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More than a month ago since introducing the BMW X7 to the global public, the German premium carmaker has unveiled its flagship SUV to the North American audience at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is quite ironic since the BMW X7 is built at the carmaker’s Spartanburg manufacturing site in South Carolina.
There is quite no need to tell all the details about the new BMW X7. Nonetheless, the X7 that will soon arrive in the United States will be available in two guises, powered only by petrol engines. As what BMW has revealed, the X7 SUV will be offered either as the X7 xDrive40i or the X7 xDrive50i. The BMW X7 xDrive40i has a core in the persona of a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six engine. This mill is tuned to deliver 335 hp (250 kW) of max output as well as 330 lb.-ft. (447 Nm). This power is enough for the xDrive40i to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.8 seconds.
On the other hand, BMW is offering a more powerful version of the X7 SUV, which would be an ideal fit for customers who wanted to squeeze more performance from the flagship. The BMW X7 xDrive50i will be powered by a newly developed twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that can deliver 456 hp (340 kW) of max motive power as well as 479 lb.-ft. (649 Nm) of peak torque. This engine can send the X7 xDrive50i sprinting from nil to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, or around 0.6 seconds quicker than the X7 xDrive40i.Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: BMW X7 flagship SUV makes its debut in North America
BMW will launch the fourth generation of its X5 SUV to the global market in March 2019. Its high-performance version, the X5 M, would follow but that would take some time. As there would be customers who want their new X5 looks sportier than usual, BMW is allowing them to dress up their SUVs in M style through M Performance Parts.
Just in time for the global launch of the new X5 (05), BMW will be offering an extensive range of M Performance Parts, as available through the Original BMW Accessories program. Just like any other M Performance Parts, the ones that will be available for the new X5 were developed through racing expertise of BMW M. All of these M Performance Parts have a functional purpose, such as enhancing the X5’s aerodynamics or contributing to its already intelligent lightweight concept.
A number of M Performance Parts for the new X5 are made from carbon fiber, giving the SUV a more striking appearance inspired by motor racing. Most of these CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) components feature a final high-gloss polish for further depth effect.Read the entire article Extensive M Performance Parts will be available at launch of the BMW X5 (G05)
Just recently, BMW introduced its much-anticipated flagship SUV -- the all-new BMW X7 – after more than four years of wait. Now that it is finally arriving, high-performance customers are wondering how many years they would have to wait before the German premium carmaker creates a BMW X7 M.
The reality is that there is yet no clear sign that BMW would create an M version of the newly unveiled X7 SUV. While the X7 M is a possibility that can’t be discount, it might be hard to imagine how the high-performance version of BMW’s flagship SUV would look like. Good thing though, an automotive graphic artist is here to help with his own rendering of the BMW X7 M.
X-Tomi Design has been known for his renderings of still non-existent versions of vehicles that are in the market or have just been unveiled. His graphic works are usually realistic, to the point that it seems that his renderings were actual official images released by carmakers. X-Tomi latest comes in form of the BMW X7 M, which would be the high-performance version of the newly unveiled X7.Read the entire article This BMW X7 M looks like the real thing from the future
It has been more than four years since BMW announced the imminent arrival of its largest sports utility vehicle ever. Now, the German premium carmaker is finally introducing its much-anticipated flagship SUV – the all-new BMW X7.
Set to be produced at the BMW Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina, the new BMW X7 will be launched to global market in March 2019.
The burly yet elegant exterior of the new BMW X7 essentially preaches the fact that it is large premium flagship SUV with huge intentions in the segment. Its exterior is wrapped in massive dimensions: 5,151 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width and 1,805 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 3,105 mm.Read the entire article BMW finally introduces its all-new X7 flagship SUV
The first time you see the 2019 BMW X4 (G02), you wouldn’t notice that much of a difference compared to the outgoing model when it comes to the exterior. However, the German automaker actually gave it the latest technology so it can still be among the best models in its highly competitive segment. This model will go on sale in the United States in July 2018.
