BMW Announces New X7 SUV


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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. photo

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

2014 BMW X5 Up Close, Photo Gallery


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.

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

BMW Concept X5 eDrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

  • Looks like: A BMW X5 electrified
  • Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid drivetrain
  • Ridiculous features: Exclusive "aerodynamically optimized" 21-inch light-alloy wheels
  • Chance of being mass-produced: As BMW continues to rollout electric cars, a production version of this concept is likely.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany next month, BMW will unveil its latest concept car, which aims to combine the versatility and driving experience of a luxury SUV with the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid. The BMW Concept X5 eDrive is based on the next-generation X5 SUV and is the automaker's first foray into marrying its intelligent all-wheel-drive system with its hybrid electric technology.

The X5 eDrive has a twin-turbo four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, chargeable from any domestic power socket and good for 95 horsepower, a zero-to-60 mph time of less than 7 seconds and a top speed of 75 mph. The concept can travel up to 19 electric-only miles and gets an estimated 74.3 mpg on the European test cycle.

By Matt Schmitz | August 22, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2009-10 BMW X5


BMW is recalling 1,540 model-year 2009-10 X5 xDrive 35d crossovers due to a potential problem in the fuel system that could lead to a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between June 13 and Nov. 9, 2009, and are equipped with a diesel engine. The fuel heater, used for warming up the diesel fuel during vehicle operation at low outside temperatures, could experience an electrical-overload condition and become permanently activated, even when the ignition is off; this could lead to a dead battery or the unit could overheat, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire.

BMW will notify owners starting this month, and dealers will replace the fuel-filter heater for free. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 19, 2013 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2013 BMW X5

2013BMWX5 reviewer Kristin Varela says the 2013 BMW X5 is strong enough for a man and, while not exactly made for a woman, makes for a decent bit of neutral ground in the battle of the sexes. The luxury crossover's xDrive35i version boasts a tight, sporty driving feel with plenty of acceleration and road feedback, along with cargo space to accommodate both the kids' gear and a bountiful haul from the lawn-and-garden store. Check out the review to see if the current X5 is worth a look before the 2014 goes on sale later this year.

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By Rick Popely | July 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

BMW Prices Redesigned 2014 X5 at $53,725

2014 BMW X5

BMW's redesigned 2014 X5 will start at $53,725, including a $925 destination charge, when the luxury SUV goes on sale this fall. The new-for-2014 sDrive35i is BMW's first use of rear-wheel drive on the formerly exclusive all-wheel-drive X5. Two things could have come of this: a lower base price and higher fuel economy — both happened for the 2014 Acura MDX. However, the 2014 X5 is $5,300 more expensive than the previous model, and EPA fuel economy ratings aren't yet available.

The increased base price comes with more standard features, including navigation with a 10.2-inch screen, an auto stop-start system to save fuel, a 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat and a 10-year subscription to BMW's Assist service with automatic collision notification and TeleService that alerts the dealership when service is due.

By Joe Bruzek | June 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW X5: First Look

  • Competes with: Audi Q7, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mercedes-Benz ML, Land Rover LR4
  • Looks like: A new 3-Series, stretched and pulled over a tall wagon frame
  • Drivetrain: twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel, eight-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Fall 2013

BMW has redesigned its 3-Series, 5-Series and X3 in recent years and now it's the X5's turn. The popular "sport activity vehicle" (an SUV to the rest of the world) gets new styling and content that follow themes we've seen in those other new BMWs and keeps it current with the ever-changing crop of luxury trucks in the segment.

For 2014, a new model joins the X5 family, one that offers rear-wheel drive instead of the all-wheel drive that has been standard on the X5 since its introduction two generations ago.

By Aaron Bragman | May 30, 2013 | Comments (5)

Used BMW X5, Subaru Impreza Prices Fall in March


Late-model used-car prices saw a very slight decline in March, with the average asking price in vehicle listings down $31 to $22,619. Prices for 2010 to 2012 used cars are down just $43 from the beginning of the year, or less than 1%.

Among the top 10 cars with the biggest price swings, March was a month of price corrections. After experiencing the biggest price gains in February, the BMW X5 and Subaru Impreza had the largest price declines in March. X5 prices were down 9% to $44,901 while Impreza prices fell 6% to $21,918. The decreases erased all of the prior month's gains for these models — and then some. Perhaps these all-wheel-drive vehicles were priced higher for winter.

By Mike Hanley | March 22, 2013 | Comments (3)

Used BMW X5 Prices Surge in February

Late-model used-car prices held steady in February, with the average asking price in vehicle listings falling just $12 from the month before to $22,650.

The top 10 models with the biggest price drops saw considerably steeper declines over the same timeframe of Jan. 1 to Feb. 1. The Chevrolet Express 3500 registered the biggest fall as the heavy-duty full-size van saw its average asking price slip 12% to $21,679, a decline of $2,847. Another Chevrolet, the Corvette sports car, saw the biggest pure-dollar decrease with a $3,091 price drop, but a higher overall price means the decline was just 5%.

Meanwhile, prices for the BMW X5 luxury SUV surged 8% ($3,662) in February to $49,512. It was followed by the Subaru Impreza (up 6%) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (up 4%).

The charts below detail the top 10 used cars from the 2010 to 2012 model years with the biggest price drops — as well as the 10 with the biggest increases. To be eligible for the list, a model had to have 500 cars in's national inventory.

By Mike Hanley | February 22, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2007-10 BMW X5

BMW is recalling 30,265 model-year 2007-10 versions of the X5 midsize SUV due to a problem with the brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles are equipped with V-8 engines and were manufactured from Sept. 12, 2006, through March 18, 2010 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). The brake vacuum pump in these vehicles may leak, which could interfere with the power assisted braking system. This could lead to a crash. According to BMW, there have not been any accidents related to this issue.

BMW will notify owners later this month, and dealers will replace the brake vacuum line for free. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

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