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BMW considering an X7 crossover, re-imagined CS - report

 BMW considering an X7 crossover, re-imagined CS - report
Modified BMW X5 sketch as X7

X8 crossover also possible

Anonymous BMW insider Scott27 has revealed some new details about several possible additions to BMW's lineup.

According to the mysterious poster, BMW is considering an X7 crossover which could compete with the Land Rover Range Rover. Little is known about the model, but it could have car-like styling and use a variety of components from the X5 and 7-Series.

The company could also launch a re-imagined version of the CS concept. Designed to bridge the gap between BMW and Rolls-Royce, the model would slot above the 7-Series and could use a carbon fiber body and structure.

There are also two other models which are considered less likely for production. The first is a China exclusive extra-long wheelbase 7-Series, while the other is an X8 crossover. The latter model would be a "four-door coupe" version of the X7, but it could also be re-invented as an i6.

Needless to say, we're taking everything with a grain of salt but Scott27 has been right in the past so feel free to place your bets.

 

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tom43
Always thought the 6-series Gran Coupe is the CS concept equivalent?!
May 9, 2012 9:27 am
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WCF'S President (neva.mynd)
I just say BMW was irrational not to give us a CS coupe,it was stingy n naive whatever the appropriate description now look at ya,CLS is now out of this world...X5 is an excellent car now I doubt the purpose n usefulness of the X7,perhaps its maybe something to compete with GL Class? (it wud be good to have a G Class competitor thou. I just feel BMW is directionless at the moment,thats besides starting new trends.
May 9, 2012 4:05 am
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air_cooled
I think starting new trends and making money is a direction that every car maker dreams of...
May 9, 2012 2:39 pm
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automobile007
A friend of mine works and BMW in Germany and explained to me that BMW were considering an X7 back in the day when the original X5 was selling so well. However in the end, they just scaled up the X5, made the the new X3 the same size as the original X5 then introduced the X1 to fill the gap at the bottom. If the next X5 grows by a couple of inches as every new car seems to, I can't see how they can make an SUV much bigger, I think their current SUV line up has it covered pretty well
May 9, 2012 3:59 am
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NYyanks
WHY DOES BMW NEED SO MANY DAMN SUV'S!? SO POINTLESS!!!!!!!!
May 8, 2012 10:12 pm
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Han Solo
I have to agree with VTEC...Why so many SUVs and CrossOvers??? Where is the Mid Engined Supercar you've been promising us???
May 8, 2012 11:49 pm
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air_cooled
$$$$$...
May 9, 2012 1:28 am
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edd_lg
BMW has shareholders. Shareholders want money. SUVs bring money. Got it ?
May 9, 2012 2:20 am
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Han Solo
Wow...what a revelation...
May 9, 2012 4:51 am
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edd_lg
you're welcome.
May 9, 2012 7:53 am
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air_cooled
Actually Solo, it does seem like a revelation considering some people on here do not understand a proper business model
May 9, 2012 2:38 pm
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Ratt
It's all about damn money, stop this SUV madness, where are the days of M3 CSL and Z4 M, I'd like to see a supercar we don't need anymore trucks.
May 8, 2012 7:03 pm
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M.
They're building those 'trucks' for more profit obviously, but that's the profit which will find it's way in developing the long-rummored mid-engined supercar. Maybe the Z4 M too, because they said it's easy to build and they want it too, but 1st should make the business case.
May 9, 2012 4:25 am
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whatitis
I feel BMW missed their opportunity with the original CS. The 6 Gran Coupe is essentially what came of the Concept CS. A nice car by all means but it doesn't exactly evoke much emotion with regards to the design BMW could have taken back in 2007. Time has allowed rivals to 'catch-up'. This is especially true since BMW's competitor in Mercedes-Benz appears to be further along with their new design language in the Concept Style Coupe revealed recently.
May 8, 2012 6:58 pm
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clash_189
