BMW Announces New X7 SUV

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By Kelsey Mays, Cars.com

BMW announced Friday it will build the recently unveiled X4 plus an all-new X7 (and eventually the X5 plug-in hybrid) at its Spartanburg, S.C., assembly plant. The German automaker currently builds the X3, X5 and X6 SUVs there.

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The flurry of SUV announcements came with few other details, particularly on the new X7, which BMW called "another all-new, larger X model." The automaker said it plans to build all X7s in Spartanburg, and will export them from there for sales overseas. Autoweek reports the SUV will seat up to seven occupants in three rows; BMW will build it off an extended-wheelbase version of the recently redesigned X5 platform, which will underpin the next X6 as well. The X7 will compete with the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Infiniti QX80 and Cadillac Escalade. Autoweek says it will offer inline-six and V-8 engines. It should also have a plug-in hybrid drivetrain similar to the one in the forthcoming X5 plug-in, which BMW previewed in the X5 Concept eDrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

As part of a $1 billion investment over the next two years, the automaker says it will expand capacity at the 20-year-old plant by 50 percent, to 450,000 total cars from the current 300,000 a year. BMW shoppers here shouldn't expect to get all of those, though: The automaker says it exports around 70 percent of its Spartanburg production each year.

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By David Thomas | March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X3: First Look

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Competes with: Audi Q5, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
Looks like: BMW's typical mid-cycle update applied to the X3
Drivetrain: 180-hp, turbo 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder; 240-hp, turbo 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder or 300-hp, turbo 3.0-liter gasoline six-cylinder; eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive (2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder only) or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

No, it wasn't in a press conference at today's 2014 Chicago Auto Show, but BMW decided to unveil an update on its X3 SUV, which was last redesigned for 2011. Some visual changes join significant interior updates, particularly among the dashboard's center controls. But the biggest news may be the diesel X3 xDrive28d, which is the first time we've seen a diesel X3 in the U.S. There's also a new rear-wheel-drive version of the four-cylinder gasoline X3, called the sDrive28i.

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When the X3 goes on sale this spring, the rear-drive sDrive28i will start at $39,325 including destination. That's $1,400 less than the 2014 X3 xDrive28i, which had standard all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive X3 xDrive28i starts at $40,725 - the same price as the 2014 version — while the xDrive28d and six-cylinder xDrive35i add $2,100 and $5,100, respectively.

By Kelsey Mays | February 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 76,200 BMW Cars and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected:
Approximately 76,200 model-year 2012-14 vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines, including the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4.

The Problem: An interruption in the oil supply to a part could mean the loss of power braking assist; this could require the driver to press harder on the brake pedal in order to stop.

The Fix: BMW will notify affected owners by mail, and dealers will repair the problem in the power braking system.

What Owners Should Do: The automaker said drivers who lose power brake assist should pull over and call for roadside assistance. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com for more info; they can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 1, 2013 | Comments (6)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 BMW X1

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"Downsizing done right." That's how Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek describes the 2013 BMW X1, the smaller, more fuel-efficient sibling of the X3. Car shoppers interested in the BMW luxury experience without the BMW luxury price by and large will find what they're looking for in this subcompact SUV. Bruzek says that while the X1 sacrifices some rear-passenger and cargo space, as well as high-tech features, buyers won't miss out on a plush interior and a zippy, agile driving experience — nor will they miss out on the $8,000 more they'd otherwise have spent on the X3.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 20, 2013 | Comments (4)

2013 BMW X1 Video

If you're OK with sacrificing some roominess, BMW's new entry-level crossover will have you wondering, "X3 who?" Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the X1 is more "large hatchback" than "small SUV," boasting nimble handling, quality cabin materials and impressive room for the driver and front passenger. Trade-offs include a narrower backseat and limited cargo space compared with the larger X3, as well as stiff ride quality and less-than-practical cupholders. Still, with this level of quality for the price, the X1 doesn't penalize buyers for being "entry level." Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

April's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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April's fastest-selling cars mixed luxury models with recent redesigns and, oddly enough, a few oldies. The Audi Q5 and Q7 — frequent speedy sellers despite their age — met the likes of the BMW X3, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Lincoln MKZ. A couple 2014 redesigns also made the list: the Subaru Forester and Chevrolet Impala.

It's good news for Ford's Lincoln division, whose redesigned MKZ has been hampered by production setbacks during its launch. Both the MKZ and MKZ Hybrid were among April's fastest-selling cars, reprising the cars' March appearance — but with a key difference. As we reported on April 2, March's brisk sales pace didn't translate into higher sales, but that changed in April. Lincoln shoppers bought 4,012 MKZs and MKZ Hybrids, up 115.4% versus April 2012. It was the best month in the nameplate's seven-year history, Ford proclaimed.