When looking at it from the outside, the X4 now gets a larger grille. Though its body does not look like it has grown perceptibly in size, the model’s measurements actually grew by 3 inches (76.2 millimeters) in length, 2.1 inches (53.3 mm) in wheelbase, and 1.4 inches (35.6 mm) wide. The ride height then lowers by 0.1 inch (2.54 mm). There’s good news for passengers as the legroom has been expanded by an additional inch (25.4 mm). Despite it being larger, aerodynamic drag has decreased to 10 percent.
The 2019 model year has been equipped with plenty of standard equipment including LED headlights. Inside, there’s a 10.25 inch infotainment display on top of the center stack that features navigation. There are safety assist systems like front collision warning, collision mitigation and braking, plus pedestrian detection. Extra features include a panoramic moonroof and three zone climate control.Read the entire article 2019 BMW X4 (G02) gets plenty of tech upgrades, will start selling in July
Are you one of those people whose favourite colour is black? If you are, then you will definitely love this murdered out BMW X5 M example here. And by the way, let us be clear that mounting black wheels on a random black car does not make it qualify as having been murdered out. Speaking of blacked out cars, check out this X5 from Z-Performance. At first glance, you would think that this example is owned by your favourite villain who wants to rule the world.
Almost every week, we hear from at least one aftermarket tuner, but Z-Performance isn’t one to make a lot of noise on a regular basis. And even if they don’t, did you know that they have actually been around for 26 years now? One reason why not everybody knows of this tuner is also because they specialize in customs wheels more than anything else.
Having said that, this BMW X5 had been given a set of forged 22 inch Z-Performance wheels that measure 10.5 inches wide and a full 12 inches out. Of course, the wheels were finished in no other than matte black in the center, with glossed up lips.Read the entire article This blacked out BMW X5 M by Z Performance will definitely turn heads
BMW has just started the countdown for the eventual launch of the BMW X7 in the end of 2018 by commencing the pre-production stage for the flagship sports utility vehicle. In a twist that waiting fans and potential customers would really appreciate, some juicy details about the new BMW X7 were recently leaked to the public.
All started when someone was able to get hold of the vehicle identification number (VIN) of a BMW X7 built at BMW’s Spartanburg site in South Carolina. This VIN is enough to uncover a number of details about vehicles produced by BMW Group’s brands like BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce. One just needs to input the last seven digits of the VIN into the BMW VIN Decoder accessible at the bimmer.work Web site, and the system would generate a list of information about the vehicle that includes its standard features and optional equipment.
By inputting the last seven digits of the VIN of this particular BMW X7 into the bimmer.work Web site, interesting specs were revealed. For instance, this VIN belongs to a BMW X7 xDrive50i made for the United States. This model has five doors and is powered by a twin-turbo DOHC V8 N63M engine with a displacement of 4.40 liters and power output of 340 kW (456 kW). This engine sends power to all wheels (xDrive) via an automatic transmission. The exterior is wrapped in Alpina White and as expected it is well-equipped as standard.Read the entire article Leaked specs of US-bound BMW X7 xDrive50i show wide array of standard and optional features
The unveiling of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September indicated the imminent arrival of a new flagship sports utility vehicle. Now, the German premium carmaker has started the countdown for the launch of the final model – the BMW X7 Sports Activity Vehicle -- after the first pre-production models rolled off the assembly at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
According to the carmaker, this signals the countdown for the final 12 months leading to the unveiling of the final production version in the end of 2018. The production of the pre-production models at the BMW Group Spartanburg plant will allow the premium carmaker to both secure and optimize future series production.
