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PostHeaderIcon BMW X7

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 is ready to join the lineup.

The Bavarian brand made an announcement about the X7 in 2014, when it revealed that it will be built at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which also produces the X3, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 M models. There’s no word as to when the X7 will make its public debut, but it should break cover in the second half of 2018, most likely at the Paris or Los Angeles Auto Show. When it arrives in showrooms, it will become BMW’s largest offering yet and will enable the German manufacturer to compete against SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and even the Cadillac Escalade.

Meanwhile, we have the X7 Concept, the brand-new X5, and a few X7 prototypes to give us some info on the upcoming SUV.

Updated 07/16/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X7 out in the wild again, and this time they were also able to snap some pictures of the interior too.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming BMW X7.

PostHeaderIcon BMW X2 – Updated

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Rumors have been stirring about BMW building an X2 crossover since 2011, but it took some four years to see it in the metal for the first time. 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 and will arrive in U.S. dealerships this spring.

Update 7-6-2018: The BMW X2 M35i was caught testing on the Nurburgring Check out the video in our special section below!

PostHeaderIcon BMW X2 – Updated

Micro Hexagon fabric

Rumors have been stirring about BMW building an X2 crossover since 2011, but it took some four years to see it in the metal for the first time. 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 and will arrive in U.S. dealerships this spring.

Update 7-6-2018: The BMW X2 M35i was caught testing on the Nurburgring Check out the video in our special section below!

PostHeaderIcon 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.

References

BMW X7


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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW X7.


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Read our full review on the 2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance.

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2018 BMW X2

Rumors have been stirring about BMW building an X2 crossover since 2011, but it took some four years to see it in the metal for the first time. 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. A North American launch date has yet to be announced as of October, but the X2 will become available in Europe starting November. Until we find out more about that, let’s have a closer look at the X2 in the review below.

Continue reading to learn out more about the 2018 BMW X2.

Exterior

  • Unique exterior design
  • Brand-new grille for SUVs
  • M Sport trim
  • BMW badges on the C-pillars
  • New tailgate design
  • Same wheelbase as X1
  • Full-LED headlamps
  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Exotic Galvanic Gold paint

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“While its name suggests it is part of the same range as the X4 and X6, the X2 is significantly different design-wise”

While its name suggests it is part of the same range as the X4 and X6, the X2 is significantly different design-wise. When BMW first announced the X2, many enthusiasts, us included, expected it to be a coupe version of the X1, or what the X6 is in relation to the X5. But no, the X2 doesn’t a raked roofline. Sure, it’s decidedly sportier than the X1, but it doesn’t quite fit in with the X4 and the X6. It kinda stands out on its own in the lineup, and this is a good thing for BMW, a company that adopted the “same sausage, different lengths” strategy for the majority of its vehicles in recent years.

It also sports a few design features of its own. While the headlamps are shared with the X1, the grille and the bumper are unique to this nameplate. Unlike other X SUVs, the X2 grille is wider at the base than at the top, a first for a BMW. It’s not yet clear whether this new design will make it on other BMW crossovers, but it gives the X2 a broader, more distinctive appearance. Down below, BMW ditched the usual horizontal side vents for triangular cutouts. In addition, the center vent is rectangular instead of trapezoidal, which further enhances the X2’s unique look.


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“While the headlamps are shared with the X1, the grille and the bumper are unique to this nameplate ”

The profile remains familiar compared to the X1, but there are a few changes worth mentioning. There are less creases on the lower doors, more cladding on and above the side skirts, and a new roofline and side window configuration. While the X1 comes with the traditional rear quarter windows behind the rear doors, the X2 has plain C-pillars. Combined with the slightly raked roof, it provides a sleeker profile, but it’s not as sporty looking (or hunchback?) as the X4. As a somewhat exotic feature, the X2 is the first X model to have BMW roundels on the C-pillars.

The X2 has a unique design around back as well. The taillights are the first the stand out. Although just as large as the ones seen on other X models, they look sleeker and they get wider in the lower area instead of the top. The tailgate is also neatly integrated into the body thanks to a lower crease that separate the badges from the upper section. The bumper is taller too and unlike other X models it includes the license plate recess.

Overall, the X2 is BMW’s first unique design since the i3 and i8.


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“The X2 is the first X model to have BMW roundels on the C-pillars ”

In terms of size, the X2 is only 0.78 inches shorter than the X1, while the wheelbase is identical. On the other hand, it stands 2.75 inches lower than the X1. BMW says that the X2 has a drag coefficient of only 0.28, which is a big achievement for a crossover.

Moving over to features, there are four equipment trims. Full-LED headlamps are standard on every model but the base SE. On top of getting LED lamps, the M Sport and M Sport X versions are available with 20-inch wheels, an exclusive feature in the segment. As standard, both models are fitted with 19-inch wheels, while the SE uses 17-inch V-Spoke style rims.


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The trims are set apart by different cladding too. The SE and Sport models have black trim around the wheel arches and in the bumpers, while the M Sport X, shown in the photos above, use Frozen Grey inserts. On the SE and Sport models, the rear bumper is finished in the body color and matte black. The M Sport models feature Dark Shadow metallic, while the M Sport X has a bespoke diffuser insert in Frozen Grey for a stronger contrast. Every model can be specified in BMW’s new Galvanic Gold paint, a rather exotic option for this niche.

