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2007 BMW X5

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
BMW's next SUV is currently under development and we have the video from the Arctic Circle to prove it.

2007 BMW X5
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  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    i wonder if itll look like the x3, ugh... hopefully not. i also dont really like their decision to add 3rd row seats.
  • mylotcatmylotcat Posts: 1
    If the base X5 gets a 360hp 4.8L, I wonder if there will be a different engine option for whatever replaces the 4.8is? I hate to see the '07 base X5 cranking more horsepower than my '05 4.8is (355hp), although if it's bigger and heavier maybe the '07 won't be as quick.
  • waldenwalden Posts: 1
    From the spyshots I saw, it will be as ugly as all recent BMW's. That's why I am considering buying the last of the X5 4.8is model.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Those test mules are usually heavily disguised though. Angelina Jolie would look ugly with the makeup they slap on those pre-production samples! :sick:
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    wise decision i say :)
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    This discussion's been inactive for a month now.

    Anyway's here's an undisguised X5 picture that I found on the net. Doesn't look that bad.

    http://automobilemag.com/2007_sneak_preview/0505_bmw_x5/
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    not too bad, if its not a photoshopped pic from the current model
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    not too shabby.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I just hope they don't make it too big.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    It will be bigger than the current model because I hear it's getting a 3rd row of seats.

    Although I think an X7 with third row seats would be nice. The X5 has the perfect size right now with 2 rows, and I doubt a 3rd row would be very comfortable.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Well, I hope then that the 3rd row seat is at least only optional, and not standard across the board. The X5 turning into a mom-mobile would be sacrilegous!

    The current X5 is pretty close to ideal size. Perhaps a couple of inches more in length to gain some added luggage space. Hope they don't make it any wider.
  • gilbert2gilbert2 Posts: 1
    BMW X-5
    I wish they do something to avoid the glare on the navigation sytem while driving against the sun - Adding a third row in X-5 is not a good idea
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,105
    While you or I may not want it... they are extremely popular in SUVs... It is what allows Mom to ditch the mini-van...

    Those SUVs that offer it as an option... are worth much more on re-sale than the ones that don't have it..

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    kyfdx

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  • emcmemcm Posts: 1
    Does any one know what new features are planned like the i-drive system or a keyless entry? Thanks!
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    But couldn't Mom stick to her MDX, Pilot, Highlander, Explorer, and other such appliances? :P Upscale Moms can pick from GX470, LR3, XC90 and such. ;)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,105
    Well... she could... but, BMW wants her money, too!!

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  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I see. But it's going to cost 'em.....in the image department! :P
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    lol... so true...i agree bmw should make 3rd row optional, not standard.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    lol... so true...i agree bmw should make 3rd row optional, not standard.

    Why? Will the 3rd row adversely affect X5 performance/handling? I dont think so unless you 6th and 7th passenger are a bit on the portly side.

    Image? What image? I believe BMW would solely manufacture sport sedans and wagons if marketing/sales were not important! The fact is the market is MOST IMPORTANT and most successful SUVs do have a third row.

    Give me your reasons why a 3rd row should be optional? If the new X5 had only two rows it makes much more sense to buy a Touring 5 series xi or if you're more frugal a Touring 3 series xi, assuming performance/handling is your priority.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "Give me your reasons why a 3rd row should be optional"

    Why? Because not everyone wants one! I don't want one, so why should I be forced to pay for one? The X5 is primarily a Sport Activity Vehicle. Not Sport Utility. Most people that are interested in maximum passenger hauling don't look to the X5 as their primary choice. There are plenty of other fine vehicles designed for that purpose. People buy X5 for the styling, the image, the performance, the handling. Basically all the attributes of a BMW sedan, but with an elevated driving position, and all-weather capability. They want to look good, and feel good, driving one. They don't care that they can't haul 6 friends along, or carpool with the neighbors' snotty kids!

    Besides, most 3rd row seats in an SUV are only suitable for amputees. :mad:

    Get a minivan if you have so many people you need to lug along!
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Get a minivan if you have so many people you need to lug along!

