Take a look at this selection of latest BMW prototypes that we caught testing in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Just a couple of short years ago, a big three-row BMW SUV was out of the question. Now, we just a few months away from the all-new 2019 X7 rolling into your local dealership.
Prototypes you see here are testing together. All of them are wearing light camouflage, but most of the production exterior parts are in plain view.
2019 BMW X7
As you see the 2019 BMW X7 prototype next to some of the other vehicles on the street, the large exterior dimensions become clear. The twin “kidney” grille remains, but it is enlarged for the X7. That’s a good thing because the top-of-the-line X7 will utilize a turbocharged V8 engine with a rating of close to 500 horsepower (exact specifications are not yet available).
Perhaps the most noteworthy details of the new X7 is that BMW is moving away from its traditional gauge cluster layout that has been mostly unchanged over the last several decades. Take a look. The speedometer is on the left, and tachometer is on the right with the needle sweeping up counter-clockwise.
2019 BMW X5
As you know, the new 2019 BMW X5 has already been officially revealed, but BMW is still testing several of the X5 prototypes. We see this often. A manufacturer unveils a new vehicle, but they continue to test different prototypes around the world before the vehicle actually goes on sale.
The X5 is a well-established vehicle for BMW, and it has been very successful. BMW has a tall task of updating their popular SUV/crossover. How to make it better, not alienate the existing customer base, and make it more successful? We hope to drive the new X5 soon, and bring you all the details and our driving impressions.
BMW says the 2019 X5 will start showing up in dealerships on November 10, 2018. Pricing will start at $60,700 for the starting xDrive40i. The 456 horsepower V8-powered xDrive50i will bump the starting price to $75,750.
2019 BMW 3-Series
The BMW 3-series has been the luxury sports sedan benchmark for decades. BMW is honing their entry-level sedan with the updated styling, technology, and performance. There are reports that put the next version of the turbo-six engine in the 340i sedan at 375 horsepower. This is a huge jump from the 320 horsepower that is available now in the current M340i.
The new 2019 3-Series is expected to make its world debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this fall, and we will find out a lot more about it then.