BMW Group Spartanburg plant is the current home of BMW’s X models – BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 – and the addition of the upcoming X7 means that the assembly site would soon be producing five BMW X models. BMW X7 pre-production models are being assembled at the same line as the BMW X5 and X6 production models. The company has already assigned a team that would create the series production process for the final BMW X7.Read the entire article BMW X7 is in pre-production stage, testing to begin very soon
When the German automaker powerhouse BMW revealed its Vision Next 100 Concept, the vehicle looked like it belonged to a sci-fi movie with its futuristic flexible skin-like body and radical interior. Now BMW has officially announced that it will send the futuristic automobile into production probably around 2021 in an effort to expand its i-sub trademark of electric vehicles. However, the production iNEXT will likely not look as cool and radical as the fundamental concept.
The BMW 7 series was considered the company's flagship unit for a long time, but all that will possibly change once the iNext will be released with an full electric powertrain. This futuristic vehicle from Bavaria will possibly be produced as a crossover if the rumours circulating are true. The German automaker disclosed that the iNext will be a "bigger vehicle", and BMWBLOG has it on good authority that it will be perhaps identical with regards to its shape and size as the Jaguar I-Pace that is anticipated to arrive probably this year.
The German automaker also further revealed that it will bring to play the self-driving tech that will enable the iNext to pass the Level 3 Autonomy requirements for it to be made worthy of its current position as BMW's range topper. Level 3 autonomy will allow the vehicle to drive itself in most situations, but will still need a human driver that will intervene if needed. But the iNEXT isn't the only one to boast a Level 3 autonomy, the bragging rights belong to the 2018 Audi A8 as it will be the first ever production vehicle to have a Level 3 autonomy. However, it won't be available from day one due to the laws and regulations need to be updated first before allowing it.Read the entire article BMW to roll out iNext EV as flagship model, rumored to be a self-driving crossover, by 2021
The M-series models from BMW are good examples when it comes to performance and balance. Balance is not only important when driving on the racing circuit as it is just as significant when it comes to design. Take the case of the X5 M SUV from BMW. While it does display high-performance and a large size, it does not appear to be over-the-top. It is with this philosophy that IND Distribution made sure that its upgrade program for the X5 M would not remove the model’s identity, resulting in a version that is clearly extraordinary.
There is no doubt that when on the road, the IND BMW X5 M exhibits more charisma, power, and aggressiveness. However, all the upgrades done had purpose and were refined as they complemented this model’s exterior and interior.
While the standard version is equipped with the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, IND Distribution made sure to give this one a boost. The resulting ESS software tune resulted in power deliver way above the 567 horsepower in the standard version and thus offered better acceleration. IND Distribution also installed the Eisenmann Black Series full sport exhaust system and two Eisenmann downpipes to ensure that gases are expelled much more efficiently and that the sound produced is clearly meaner.Read the entire article IND Distribution shows off BMW X5 M variant
Sustainable mobility has been the battle-cry of the BMW Group since it launched BMW i three years ago in November 2013. Since then, the BMW Group has been relentless in delivering electrified vehicles on the road, including purely electric-powered cars and plug-in hybrids. In fact, as the German carmaker has disclosed, it has already delivered around 100,000 of these non-conventional vehicles to customers around the globe.
These deliveries are a testament to BMW Group’s role as a pioneer of innovation and technology. Since its establishment, BMW i has been the center of BMW Group’s efforts to offer sustainable vehicles – including purely electric-powered cars and plug-in hybrids -- to global customers. For the past three years, more than 60,000 units of the BMW i3 have been sold to discerning buyers, earning this car the recognition as the most successful EV in the premium compact segment. BMW commenced sales of the BMW i8 in mid-2014.