The person who is responsibly to CS concept has move to MB and he brought us the A-class sedan (can't remember what he concept car is called). So the next BMW will have a new design language.
May 8, 2012 9:50 pm
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M.
Karim Habib is the man, he draw the current 7 series. After that, he went to Mercedes and then back again to BMW as head of design for BMW cars (& motorbikes? idk)
May 9, 2012 4:15 am
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EMBJATI85
will they offer a roller one to compete with the bentley suv hahaha
May 8, 2012 6:29 pm
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air_cooled
The x5 already competes with the range Rover. This will be better.
May 8, 2012 6:26 pm
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clash_189
X5 is always poor step cousin of current Range Rover. If they want to build X7, the engine has to be restricted to V8, lesser unit would not be appropriate except they can manage to have 400++hp with 6 cylinders.
May 8, 2012 9:54 pm
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air_cooled
The x5 is better in every way. BMW used to own Land rover but discarded them when they saw the company could not be salvaged to make a solid profit.
May 9, 2012 1:27 am
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automobile007
@air_cooled Land Rover is hugely profitable, they can't build the Evoque quick enough and the current Range Rover is one of the most profitable cars around
May 9, 2012 4:00 am
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clash_189
These days, Range Rover makes money, but back on early 2000s, it did not make money. If it is so profitable, then how would Ford shareholders want to ditch this brand? Starting from the introduction of Discovery and Range Rover Sports, I think, Land Rover started making money. If not, then why LR took so long to release new RR, the current RR is identical to the one developed by BMW. Idea of selling Freelander at Discovery price territory was absolutely the turning direction for this company.
May 9, 2012 5:04 am
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Mark633CSi
LOL @ air_cooled! The difference between the X5 and the Range Rover has class and off road ability. The X5 is built with such a lack of attention to detail and build quality that it's disgusting to anyone who has ever had respect for the BMW brand. It's designed to take misinformed soccer mom's and their douche husbands to the mall. That's it. The Rover has an air of class and oppulance that could never be matched by any X5. Not to mention if you were to take an X5 off road, you would be left with a very expensive repair bill... providing it didn't break down on you before you even got to where you're going.
May 9, 2012 10:23 am
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air_cooled
My understanding is that Land Rover, and more specifically the Range Rover are one of the least reliable cars on the road. I am also not sure why you think the x5 is uncapable off road? Because it is very capable on road as well? This is why the German companies own the British ones (sold themselves to us)and not the oher way around. Mini, Bentley, Rolls Royce etc. We make the calls and get the profits. We use cheap labour englanders (people make more money in Germany then England).
May 9, 2012 2:35 pm
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Mark633CSi
@air_cooled Range Rovers suffer from the sins of their past. The new ones, like all new vehicles, have their issues. However, most times when something goes wrong on a Range Rover, you can drive it to the repair facility. When an X5 breaks down, it's usually freezing cold and you need to get it flat bedded to the dealer. I think X5's are terrible off road vehicles because, well, they are terrible off road vehicles. Most of them have rubber bands for tires, weak transfer cases, see X5 50i, and extremely weak aluminum suspension components. The differential vents are also located right on top of the diffs. They would fill up with water and leave you stranded. The Range Rover's diff vents are remotely mounted higher up allowing you to ford. The only Fording you'll be doing in an X5 is when you get sick of walking and trade your garbage X5 off at the local Ford dealer for something more reliable! They are good on the road. There is no question that they could go around a track or a corner faster than a Range Rover. They aren't meant for off road use. Period. You can't argue the point. X5's come with Dunlop Sport Max 275's on the front and 315's on the back! If snow is even in the forecast an X5 will have a hard time moving. I'm not saying Range Rovers are the most reliable or the most capable off road vehicle out there, but they are miles ahead of the X5 in both regards. E70 especially. I'm not sure what your trying to say in the second half of post. Please, elaborate.
May 9, 2012 6:10 pm
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