BMW Announces New X7 SUV


By Kelsey Mays,

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)

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)

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)

Recall Alert: 2009-12 BMW X5


BMW is recalling 29,800 model-year 2009-12 X5 xDrive35d diesel vehicles due to a problem with the engine-belt idler pulley bolt, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the recalled crossovers, which were manufactured between Sept. 1, 2008, and Nov. 15, 2012, the engine-belt idler pulley bolt could loosen and break. If that happens, the vehicle may unexpectedly lose power-assisted steering, increasing risk of a crash.

BMW will notify owners starting in January, and dealers will replace and tighten the idler-pulley bolt. For more info, owners may call BMW at 800-525-7417 or NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to

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By Matt Schmitz | December 6, 2012 | Comments (2) Family Reviews the 2012 BMW X5


The 2012 BMW X5 helped to bridge the driving sensibility gap between Family reviewer Carrie Kim and her husband, aka Mr. Driving Enthusiast. While he enjoys tiny cars that hug the road, she wants to ride in comfort in an SUV. With the X5 SUV, both Carrie and her husband were happy. With its precision handling, acute responsiveness and large backseat and cargo area, there were few complaints about this five-seater.
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By Jennifer Newman | November 2, 2011 | Comments (1)

2009 BMW X5 M at the 2009 New York Auto Show


  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, Porsche Cayenne Turbo
  • Looks like: The fastest X5 ever
  • Drivetrain: 555-hp, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 with six-speed automatic; all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2009

Do you want a BMW M performance model but live in a northern climate where a lot of horsepower to the rear wheels isn’t the most optimum driving setup year-round? Well, here comes BMW to the rescue with the X5 M. Along with the X6 M, this SUV marks the first time an M model has had all-wheel drive. Unfortunately for anyone looking to cart around extra passengers, though, the optional third row of seats in the standard X5 will not be available in the X5 M. Too bad for the parents out there hoping to get their performance jones filled after dropping the kids off at school.   

Like the new X6 M, the X5 M sports a twin-turbo V-8 good for 555 hp and a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.5 seconds.  

While both M models get similar design treatments, the X5 doesn’t look as comfortable in its high-performance trimmings. The augmented  hood, headlights, front fenders, larger front air dams and 20-inch alloy wheels look a bit garish on the frumpier X5.

BMWs are not what we’d call value propositions. The highest X5 trim level with a V-8 engine starts at $56,200, which is almost $10,000 less than where the X6 starts. We’d guess the M models will be roughly $10,000 more than their non-performance counterparts, so the X5 would likely be the more affordable way to get 555 hp in an all-wheel-drive-SUV package.

It’s an impressive performance machine on paper, it’s just too bad you can’t carpool in it. 

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By David Thomas | April 6, 2009 | Comments (2) Reviews the 2009 BMW X5 Diesel

BMWX5 A new diesel engine option lends the 2009 BMW X5 an addictive driving quality, or so says reviewer Kelsey Mays. With impressive mileage to go along with its fun yet comfortable ride, the BMW X5 has to be a winner, right? Not so fast: There’s always the price tag to consider. Falling in the neighborhood of $50,000, Mays wants the X5 to justify the bounty you’ll have to cough up to drive one. Read Mays’ full review to find out if the X5 can earn his recommendation.

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By Stephen Markley | March 12, 2009 | Comments (1)

BMW Diesels Qualify for Tax Credits

09BMW335d Following in the footsteps of other automakers with diesel vehicles, like Mercedes and Volkswagen, BMW’s two diesel models will qualify for federal income-tax credits.

The 2009 BMW 335d sedan will garner you $900 back on your next return, while the 2009 X5 xDrive35d SUV will net you $1,800. Both vehicles use BMW’s twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder diesel engine and qualify for the credits under the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle tax credit program. The diesel sedan is rated at 23/33 mpg city/highway, and the X5 is rated at 19/25 mpg.

This is all well and good, but keep in mind that the 335d has a base price of $43,900, while the X5 xDrive35d starts at $51,200. We’re not sure that a savings of $900 off those prices will do much to stimulate the economy.

By Stephen Markley | February 6, 2009 | Comments (4)

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