COMPETING DESIGNS


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The X2’s main competitor is the Audi Q2, which is already available in showrooms as the pioneering vehicle of this new niche. Although it has most of the trademark Audi features we’re familiar with, the Q2 brought quite a few new styling cues to the market. For starters, it the first Audi crossover that strays from the Q7. While the Q5 and Q3 are mostly shrunken variations of the Q7, the Q2 adopted a somewhat different design. Up front, the “singleframe” grille has a more squared-off look, while the headlamps are taller, shorter, and slightly swept back. These features help the Q2 seem a bit more massive than it really is, which is a good thing given its relative car-like size. The big outlets in the bumper add a touch of sportiness to an otherwise boxy front fascia. Things are different than the usual Audi norm around back too. The rear end is made of horizontal lines almost exclusively. It’s essentially a three-tier design layout, with rear glass and roof spoiler assembly stacked on top of the fascia and the bumper seamlessly. Only the taillights stand out thanks to their almost square design — which is opposed to the thin and wide units seen on other Audis. From the sides, the Q2 looks like a compact hatchback on stilts, but the sloping roof, the missing quarter window and the silver-painted C-pillar set it apart from any other Audi on the market.

Audi Q2 BMW X2
Wheelbase (Inches) 102.1 TBA
Length (Inches) 165.0 TBA
Width (Inches) 79.09 TBA
Height (Inches) 59.37 TBA

Interior

  • Interior borrowed from X1
  • Horizontal styling cues
  • Modern looks
  • Contrast stitching all over the place
  • New Dakota leather in Magma Red
  • Micro Hexagon fabric
  • Oak grain veneer
  • 16.6-cubic-feet trunk
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen

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“While the exterior is unique in the X lineup, the interior of the X2 is identical to the X1 ”

While the exterior is unique in the X lineup, the interior of the X2 is identical to the X1. This doesn’t come as a surprise though given that BMW, much like any other carmaker, wants to keep development costs as low as possible. Of course, it also has to do with the fact that the two crossovers have identical wheelbases.

So if you’ve already seen the X1, you’ve basically seen the X2 as well. The good news is that the X1 is relatively new, having been redesigned in 2015. The layout is pretty much standard for modern BMWs, with horizontal lines used on the dashboard and the door panels. The A/C vents have a similar orientation, as do the control panels in the center stack. The purpose of this configuration is to make the cabin seems spacious, but we must not forget that the X2 is after all a compact vehicle, so it’s not as comfortable as the X5.


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“The layout is pretty much standard for modern BMWs, with horizontal lines used on the dashboard ”

The good news is that contrast stitching on the dashboard, center console, and the seats is included as standard, giving the cabin a premium look. While the base model has fabric upholstery, the M Sport version comes with fabric and Alcantara. If you want leather in the standard package, you need to get the range-topping M Sport X variant. Fancier options include new Dakota leather in Magma Red and Micro Hexagon fabric with yellow stitching, as seen in the photos above.


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Trim finisher options are also varied and include high-gloss black, aluminium, and matte oak grain veneer. There’s also an optional lighting package with orange, lilac, mint, bronze, blue and white ambient lighting. If natural light and sun is your thing, you can opt for a panoramic roof with a tilting and sliding front section.

Trunk space is rated at 470 liters (16.6 cubic feet), which is an extra 65 liters (2.3 cubic feet) compared to the Audi Q2. No info on luggage room with the rear seats folded flat, but it’s safe to assume that X2 will offer at least 1,000 liters (35.3 cubic feet).


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“Trunk space is rated at 16.6 cubic feet, an extra 2.3 cubic feet compared to the Audi Q2”

As far as infotainment and technology goes, the 6.5 inch touchscreen for the iDrive with navigation system is standard. Optionally, you can get the full-color BMW Head-Up Display, which projects all important driving information and assistance system readouts onto the windscreen, in high resolution.

Speaking of assistance systems, the optional Driving Assistant, included in the Drive Pack, adds Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display, anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, as well as Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. As an upgrade to the Driver Pack, the Driving Assistant Plus also features the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. This feature maintains a constant speed between 19 and 87 mph, as selected by the driver, and a safe distance to vehicles traveling ahead.

There’s also Traffic Jam Assistant, which takes over both proximity control and lane-keeping tasks from the driver at speeds of up to 37 mph. But while it uses steering assistance to keep the car in the middle of its lane, the driver needs to have at least one hand on the steering wheel for the system to work. Rear Park Distance Control and the rear-view camera are standard.

THE COMPETITION


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I don’t know about you, but when I look inside the Q2 I see the A3 hatchback. Sure, the steering wheel looks a bit more modern, the dashboard trim is thicker, and the door panels have been revised, but the instrument cluster, the center console, and the round A/C nozzles on the dashboard are clearly taken from the A3. That’s not to say that the Q2 looks old and its technology is dated, but I thank that its original exterior deserved a more unique cabin. And needless to say, if I had the option to choose between an A3- or Q3-inspired interior, I would’ve preferred the latter. But despite being just a rehashed A3 styling-wise, the Q2 is quite fresh when it comes to technology and features. The crossover utilizes Audi’s current fully digital instrument cluster, with a 12.3-inch screen that is similar to the one seen in the TT and R8. The configurable display offers two main views — one with large speedometer and tachometer gauges toward the center and one with the two gauges off to the sides with the entertainment or maps screens displayed between them. However, this cool screen is optional, with the entry-level model getting the analog cluster. Standard features include a seven-inch infotainment screen atop the dashboard (linked to a rotary dial near the gear lever), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB. Navigation is optional on less expensive trims, as is the Bang & Olufsen sound system.

