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post #1 of 2 Old 04-20-2016, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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BMW X5 To Pave The Way For X7

BMW’s X7 may hit the market in 2018 but before then, the current X5’s successor will be coming in 2017 and it’s going to share the 7 series’ underpinning.

The new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) is a modular chassis that can accommodate both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. It’s made from a combination of high-strength steels, aluminum and carbon fiber for a chassis that is both structurally rigid and light. BMW plans to use the CLAR in future read-wheel drive models including the upcoming 7 series, the next 3 series, 6 series and the 5 series.

Autocar says the new X5 is “already in advanced stages of development”. It could follow the 7-series footsteps and arrive next year in both RWD and AWD. Engine options reportedly includes a 3.0-liter straight-six engine, new twin-turbo V-8, 6.0-liter V-12, and maybe even a hybrid variant later on.

Given that around 30% of current X5 customers tick the third row option, BMW believes that the take-up rate would be higher if people were more aware of the option and if they could change the buyers’ perception of it. In this way, the X5 will pave the way for the X7, by setting up the market foundation.

When the X7 does come out, it won’t use an extended X5 wheelbase. Instead, BMW will give the X7 its own underpinnings and it will “take its pick of engines from the entire BMW range.”
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-21-2016, 01:54 PM
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This probably explains why we haven't seen much at all from the big publications of a X7 testing, instead it has been what they identified as a X5. Now we know the X5 we seen had some X7 things going on about it. That makes me feel better because now development isn't as dead as I once thought it was.
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