    Most auto makers are going to offer third row non-minivan vehicles(SAV/SUV or whatever you want to call them), BMW included---whether you like it or not!

    What the market demands, the market gets!
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    i just dont want it, sure i can remove it but who wants to pay for something they dont want...plus it means the new x5 will have to be a lot longer in size, and to me it simply blows, the current dimensions are almost perfect imo.

    i do agree however with the statement, what the market wants the market gets, but guess what, the merc ML doesnt have 3rd row anymore since most customers dont want it. it might be a good sign... :)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,105
    Don't they fold down... out of sight?

    Really.. seems like a small nit to pick.. ;)

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  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    plus it means the new x5 will have to be a lot longer in size, and to me it simply blows, the current dimensions are almost perfect imo.

    We dont know yet how extended the dimensions could be with a 3rd row. If you want better dimensions/weight in order to have better performance/handling then the x3, future Acura RDX and Audi Q5 may be most suitable for your needs.

    ML doesnt have 3rd row anymore since most customers dont want it.

    There is a reason for no 3rd row on the new ML. The reason is called the newer MB RL. A 3rd row ML would cannibalize sales of the higher priced RL Minivan or SAV or whatever you want to call it.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    true, and i wish bmw will make something else w/ 3rd row instead. call me crazy, but to me its about the image, somehow a 3rd row just wont work for me.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Couldn't agree with you more!
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Well, I say the X5 is the wrong vehicle for that. What's next, built-in flip-down baby booster seats? :mad:
  • forzaforza Posts: 36
    at a bookstore the other day and was browsing through the latest issue of Car and Driver and they have a roughly 20 model sneak preview on new cars coming out till 2007. They had a picture of the new X5 and I'm not too happy with the looks.

    There was also a picture of a new BMW called the V5, which will be a competitor to ther R Class. It will have the third row seat that some of you don't or do want.

    There were also pictures of a new Audi coupe called the R9, I think, and also a picture of the next Lexus LS.

    Pick up an issue today. It's the one with the 6 supercar comparison test on the front.
  • iamwhoamiamwhoam Posts: 23
    My wife is looking to replace her 330xi with an SAV/SUV. New 6month old, and working a child seat makes the front seat of it barely usable.

    We looked at XC90 V8 and a X5 4.4. Since the XC90 has a third row of seats we noticed a few things:

    1. The third seat, if it goes into the floor, takes up potential space. They are also not removeable.
    2. The second row seat backs on the XC90 are farther forward than they should/could be. IE the seatback is 2-3 inches in front of the C-pillar/door frame as compared to flush on the X5 and my Jeep Grand Cherokee. (salesman says that is so the 3rd row rides far enough forward so that their heads don't hit the rear window.)
    3. On an XC90, you can give the 3rd row more leg room, but you take it from the second row seats (the 2nd row seats move back and forth a few inches.)
    4. 3rd row seats are really only good for pre-teen kids, but they are all in seats/boosters and I really don't want to be belting a squirmy kid into that third row seat. Plus, if you have feral neighboorhood kids hitchhicking, don't you need booster seats for them under 100#s???? (Also, does that mean that Calista Flockheart still has to be belted into a booster seat?)

    I thought the XC90 was going to be the solution. Just as powerful as an X5, all those safety features, not having to deal with "Oh, you drive a BeeeHeMMMMMMuhhhDoubleU", about ten grand cheaper, and not the last year of a model run.

    Not so clear now. Leaning towards X5.

    3rd row seats, to me, are excuses people use to get the smaller SUVs they want, when they really should be getting Tahoes or MDXs. "Really honey, we can put your grandmother on oxygen and a walker into the 3rd row."

    The Volvo guy said "Even if you don't use the third (turd) row everyday, you can use it to pick up family at the airport." And I'm just thinking, instead of compromising my everyday driver, I'll just get a limo to pick them up.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I agree with everything you said, including the part about Ms. Flockhart! :P

    That's why I don't want to pay, in more ways than just money, for a 3rd row in an SUV/SAV.
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