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)

2015 BMW X6: First Look

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Competes with: Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne

Looks like: Similar to the X5's updated front end, the new X6 wears a chunkier front bumper and revised 3-Series-style grille

Drivetrain: 300-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder; 445-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission; and rear- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: late 2014

2014 BMW X5: First Look

BMW recently redesigned its X5 crossover, so it's no surprise that the related X6 is also getting an update for 2015. The swoopy "sports activity coupe" gets freshened styling, a new rear-wheel-drive model and a tweaked version of last year's V-8.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

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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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)

BMW X4 Concept Photo Gallery

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It's a "coupe" with four doors and a hatchback. It's a crossover SUV that insists on being called an SAV. And, as Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman previously observed when we saw it last spring during the 2013 Shanghai auto show, it bears more than a passing resemblance to the '80s-fabulous AMC Eagle. The X4 concept, BMW's latest boutiquey offering and a downsized counterpart to the X6, is now looking to confound Americans in its U.S. debut this week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Slated to launch in 2014, BMW's latest "sport activity vehicle" blends the qualities of an SAV with those of a coupe (read: five-door).

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The horizontally biased, width-accentuating exterior styling of the X4 suggests the stocky athleticism of a no-neck, fireplug-physiqued high school wrestler crouched on the mat and ready to pounce. Meanwhile, it also wears classic BMW features such as a kidney grille and stylized twin circular headlights, as well as 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Check out the photo gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

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

Top 10 Most Polarizing Cars

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Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it, but almost certainly you're talking about it. Polarizing cars have that effect on people — but sometimes you just love what you love, even if seems like everyone thinks you're nuts for loving it. Sometimes that public pressure makes you love it more. There have been cars like this since the beginning of the auto industry, with the first automobiles themselves being polarizing machines. Some people thought the horseless carriage was amazing, and some thought it was blasphemy, but it certainly got attention.

We polled the editors of Cars.com to decide the most polarizing cars of recent memory and tabulated the results. What's the most polarizing car?

By Aaron Bragman | September 17, 2013 | Comments (23)

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)

Recall Alert: 2012-2013 BMW X5, 2013 BMW X6

BMW X5BMW is recalling 2,642 2012-13 BMW X5s and 2013 BMW X6s due to incorrect manufacturing of the steering system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In affected vehicles, built from April 20 to May 29, the steering gear was not built to specifications. As a result, the gear may not lie firmly in the rack-and-pinion guide and could be pressed out under certain conditions. This would cause power-steering fluid to leak possibly into the engine compartment. The result would be a loss of hydraulic power steering, making it more difficult to steer. More importantly, the flammable steering fluids could ignite an engine fire if exposed to hot exhaust. The manufacturing error is reported to be in about 70% of the recalled vehicles, according to BMW.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified, and dealers will inspect and replace the steering gear, when necessary, free of charge. 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 Colin Bird | June 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

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