2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Photo Gallery (49 Photos)

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Dial M for motorsports. BMW is introducing the race-ready variants of its X5 sport activity vehicle and X6 sport activity coupe this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, on track for a spring 2015 release. Consistent with their performance purposes, the X5 M and X6 M rock aggressive-looking racing cues such as enlarged scoops, 21-inch wheels, unique tiers, rear diffusers, quad tailpipes and monochrome blue or gray metallic paint.

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Both the M and M boast sweet interior flourishes, too. Sporty cues in the cabin include a unique steering wheel, paddle shifters and gauges, Merino leather seats with contrast stitching and M badging, a simulated Alcantara headliner, a Nappa-covered dash and plenty of aluminum trim. The X5 M starts at $99,650 and the X6 M at $103,050, including destination.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M: First Look

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Competes with: Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne S

Looks like: The new X5 and X6 with more aggressive scoops, wheels and colors

Drivetrains: 567-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

MSRP: X5 M starts at $99,650; X6 M at $103,050, both prices include a $950 destination fee.

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After a one-model-year absence from the U.S., German luxury automaker BMW has unveiled the latest versions of its two 'bahn-burning sport utility vehicles, the X5 M and X6 M. These are hotter versions of the standard X5 "sport activity vehicle" and X6 "sport activity coupe" that share common components and serve upscale neighborhood carpools throughout the world. BMW let its M Division loose on the expensive family haulers and came up with versions that are faster, more powerful and more expensive than the models they replace.

By Aaron Bragman | October 31, 2014 | Comments (1)

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By Matt Schmitz | September 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | August 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW X5 Review

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"The redesigned 2014 BMW X5 carries on its winning formula of being a stylish, expensive, luxurious SUV for secret station-wagon fans who prefer to sit up high," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW X5

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Vehicles Affected: About 6,400 model-year 2014 BMW X5 luxury crossovers manufactured between Dec. 12, 2013, and March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft Close Automatic option.

The Problem: The rear side-door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured correctly, and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage. This could allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: BMW began notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear side-door locks; any affected door locks will be replaced for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2012 BMW Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 156,137 BMW vehicles from the 2010-2012 model years. The recalled models are the 2010-11 128i coupe and convertible; 328i xDrive sedan; 328i sedan, coupe, convertible and sports wagon; and Z4 sDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2011-12 vehicles are the 135i coupe and convertible, 335i sedan, X5 xDrive 35i and X6 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2011 vehicles are the 335i xDrive sedan, 335i coupe and convertible, 528i sedan, 535i sedan, 535i xDrive sedan, X3 xDrive 28i and X3 xDrive 35i. Affected model-year 2010 vehicles are the X3 xDrive 30i and X5 xDrive 30i. Affected model-year 2012 vehicles are the 2012 640i coupe and convertible. Model-year 2010-12 535i Gran Turismo vehicles are also part of the recall.

"In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline-six-cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its recall notice. 

The Problem: The bolts that secure the variable camshaft timing adjustment unit could become loose and may break. This could cause reduced engine power or the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash. BMW has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue, the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected bolts for free.

What Owners Should Do: BMW will notify owners starting in May. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

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)

2014 BMW X5 Up Close, Photo Gallery

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The BMW X5 has been a long-running favorite of luxury SUV buyers, but there's no denying that its look has become a little tired lately. The previous generation went on sale in 2006 and got a refresh in 2011. Thankfully, the 2014 gets a new exterior and interior while retaining most of the same dimensions and powertrains as before. It hits dealerships later this year.

Does the beautification pay off?

By David Thomas | September 17, 2013 | Comments (5)

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