As far as space and practicality go, the Q2 is on par with the Q3 up front, offering similar legroom, headroom, and shoulder room for the driver and passenger. In the back, the Q2 isn’t as roomy, but there’s decent space and headroom for two adults. Being almost five inches shorter than the A3 hatchback, the crossover might not be very comfortable for tall adults during long journeys. Trunk space is rated at 405 liters (14.3 cubic feet), which is some 50 liters (1.7 cubic feet) more than you find in a modern hatchback. With the rear seats folded flat, it increases to 1,050 liters (37 cubic feet).

Drivetrain

  • Same drivetrains as X1
  • Gasoline and diesel engines
  • 2.0-liter diesel with standard AWD
  • Optional AWD for other models
  • xDrive20d with 190 horsepower
  • 0 to 62 mph in less than eight seconds
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Sport driving mode
  • Possible X2 M in the future

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“The small crossover will make its market debut in xDrive20d form”

As speculated from the very beginning, the X2 will borrow its engines from the X1. The small crossover will make its market debut in xDrive20d form, which comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood. The turbodiesel mill is rated at 190 horsepower 295 pound-feet of torque, which is identical to its X1 counterpart. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes 7.7 seconds, while fuel consumption is estimated at 61.4 mpg on the British cycle. CO2 emissions are as low as 121 g/km, a competitive figure in this class.

More variants will be launched in 2018, including the gasoline X2 sDrive20i and the diesel X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d. The gas model will use a 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, but as it turns out it won’t get an all-wheel drive versions. The sDrive18d will also feature a 2.0-liter four-banger, but tuned to deliver 148 horses and 243 pound-feet. Unlike the gas model, this diesel will have optional all-wheel drive.


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“More variants will be launched in 2018, including the gasoline X2 sDrive20i and the diesel X2 sDrive18d and X2 xDrive18d”

The X2 also benefits from Hill Descent Control, which enables to to automatically maintain a desired speed on steep descents by taking care of brake control for the driver, who can focus on steering only. The crossover is also equipped with the Driving Experience Control switch, allowing the driver to choose between the default Comfort mode, the efficiency-enhancing Eco Pro mode and Sport mode. The latter setup gives the car even more dynamic steering and drivetrain responses. If the optional Dynamic Damper Control is added, the car’s suspension can be adjusted even more precisely for spirited driving.

There’s no word on when the X2 will get the more powerful xDrive25i and xDrive25d versions or even the iPerformance hybrid variant, but all three should be on the table. BMW had nothing to say about a potential X2 M model, but it should arrive right after the X1 M.

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

Just like the X2, the Q2 is available with a wide array of drivetrains in Europe, its main market. The gasoline range begins with the 1.0-liter three cylinder unit rated at 116 PS and 200 Nm of torque (114 horsepower and 148 pound-feet). This engine mates to a six-speed manual standard and a seven-speed DSG optionally and comes in a front-wheel-drive configuration only. Sprinting from 0 to 62 mph takes around 10.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at 118 mph. Next up is the familiar 1.4-liter TFSi, a four-cylinder that’s available with 150 PS and 250 Nm (148 horses and 184 pound-feet). The unit comes standard with FWD and the six-speed manual, but quattro AWD and the seven-speed DSG can be selected from the options list. Depending on specs, hitting 62 mph can take between 8.5 and nine seconds, while top speed is 127 or 129 mph Finally, the 2.0-liter TFSI pumps 190 PS and 320 Nm (187 horses and 236 pound-feet) of twist in the Q2 through a seven-speed DSG and quattro all-wheel drive. Naturally, this version is the quickest, needing only 6.8 ticks to hit 62 mph on its way to a top speed of 136 mph.

“The range-topping model benefits from standard Quattro and automatic transmission and needs only seven seconds to get to 62 mph.”

If you’re a fan of diesels, you get three options too. The base 1.6-liter TDI generates 116 PS and 250 Nm (114 horsepower and 184 pound-feet). Much like the base gas model, FWD and the manual are standard, but the automatic and Quattro can be had as options. Accelerating to 62 mph takes 10.7 seconds, while top speed comes in at 118 mph. Those who want more oomph can get it from the 2.0-liter TDI. This engine comes in two flavors, one that cranks out 150 PS and 340 Nm (148 horses and 251 pound-feet) and one that’s good for 190 PS and 400 Nm (187 horses and 295 pound-feet). The least powerful version uses FWD and the six-speed manual as standard, hits 62 mph in 8.7 seconds, and tops out at 129 mph. The range-topping model benefits from standard Quattro and automatic transmission, needs only seven seconds to get to 62 mph and its top speed is estimated at 135 mph.

Should the Q2 cross the pond to the U.S., you will only get the 2.0-liter TFI version at first. A diesel is likely to follow at some point, but only the range-topping 2.0-liter TDI will be offered.