A few oddball cars often land among the fastest sellers, and April was no exception. The current Scion xB hatchback hit dealerships in May 2007 while Nissan introduced the current Frontier pickup truck at the 2004 Detroit auto show. In car years, the elder Nissan is somewhere between actors Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer — and it hasn't aged as well. But the Frontier and xB spent little time on dealer lots in April, and both have minimal incentives. Go figure.

April's slowest sellers document the continuing sales trickle for two cars: the Acura ILX Hybrid and Chevrolet Malibu Eco. Both variants make up a good chunk of their respective nameplates in Cars.com new-car inventory, but they took 150 and 229 days, respectively, to move. Contrast that with April's 51-day monthly average, which stayed about even with March (48 days) but came in a bit slower than April 2012's 45 days.

Here are March's fastest and slowest sellers:

By Kelsey Mays | May 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

BMW X4 Sport Activity Coupe Concept at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

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  • Looks like: Honey, I shrunk the X6!
  • Defining characteristics: BMW family face, apparent lack of rear headroom, new headlight pattern
  • Ridiculous features: 21-inch concept-car wheels, naming a five-door hatchback a "coupe"
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Count on it

BMW continues to add new quirky models to its lineup in its quest to become the best-selling luxury brand in the world. The automaker's most recent concept car, which is headed for the 2013 Shanghai motor show, is likely a preview of the next step in BMW's model blitz. Behold the BMW X4 Sport Activity Coupe concept, a baby brother to the larger X6.

BMW hasn't released any technical details on the X4 concept, sticking to discussions of its styling instead, but we assume its relationship to the BMW X3 Sport Activity Vehicle (BMW refuses to call them SUVs) will be similar to the connection between the X5 and the X6.

By Aaron Bragman | April 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

10 Years Later, SUVs Remain Vital for Luxury Brands

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It has been over a decade since the BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX and others took the luxury segment by storm. Over time, many may have forgotten what kind of impact this new group of vehicles made on their companies' bottom lines, but they — along with smaller crossovers — still play a major role in the market.

Like NFL fans who didn't fully realize what they were missing until replacement referees embarrassed the league, Infiniti dealers weren't completely aware of how successful a proper crossover could be until the JX arrived. Sales of the two-row, overtly sporty FX had fallen every year since 2004. The big QX, though surprisingly successful, competes in a lower-volume sector. In September, the JX made up 24% of all Infiniti sales. Although the JX, now the brand's best-selling utility vehicle, has been on sale only since March, Infiniti's four SUVs and crossovers have been responsible for 39% of the brand's 86,596 sales in 2012. In 2002, Infiniti sold one SUV; it accounted for 19% of the brand's total volume.

What kind of impact does that have on a brand? Total Infiniti car sales for 2012 are up just 2.5%; its "trucks" leapt up 63.6%. The brand overall for 2012 is up 20%.

By Timothy Cain | October 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 BMW X3 to Get Four-Cylinder Option

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An updated 2013 BMW X3 will go into production in April with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, more tech options and a new M performance package.

The 4xDrive28i will replace its 240-horsepower inline-six-cylinder with an equally powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder motor. The engine — already available on the 3 Series, 5 Series and Z4 — also comes with an auto stop/start feature for improved gas mileage. The current X3 xDrive28i gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined.

The new four-cylinder won't make the X3 cheaper, but it won't make it any more expensive, either. At $37,995 including destination, the SUV costs the same as the outgoing 2012 trim. The xDrive28i gets more standard equipment, however, including a power liftgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome tailpipes and a fuel-saving program BMW calls Driving Dynamics Control.

For folks who still prefer the sound of six-cylinder power, the xDrive35i soldiers on with its 3.0-liter inline-six, which produces 300 hp. It also gets an auto start/stop feature that will improve fuel economy by up to 3% in certain conditions, BMW says. The xDrive35i will go on sale for $43,595, which is also the same as last year's model. An M Sport Package featuring 19-inch wheels is available on the xDrive35i.

A new lane departure warning system is optional. Additional trim, feature and fuel economy info will be made available closer to the SUV's launch early this summer.

By Colin Bird | February 16, 2012 | Comments (10)

Recall Alert: 2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3BMW is recalling approximately 50 2011 X3 SUVs over issues involving the electric power-steering system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In some X3s manufactured between April 27 and June 8, the control module for the power steering may malfunction. This could lead to a loss of power steering, making the vehicle harder to control at low speeds. If ESP is lost, a warning symbol will light on the driver’s instrument cluster.

BMW will notify affected customers. Dealers will replace the ESP unit. The recall is expected to begin this month. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Colin Bird | July 5, 2011 | Comments (0)

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