Since then, BMW Group has sold over 10,000 units of the BMW i8, making this offering the best-selling electrified sports cars. In addition, BMW Group has delivered around 30,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles – now sold under the BMW iPerformance label – so far. Thus, in total, BMW Group has effectively sold around 100,000 electrified offerings worldwide.Read the entire article BMW celebrates milestone of 100,000 EVs sold, confirms arrival of X3 EV
Many are already expecting BMW to launch an ultra luxurious SUV that will serve at its new flagship by late 2018. Larger than the X5 and X6, the new X7 is targeted against the Mercedes-Benz GLS Class and Range Rover – both competing in the full-sized luxury SUV segment. Codenamed G07 by BMW, the new X7 will be built at the premium carmaker’s Spartanburg facility in South Carolina, with an average annual production of 45,000 units.
But even before BMW starts assembling the new X7 in Spartanburg, it is already thinking about building a super sporty version, which may mean a possible BMW X7 M in the near future. However, BMW has yet to come up with a final decision on that matter. After all, if the X7 isn’t received well, any plans for a sportier version may go down the drain.
Before we could speculate on what an X7 M could offer, a closer peek at the X7 itself would be a good idea.Read the entire article BMW is mulling sporty M version of X7 full-sized luxury SUV
The new BMW X7 crossover will be available in two versions -- a seven-seater and a $100,000-plus uber-luxurious X7 four-seater. According to BMW brand sales chief Ian Robertson, the super-luxurious X7 is part of the German carmaker’s expansion plans for its GKL (Grand Klasse) models that already include the redesigned 7-series sedan.
Both X7 versions will feature a look distinct from the BMW X5 large crossover. He announced that BMW is planning to add more GKL models, but fell short of confirming the rumored 9 series.
Robertson, however, disclosed another model is well under way and BMW plans to unveil it in the not too distant future. He also did not say whether the uber-luxurious version of the X7 is BMW’s response to the Maybach version of the Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV.Read the entire article BMW announces super-luxurious version of its X7 crossover
BMW’s profit for the first quarter of 2015 grew by 21% -- the result of higher demand in Europe and the U.S. for models like the X5 SUV. In a statement, BMW revealed that EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) climbed from 2.09 billion euros the previous year to 2.52 billion euros ($2.83 billion). Its revenue also increased by 15% to 20.9 billion euros.
In the first quarter, BMW had an automotive EBIT margin of 9.5%, staying at a level comparable to the first quarter of 2014 and at the upper end of its 8-10% target range. This is attributed to record-breaking sales of high-margin SUVs in the period. Meanwhile, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand reported a 9.2% return on sales for the first quarter from 7% the previous year.
On the other hand, Audi’s operating margin decreased from 10.1% to 9.7%. According to Juergen Pieper, an analyst at Bankhaus Metzler, currency tailwinds caused some of the profit increase. Having unchanged profitability means that BMW is “growing slowly.” However, Pieper pointed out the growth has not been as fast as at Daimler.Read the entire article SUV sales help BMW’s profits to go up 15% in the first quarter of 2015
BMW is widening its product range in China to 6 models to make sure that options are available to middle-class consumers who don’t have chauffeurs driving them around. The vehicles that will soon start production in China are the front-wheel drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan, a fwd sedan that falls below the 3 series (which will possibly have a 1 series badge), and a variant of the rwd/awd X3 compact SUV.
According to BMW’s China chief Karsten Engel, its top-seller is still the (China-only) long-wheelbase version of the 5 series, which makes up more than a third of its sales in China. Engel added that BMW has been attracting more new customers who drive their own cars. Local production of the 2-series AT will start next year.
A sedan will be next in 2017. Production for the X3 will be announced later. BMW’s factory is located in Tiexi, west of Shenyang in northeastern China. The 2-series AT and sedan will feature BMW’s new UKL fwd architecture that is shared with Mini. Tiexi opened in 2012 and produces the X1 compact SUV and the 3-series sedan in standard and long-wheelbase variants.Read the entire article BMW adds minivan, sedan and SUV to lineup in China
We’ve heard that BMW will introduce its all-new 2015 X5 M (F85) next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, but nothing is official as of today. Still, we’ve managed to find out more about this upcoming model. According to company insiders, the 2015 BMW X5 (F85) will be available with a new colour called Long Beach Blue, the same colour of the X4 Concept unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.