Audi Q2 1.0 TFSI Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI CoD Audi Q2 1.6 TDI Audi Q2 2.0 TDI Audi Q2 2.0 TDI BMW X1
Engine 1.0-liter three cylinder 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder diesel 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder diesel 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder diesel 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder
Horsepower 114 HP 148 HP @ 5,000 – 6,000 RPM 116 HP @ 3,250 – 4,000 RPM 148 HP @ 3,500 – 4,000 RPM 187 HP @ 3,500 – 4,000 RPM 228 HP @ 5,000–6,000 RPM
Torque 148 LB-FT 184 LB-FT @ 1,500-3,500 RPM 184 LB-FT @ 1,500-3,200 RPM 250 LB-FT @ 1,750-3,000 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 1,900-3,300 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,450–4,500 RPM
Top Speed 118 mph 131 mph 122 mph 131 mph 135.5 mph 131 mph
0-100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) 10.5 seconds 8.5 seconds 10.3 seconds 8.1 seconds 7.3 seconds 6.6 seconds
Curb Weight 2,788 Lbs 2,888 Lbs 3,251 Lbs 3,262 Lbs 3,543 Lbs

Prices


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Pricing for the X2, which goes on sale from mid-November 2017, starts from £33,980 in the United Kingdom. BMW has yet to announce available for the U.S. market, but it should cross the pond to North America sometime in 2018. Likely to arrive in sDrive25i and xDrive25i forms, it should retail from around $29,000.

Other Options To Consider

Mercedes-Benz GLA


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The GLA was actually designed to compete against the BMX X1 and Audi Q3, but it can be cross-shopped with both the X2 and Q2 due to its hatchback-like body style and sporty profile. Also based on a car, in this case the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the GLA is the company’s smallest crossover to date. Introduced in 2014, it sports the brand’s current and familiar styling language with a big grille and swept back headlamps at the front and large taillights to the rear. It also lacks quarter windows, which makes it similar to the X2 and Q2, but unlike its competitors, the roof line makes it less of a coupe and more of a hatchback on stilts. Drivetrain-wise, there are many options available. The gasoline range includes a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with either 120 horsepower and 148 pound-feet or 154 horses and 184 pound-feet and a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. As far as diesels go, the 1.5-liter engine generates 108 horsepower and 192 pound-feet, while the 2.1-liter oil burner cranks out either 134 horses and 221 pound-feet or 168 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. Finally, the GLA 45 AMG delivers 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist from its gas-powered, 2.0-liter four-cylinder for drivers in need of a performance-oriented crossover. U.S. pricing for the GLA starts from $32,850.

Read our full review of the Mercedes-Benz GLA

Nissan Juke


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Granted, the Nissan Juke is not a premium crossover, but if you don’t care about a luxurious interior and fancy tech, this is a great option to consider. Not only one of the first coupe-shaped compact crossovers on the market — it has been around since 2010 — the Juke also has a rather intriguing design, making it unique in just about any company. The drivetrain lineup might not be as diverse, but Nissan offers a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine in a wide array of output flavors. The base model comes with 93 horsepower and 103 pound-feet, but customers can upgrade to 115 horses and 116 pound-feet. The turbo range begins with 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet, while the range-topping Nismo version comes with 197 horses and 184 pound-feet. If you want a diesel, there’s the 1.5-liter dCi unit good for 109 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Needless to say, it’s not the most powerful crossover out there, but it’s the most affordable, retailing from $20,250 in the U.S.

Read our full review of the Nissan Juke.

Conclusion


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Though I’m no big fan of the X4 and the X6, which I find rather ugly and useless (albeit attractively powerful), the X2 has everything it needs to become an important member of BMW’s SUV lineup. Smaller than the X4 and X6, the X2 is significantly more affordable, which will bring new customers to BMW dealerships, especially enthusiasts who can’t afford the bigger SUVs and drivers who simply want a city crossover with sporty looks. With the X2, and the upcoming X7, BMW’s circle of X-badged SUVs will finally be complete.

  • Leave it
    • Yet another useless small crossover?
    • Not the prettiest BMW out there
    • No M version anytime soon

References

BMW X2


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Read our full review of the 2016 BMW X2 Concept.

BMW X4


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Read our full review on the 2017 BMW X4.

BMW X6


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Read our full review on the 2017 BMW X6.

BMW X2 Concept


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“"The BMW Concept X2 combines the fast-moving body language and low-slung proportions of a coupe with the robust construction of an X model." – Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design”

Check out our full review of the BMW X2 Concept.

Spy Shots

October 10, 2017 – BMW X2 caught wearing no camouflage


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October 6, 2017 – BMW X2 caught testing in Munich


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June 7, 2017 – BMW X2 reveals more of its front end


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December 13, 2016 – BMW X2 Goes Winter Testing


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November 15, 2015 – BMW X2 caught testing close to the BMW development center in Munich


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January 18, 2016 – BMW X2 caught testing in the snow


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November 6, 2015 – BMW X2 testing on the streets of Munich


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Updated History

Updated 10/06/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X2 out for a new testing session on the streets of Berlin.

Updated 06/07/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X2 out for a new testing session – and this time the prototype shows more of its front end. The production version X2 is expected to be unveiled in September at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Updated 11/15/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X2 out for a new testing session close to the BMW development center in Munich.

