This decision would put a lot of emphasis on passenger comfort and designers would likely reinforce this idea by adding premium materials and high-tech toys such as an advanced rear seat entertainment system.

If the model is eventually approved, it will likely be offered with an assortment of different powertrains. Nothing is official but possible choices include everything from a plug-in hybrid variant with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to a range-topping model with a twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12.

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Does The BMW X7 iPerformance Concept’s Styling Work On The 7-Series? 5
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW X7, Renderings on 10 5th, 2017

The BMW X7 iPerformance concept was one of the misfires at the Frankfurt Motor Show but Peisert Design was curious to see if the crossover's controversial styling would work on the 7-Series.
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This BMW X8 Is An X7 SAV In Disguise 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW X7, Renderings on 09 19th, 2017

All that talk about a possible BMW X8 has opened the appetite of Photoshop manipulators, who didn’t take long to imagine how such a vehicle could look like.
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BMW X7 iPerformance Study Plugs Into The Heart Of Frankfurt Show 12
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW X7, concepts, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, PHEV on 09 12th, 2017

BMW is marking the first public appearance of the new X7 iPerformance Concept  at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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BMW Rolls Out Black And White Logo For Its Exclusive Models 11
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, BMW i8, BMW X7, Reports on 09 11th, 2017

BMW has announced a new logo that’ll be used to market, promote and sell its most exclusive models.
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BMW Concept X7 iPerformance Is A 7-Series SUV [40 Pics + Video] 8
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW Videos, BMW X7, concepts, featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Galleries, video on 09 8th, 2017

Following a major leak a few days ago, BMW has finally released all the details on the X7 iPerformance concept, a near-production preview of its upcoming 2018 SUV flagship model.
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New BMW X7 iPerformance Concept – This Is It! 6
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW Scoops, BMW X7, concept, featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Hybrids, Top 5 on 09 6th, 2017

BMW promised to unveil something pretty big at the Frankfurt Motor Show and they weren't kidding as the company will introduce the new X7 iPerformance concept.
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BMW Teases What Looks Like X7 Concept For Frankfurt 6
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW Concepts, BMW X7, concept, Frankfurt-Motor-Show on 09 6th, 2017

BMW Chairman Harald Krüger recently hinted the company would have a "very exciting surprise" for the Frankfurt Motor Show and it now appears he was talking about the X7 concept.
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BMW X7 Slated To Be Offered With Three Different Engines 16
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M2, BMW X2, BMW X7, Reports on 08 16th, 2017

The same document that revealed specifications about the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra has provided some new clues about the rest of German automaker's lineup.
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Scoop: BMW X7 Edges Closer To Production, Spotted With Its Final Lights 10
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW X7, Scoops on 08 10th, 2017

BMW’s upcoming full-size X7 SUV was spotted again during some testing on public roads and this time the prototypes were wearing a full set of production lights all around.
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New BMW X7 Gets Rendered Into Reality 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW X7, Renderings on 08 9th, 2017

The BMW X7 is coming to take on the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Range Rover, but nobody outside the company knows exactly what it will look like.
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BMW’s Big And Brawny X7 SUV Gets Schooled On The ‘Ring 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, BMW X7, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Scoops, video on 07 11th, 2017

BMW has a wide range of SUVs and crossovers in its lineup, but coming to top them all is the all-new X7.
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