And the new X5 M will not be the only high-performance M model to get this new colour as the upcoming M2 and X6 M (F86) will also receive it.
As expected, the BMW X5 (F85) will also arrive with a new design featuring new M components such as a front bumper with big air intakes, redesigned side skirts as well as a brand new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and quad exhaust pipes.Read the entire article 2015 BMW X5 M (F85) will get a new Long Beach Blue colour
At the 2014 Moscow Motor Show, BMW will introduce the X5 (F15) Security a vehicle previewed by a concept version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to BMW, the new X5 Security is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine with TwinPower Turbo technology that can deliver 450 hp (330 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque.
As expected, the engine is bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which sends the power to the road through the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The new model comes with a VR6 protection class rating and can protect its passengers against an AK-47 attack. As you can see from the photos the new X5 Security Plus is identical to the regular model despite the fact that it offers protection against organized crime, kidnapping and violent assault.Read the entire article 2015 BMW X5 (F15) Security revealed ahead of Moscow Motor Show debut
BMW officially announced the X7 seven-seat SUV earlier this year and all we know until today is that it will be based on the X5 SUV. As a result, the Master of Photoshop a.k.a. Theophilus Chin decided to make some renderings of the upcoming vehicle.
Honestly to tell you, the X7 looks pretty damn good and of course, clearly inspired by the smaller X5. The front end of the rendering is dominated by the big kidney grille, while the rear end resembles the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.
The new seven-seat crossover will be built at BMW’s Spartanburg site in South Carolina and will arrive in 2017 or 2018. China and the United States are seen as the biggest market for this crossover.Read the entire article BMW X7 seven-seat crossover gets rendered
BMW approved the seven-seat X7 crossover especially for the United States simply because the German carmaker simply cannot just ignore a market for a BMW product, according to chief executive Norbert Reithofer. During a press briefing before a ceremony to disclose a $1-billion, 100,000-unit expansion at BMW’s Spartanburg site in South Carolina, Reithofer remarked one of BMW’s rivals is the only carmaker offering such a vehicle in the luxury segment, and the “competition needs at least a second one."
Reithofer is referring to the Alabama-built Mercedes-Benz GL, which sales surged 15 percent in 2013 to 29,912 units. He said that the decision to approve the X7 was made in 2013. BMW insiders said the X7 would be available to the public in 2017 or 2018 with the US and China seen as the biggest markets for the crossover.
Harald Krueger, BMW board member for production, remarked that the X7 will not account for the entire 100,000-unit capacity increase at Spartanburg. The site’s expansion will include an extended paint shop, which would allow the carmaker to build more X3, X4, X5 and X6 crossovers.Read the entire article BMW approved X7 production especially for the United States
BMW has disclosed a $1-billion investment at its Spartanburg site in South Carolina by 2016 to expand its production capacity by 100,000 units and add output of the X7 seven-seat crossover. According to chief executive Norbert Reithofer, Spartanburg’s annual output will top that of its Dingolfing site in Germany, which can produce 350,000 vehicles annually.
The expansion of the site’s current capacity of 350,000 units will make it the carmaker’s biggest factory worldwide. Spartanburg built 297,326 vehicles in 2013. According to Reithofer, producing 450,000 vehicles annually will mean "a whole new plant” of output beyond the total production in 2013. Manfred Erlacher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co., remarked the latest expansion will be the fifth since production started 20 years ago.
The site has already started output building the new X4 crossover that will be rolled out in the in the United States in June. The Spartanburg site also builds the X3, X5 and X6. Harald Krueger, BMW board member for production, remarked that the German group operates 28 sites in 13 countries. He noted that over 70 percent of the Spartanburg’s production is exported to over 140 countries.Read the entire article BMW officially confirms the X7 seven-seat crossover, $1 billion investment at Spartanburg plant
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