Updated 10/10/2016: At the recent 2016 Paris Auto Show we saw the X2 Concept. Based on the concept, we decided to create a rendering for the production version. Check it out and let us know what do you think about it in the comments section below.

Updated 11/16/2015: Based on the recent rumors and speculations, we created a rendering for the upcoming BMW X2. We hope you like it.

Updated 11/06/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X2 testing on the streets of Munich. The X2 will be offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, with an M version also being a possibility. BMW will offer both gasoline and diesel engines – borrowed from the X1, with a plug-in version set to arrive at a later date.

PostHeaderIcon BMW X4 M

The BMW X4 came to be in 2014 as a coupe version of the popular X3. Although sporting a sloping roofline and a redesigned rear end, the X4 is actually an X3 underneath, using the same chassis and drivetrains. The purpose of this crossover was to offer customers a sportier looking X3, as well as expand the company’s SUV lineup to four models. Unlike most Bimmer, the X4 has yet to gain a proper M version, although BMW did launch an M40i for the 2016 model year. In 2017, rumors that an X4 M might be underway began to turn into reality with more prototypes spotted on public roads. Come 2018 and the first-ever M version of the crossover is getting closer and closer to its official debut.

With the X4 having received a facelift , there’s no doubt that the X4 M will benefit from the same visual cues. It’s still a mystery as to why BMW delayed the X4 M for so long, especially with Mercedes-Benz already offering AMG version of the GLC, but we at least know that the performance-oriented SUV is on its way. An official launch date has yet to be announced, but we gathered all the information we have in a speculative review. We also created a new rendering of the X4 M based on the latest data provided by test cars seen on public roads.

Updated 04/04/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X4 M during hi-speed testing on the Nürburgring in Germany.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW X4 M.

PostHeaderIcon BMW X3 M

BMW launched the X3 back in 2003 as its second SUV and the market’s first compact luxury crossover. Updated in 2010, the X3 ditched its weird-looking front fascia in favor of a nose that resembled the X5’s. The second-gen crossover also saw production move from Graz, Austria, to BMW’s U.S. factory in Greer, South Carolina. As a result, the X3 entered the North American market as a locally built vehicle with a more affordable sticker. After six successful years on the market, the second-gen X3 was replaced by a brand-new model for 2018. The big news here is that the crossover will finally get a proper M version.

With Mercedes-Benz already offering two AMG versions of the GLC and Audi reportedly working on a beefed-up version of Q5 models, BMW is finally considering green-lighting a high-performance version of the X3 for the third-generation model. Likely to arrive sometime in 2018, the X3 M has been somewhat confirmed by BMW M chief Frank van Meel at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, who also revealed that the X4 is scheduled to receive an M version as well. While the X3 M is being kept under wraps as of June 2017, we put together a speculative piece on what the crossover might have to offer once it arrives. Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming BMW X3 M.


PostHeaderIcon 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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW X3.


PostHeaderIcon BMW X7

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. At least two more are underway as of 2017, with the X7 to join the family as a range topper, above the popular X5 and the sportier X6. The SUV was already spotted on public roads and we have just enough info to speculate as to what it may bring to the table.

The Bavarian brand made an announcement about the X7 in 2014, when it revealed that it will be built at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which also produces the X3, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 M models. Although production was initially planned to start in 2016, it appears that the X7 will hit the assembly line later, most likely in 2018. There’s no word as to when the X7 will make its public debut, but I expect it to break cover in the second half of 2017, meaning it could go on sale for the 2019 model year. When it arrives in showrooms, it will become BMW’s largest offering yet and will enable the German manufacturer to compete against SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and even the Cadillac Escalade.

Updated 12/18/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X7 out for a new testing session, and it is pretty obvious that the prototype started to drop some of the camouflage.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming BMW X7.

Spy Shots

December 18, 2017 – BMW X7 started to drop camouflage.


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August 10, 2017 – BMW X7 caught wearing production head lights and the rear lights


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April 26, 2017 – BMW X7 caught testing on the Nurburgring


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January 25, 2016 – BMW X7 caught playing in the snow


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Exterior


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“BMW has designed a different bumper for the X7 in order to set it apart from the X5, but this SUV won’t stray too far from the company’s familiar design language”

If you look at the latest spy shots, you’ll quickly notice that the X7 is very similar to the X5. This might seem a bit outrageous at first glance, but it’s exactly what BMW wants to achieve: a bulkier X5 with a more imposing appearance and proper third-row seating. It will also feature a more muscular look, larger wheels, the usual, massive kidney grille (damn, it looks like a Rolls-Royce grille!), and a fresh set of headlamps. While the latter were rumored to be almost identical to the new 7 Series, new spy shots show a brand-new design. Still, they do include the usual two-bulb LED configuration with thin strips on the lower side. Of course, BMW has designed a different bumper for the X7 in order to set it apart from the X5, but the larger SUV won’t stray too far from the company’s familiar design language.


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“The cabin will have a boxier design toward the rear, while the quarter windows will be larger”

Around back, I expect the X5-like wraparound taillights and a sturdy bumper to integrate the X7’s appearance into the X family, but there will be significant changes around the rear cabin and roof. As seen in the spy shots, the cabin will have a boxier design toward the rear, while the quarter windows will be larger. Interestingly enough, the X7 doesn’t seem to feature the trademark “hofmeister kink,” which doesn’t happen quite often. However, in this case, the boxy, massive design doesn’t leave room for this iconic styling feature.

The prototype also sports a big moonroof that appears to stretch from above the driver position all the way back toward the tailgate. Other elements aren’t visible because of the swirly wrap, but the SUV doesn’t seem to have too many features on its side body panels. The beltline is rather mild and tall, similar to other BMW-badged SUVs, while the side skirts are as simple as they get. We should see more as soon as the X7 loses some camo later this year.

Interior

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Note: BMW X5 (left) and BMW 7 Series (right) interior shown here.

“The X7 will boast an interior that’s likely to borrow cues and features from both the X5 and the new-generation 7 Series sedan.”

Aimed at the largest and most luxurious SUVs on the market, the X7 will boast an interior that’s likely to borrow cues and features from both the X5 and the new-generation 7 Series sedan. Acres of high-grade leather and Alcantara will cover every inch of the interior that’s not wood or metal, with lots of state-of-the-art technology to quench the segment’s thirst for convenience and safety features.

Highlights should include BMW’s new iDrive 5.0 with touch display and gesture control, which uses 3D sensors to detect pre-selected hand gestures to perform tasks such as adjusting the audio volume, accepting and rejecting incoming phone calls, navigating to an address and shutting off the screen. The Touch Command Tablet, which is available in the 7 Series sedan, should also find its way in the X7. Essentially a removable seven-inch tablet, Touch Command will allow rear occupants to control everything from HVAC temperatures and the infotainment to the audio system. Speaking of which, the X7 will likely get the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround system with 1,400 watts and 16 speakers.

On top of being the most luxurious Bimmer SUV ever built, the X7 will also be the roomiest and offer seating for up to seven people. The third-row seat will be optional so buyers will also be able to select a five-seat version with enhanced legroom in the rear and a larger trunk. A four-seat version is also likely for customers that like to enjoy trips in the rear seat. This model will probably get the 7 Series’ Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package that gives the right-side passenger the added comfort of a pop-out footrest and a seatback that reclines up to 42.5 degrees.

The already familiar gesture control features seen in the 5 Series and 7 Series will also be implemented, but the X7 could also get an evolution of BMW’s semi-autonomous technology.

Drivetrain


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“The X7 will most likely use the company's 3.0-liter inline-six and 4.4-liter V-8.”

Under the hood, the X7 will most likely use the company’s 3.0-liter inline-six and 4.4-liter V-8. The turbo-six cranks out 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque in the 7 Series and it should arrive with similar figures in the SUV too. Performance-wise, it should be able to hit 60 mph from a standing start in less than six seconds on its way to a top speed of at least 130 mph. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, which has also been updated for the new 7 Series, should be good for around 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet. In this configuration, the X7 should be able to reach 60 mph in less than five seconds.


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“The turbo-six cranks out 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque in the 7 Series and it should arrive with similar figures in the SUV too.”

There’s no word on a diesel option, but an M50d version similar to the X5’s is very likely. The oil-burner is fitted with a 3.0-liter, inline six that cranks out 381 ponies and an impressive 546 pound-feet of twist. Given BMW’s recent developments in the hybrid department, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the X7 receive an electric motor for increased fuel economy and reduced emissions.

Whether or not there will be a beefed-up X7 M is still a mystery, but given Mercedes-Benz already has the GL63 AMG, it would be foolish for BMW to not supply the market with a proper competitor. Should the X7 M become reality, I expect it to carry a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 tuned to generate close to 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. However, this version won’t be unveiled before the 2020 model year.

Prices

Being the largest and most luxurious BMW ever built, it’s safe to assume the X7 will also become the most expensive vehicle of the X family. As of late 2016, the most expensive X models in the U.S. are the X5, which starts from $55,500, and the X6, priced from $61,400. That said, the base X7 will probably retail from around $70,000, with the range-topping V-8 model to fetch in excess of $85,000. Should BMW offer a performance-oriented M version, expect it to cost at least $120,000 before options.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLS


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Although it’s been often compared to the X5 in the past, the GLS is actually too big for what BMW and Audi have to offer right now. This will come to an end when the X7 hits dealerships to tackle one of the largest Mercs available. Redesigned in 2012, when it was also received an “S” next to its more familiar “GL” badge, the GLS not only looks sportier than its predecessor, but its bigger, more luxurious, and employs more tech gadgets. Among the extra standard features include several driver assist technologies, nine airbags, and the self-leveling AirMatic suspension. The engine lineup is pretty diverse compared to the Cadillac Escalade, including both diesel and gasoline choices. The 350d model uses a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel rated at 256 horsepower and 457 pound-feet, while the gasoline GLS450 comes with a 3.0-liter V-6 that’s good for 362 horses and 369 pound-feet. The GLS500 (550 in the U.S.) gets its juice from the larger, 4.7-liter V-8 that generates 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of twist. U.S. pricing starts from $69,550.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Cadillac Escalade


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Given the X7 will be a full-size SUV, the Escalade is one of its most likely of foes. With its refreshed look, the Escalade will likely take the cake in terms of aesthetics, but it will fall well short of the Bimmer in terms of driving experience. Like All BMW models — even the big boys — the X7 will be designed to deliver both luxury and performance, and the lumbering Caddy just can’t deliver the goods in this department. Now, in terms of base power, the Escalade has no issues, thanks to a 6.2-liter powerhouse that lays down 420 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. This should be enough to get the large luxo-barge up to 60 mph in under seven seconds, likely matching the base X7’s sprint. Unfortunately, GM likes to limit its non-performance models to a 107-mph top speed, so the Escalade likely won’t hang in terms of top speed. Pricing starts from $73,395.

Find out more about the Cadillac Escalade here.

Conclusion


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The BMW X7 is long overdue, but I can understand the Germans not being in a hurry with their largest SUV yet. Competing against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and the Cadillac Escalade requires certain credentials, and although BMW is a well established player in the luxury market, it steps into a brand-new dimension with the X7. I honestly believe Munich has what it takes to deliver a successful full-size, luxo-barge, but it will take a few years to find out whether the X7 will be good enough to at least surpass at least one of its main competitors.

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References


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 BMW X5.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW X5 M.

Update History

Updated 04/25/2017: Our spy photographers spotted the upcoming X7 out for a new testing session around Nurburgring.

PostHeaderIcon BMW X7

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 15 years, the Bavarian brand has launched no fewer than four different crossovers, with the latest model, the X4, having joined the lineup in 2014. As of 2016, it is known that BMW is planning to develop at least two more haulers. While the X2 is just a concept as of this writing, and the company has yet to confirm it, the X7 is already official and well underway.

The Bavarian brand made the announcement in 2014, when it revealed that the X7 will be built at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which also produces the X3, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 M models. Although production was initially planned to start in 2016, it appears that the X7 will hit the assembly line later, most likely in 2017. This is also confirmed by the fact that our latest spy shots, which we received in December 2016, show a heavily camouflaged vehicle. This doesn’t mean that it’s far from being ready, but chances are production hasn’t started yet.

There’s no word as to when the X7 will make its public debut, but I expect it to break cover in the second half of 2017, meaning it could go on sale for the 2019 model year. When it arrives in showrooms, it will become BMW’s largest offering yet and will enable the German manufacturer to compete against SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and even the Cadillac Escalade. Will it have what it takes to give the industry’s best luxury SUV a run for their money? Find out in my speculative review.

Updated 01/25/2016: The upcoming BMW X7 was caught testing once again, this time during cold winter conditions in Sweden.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming BMW X7.


PostHeaderIcon BMW X2

Rumors have been stirring about BMW building an X2 crossover since 2011, but we had yet to see it in the metal until 2015. The small SUV finally hit the streets in October 2015 and resurfaced again in January 2016, heavily camouflaged on both occasions. Although BMW has yet to officially confirm the X2, a concept car was showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, making the company’s intentions about expanding the X lineup clear as daylight.

Essentially a sleeker, coupe-like version of the X1, the X2 will compete against the likes of the Audi Q2, which was launched in 2016 after intense speculation. It will also complete BMW’s lineup of X-badged SUVs, which will include no fewer than seven nameplates once the range-topping X7 hits dealerships. Naturally, the X2 will be part of a trio of coupe crossovers, which already includes the X6 and the X4.

The new crossover should share 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 will also borrow the X1’s powertrains and cross the pond to the U.S. in similar configurations.

A launch date has yet to be announced, but given that the concept was unveiled in the third quarter of 2016, the production model should break cover sometime in 2017. Expect it to arrive Stateside for the 2018 model year. Until that happens, we created a rendering based on the concept car to go with the speculative review below.

Updated 12/13/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X2 out for a new testing session, this time during winter conditions.

Continue reading to learn out more about the 2018 BMW X2.


PostHeaderIcon 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. Just refreshed for the 2015 model year, the model enjoys subtle styling upgrades to mimic the freshest BMW designs. Also, a new four-cylinder diesel joined the lineup. However, a full redesign is expected for the 2017 model year. This redesign will entail upgraded power, a new modular design which should improve interior space and comfort, and the latest BMW technology. A plug-in hybrid is also in the works.The most exciting news, however, is the announcement that the X5 M and X6 M have a little brother on the way.

While the current 2015 X3 easily meets most peoples’ needs, expect the 2017 version to go above and beyond. According to the German publication Autobild, BMW wants to make sure that they cover all possible grounds with the redesign, so in addition to the current, versatile model lineup now, look for an M-Performance model likely dubbed the X3M40i, with a 3.0-liter inline six producing upwards of 340 horsepower.

Do not confuse this with an official M car — but don’t worry; sources hint at an all-out X3 M likely due sometime after that, sharing the new screamer-of-a-mill S55 engine, good for the at least the 425 horsepower it currently provides in the new M3 and M4. We speculate upwards of 450 ponies for the 2017 X3. Expect a 15-horsepower increase in both of the the non-M gasoline models offered in the U.S.

Updated 03/08/2016: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors we created a rendering for the upcoming BMW X3. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 BMW X3.


PostHeaderIcon BMW X2

Rumors have been stirring about BMW building an X2 crossover since 2011, but we have yet to see it in the metal until 2015. The small SUV finally hit the streets in October 2015 and resurfaced again in November, on both occasions as a heavily camouflaged prototype.

Essentially a sleeker, coupe-like version of the X1, the X2 will compete against the likes of the Range Rover Evoque. It will also complete BMW’s lineup of X-badged SUVs, which will include no fewer than six nameplates. Naturally, the X2 will be part of a trio of coupe crossovers, which already includes the X6 and the X4.

The new crossover should share 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 should also borrow the X1’s powertrains and cross the pond to the U.S. in similar configurations.

A launch date has yet to be announced, but word has it the crossover will be sold for the 2017 model year in the U.S. As a result, I expect it to be unveiled in the first half of 2016, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. Until we find out more, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the BMW X2.

Updated 01/18/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X2 out for a new testing session, this time during cold winter conditions.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 BMW X2.


PostHeaderIcon BMW X3 M

BMW launched the X3 back in 2003 as its second SUV and the market’s first compact luxury crossover. Updated in 2010, the X3 ditched its weird-looking front fascia in favor of a nose that resembled the X5’s. The second-gen crossover also saw production move from Graz, Austria, to BMW’s U.S. factory in Greer, South Carolina. As a result, the X3 entered the North American market as a locally built vehicle with a more affordable sticker. For 2015, BMW offers the X3 in three guises, with the engine lineup including 2.0-liter, four-cylinder and 3.0-liter, inline-six gasoline units, as well as a 2.0-liter diesel mill.

With both Mercedes-Benz and Audi reportedly working on beefed-up versions of their GLC (GLK) and Q5 models, respectively, BMW is considering green-lighting a high-performance version of the X3 for the third-generation model. Likely to arrive in 2016, the X3 M has been somewhat confirmed by BMW M chief Frank van Meel at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, who also revealed that the X4 is scheduled to receive an M version as well. While the X3 M is being kept under wraps as of May 2016, we put together a speculative piece on what the crossover might have to offer once it arrives. Read on for the details.

Updated 05/12/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X3 M out for some quick laps around the Nürburgring.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming BMW X3 M.


PostHeaderIcon Video: Watch This Frightening Attempted Carjacking of a BMW X5 in South Africa

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 women, 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.

Video: Watch This Frightening Attempted Carjacking of a BMW X5 in South Africa originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 26 January 2015 07:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW X5 M

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the next BMW X5 M.

BMW X5 M originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 21 November 2014 07:20 EST.

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1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, 350 Engine w/ Manual Transmission
$21,100.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Nov-22-2018 13:43:59 PST
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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 mach 1 351w fastback
$5,000.00
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 11:27:20 PST
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1964 Ford Mustang Convertible 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
$6,550.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Friday Nov-23-2018 13:00:00 PST
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1968 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 1968 Ford Convertible GT Mustang 289 Power Disc Brakes - Power steering
$7,600.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Friday Nov-23-2018 18:11:38 PST
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1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Pick Up Frame Off RESTO 350 Vintage AC PS PDB 350Trans
$12,400.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 14:34:14 PST
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1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1957 Corvette Fuelie PROJECT w/Documentation from Nolan Adams, Rare Opportunity!
$39,500.00
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 15:22:39 PST
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 3100 1955 1st series Chevrolet 3100 pickup
$5,500.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-19-2018 17:22:38 PST
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1959 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1959 gmc 100 pickup
$25.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 18:15:14 PST
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1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1946 CHEVY 1/2ton Pickup Truck, RUST FREE, 98% Original, PERFECT PROJECT!
$5,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-20-2018 16:18:04 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang Convertible 289 V8 Automatic, Power Top & Steering, Disc Brakes EASY RESTO Barn Find NO RUST
$7,987.01 (17 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 10:30:26 PST
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1949 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1949 CHEVROLET 3100 PICKUP 100% ORIGINAL BARN FIND NO RESERVE
$3,810.00 (23 Bids)
End Date: Friday Nov-23-2018 15:27:09 PST
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1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1957 Chevy Pickup Truck 3200
$9,000.00
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 11:37:38 PST
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1966 Chevrolet C-10 1966 SHORT BED
$26.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 16:52:00 PST
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1957 Ford Other Custom Ranchero 1957 Ford Custom Ranchero 
$15,100.00 (37 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-19-2018 14:15:00 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Built 289 Tremec 5 Speed Power RackPinon
$10,200.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 14:34:13 PST
Buy It Now for only: $64,995.00
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1958 Chevrolet Other Pickups C10 1958 Chevrolet Apache Step Side Pickup Truck Southern California Hot Rod Truck
$11,300.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Monday Nov-26-2018 18:30:00 PST
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1966 Chevrolet C-10 1966 Chevy C10 shortbed
$5,500.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-16-2018 6:00:56 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback
$500.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Nov-22-2018 19:00:00 PST
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1959 Chevrolet Other Pickups Apache 1959 Chevy Apache 36 Pickup Truck
$1,825.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Nov-24-2018 18:00:05 PST
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1968 Chevrolet C-10 1968 C10 LS swapped slammed pick up with AC Shop Truck
$14,800.00 (26 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-21-2018 9:56:33 PST
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1954 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1954 CHEVROLET 3100 5-WINDOW PICKUP
$18,800.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-18-2018 15:00:39 PST
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