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The first-ever BMW X7 is now official, slotting in above the BMW X5 in terms of size and appointment. Outside, this massive machine rocks 21-inch alloy wheels as standard, plus the largest kidney grille ever designed for a production BMW. There’s LED lighting in the rear, plus a full set of adaptive LED headlights up front, both as standard.
You’ll also notice longer rear doors, which allow for easier access to the extra bench in back. That’s critical, as the X7 comes with three-row, seven-passenger seating as standard, plus the option for second-row captain’s chairs if desired. Cargo space is ample, with 48.6 cubic feet on offer with the rear benches up, and 90.4 cubic feet with them down. Additionally, BMW is tossing in a raft of cutting-edge driver assistance tech, such as standards like Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Information, and Frontal Collision Warning. Meanwhile, electroplated interior accents and standard four-zone climate control keep it classy and comfortable.
In terms of motivation, the X7 comes with a pair of turbocharged engine options, including a 4.4-liter V-8 and a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. The former makes 456 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, enabling a run to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, while the latter makes 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, enabling a run to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is shared between both powerplants, routing muscle to an xDrive AWD system. A standard two-axle air suspension setup keeps it shiny side up, and there’s an optional M Sport differential offered with both the Dynamic Handling Package and the Off-Road Package.
BMW is opening up online preorders for the 2019 X7 later this month, with customers encouraged to pay their deposits via their smartphone or home computer for priority in the vehicle production queue. Pricing starts at $73,900 for the xDrive 40i and $92,600 for the xDrive 50i.
Japanese coach builder Mitsuoka has launched a new project build called the Rock Star. The Corvette Stingray-bodied Rock Star is a Mazda MX-5 underneath a classic Americanized body. The nod towards one of the most iconic pieces of American car history is a fresh approach from a coach-building company best known for building what is arguably the world’s ugliest sports car. Compared to the positively ghastly Orochi sports car, the Rock Star is, well, a rock star that should have no problem establishing fans and groupies alike.
Supercars are designed and built to accelerate and go around corners quickly on smooth tarmac, but what if you have one with raised suspension, body cladding, and beefy off-road rims and tires? It’d probably look somewhere along the lines of this digitally manipulated previous-generation Ford GT and would even be decent off-road, but nowhere near as good as it originally was on-road.
Skoda is on a roll with launches and announcements these days, especially vehicles with raised stances. This time, the Czech automaker has released the first teaser images of the Kodiaq GT. Oh yes, it gets the GT moniker. The Kodiaq GT is like the super-sexy, alter-ego version of the Kodiaq, but there’s a catch; the SUV is exclusive to China only.
Porsche has outlined its plan to expand its lineup of electric vehicles with several new battery-powered models set to make their debut over the next decade. The information comes courtesy of Lutz Meschke, who is the company’s financial director and a member of its board of directors.
Unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the G20 is the seventh generation of the iconic BMW 3 Series. It replaces the seven-year-old F30 model and introduces a new design language, state-of-the-art technology, and updated engines.
Borrowing features seen on recently introduced models like the 5 Series sedan and the X5 SUV, the 3 Series looks sportier than ever and it’s finally on par with its competitors in the technology department. It continues to feature four- and six-cylinder engines, but for the time being there aren’t any diesels to pick from. However, BMW confirmed that both oil burners and hybrids are underway. The Germans claim that "no single model has embodied the concept of the Ultimate Driving Machine better than the latest BMW 3 Series." Let’s find out if it’s true or not in the review below.
Volkswagen is testing its upcoming T-Roc Convertible, and this is the very first set of shots showing a camouflaged prototype of the drop top. The vehicle will replace the VW Golf Convertible in the range, and like that car, it will feature a soft top and frameless and pillarless doors.
It is going to be a four-seater vehicle with decent room in the back for passengers, powered by a range of mostly gasoline and probably diesel engines and at the moment it has no real crossover rivals in the same size and price bracket.
The soft top it uses looks like it’s very similar in shape to that of the current Golf Cabriolet, and it will pretty much offer the same experience as that car but will sit slightly higher off the ground and better off-road capability. But make no mistake, it is designed to spend most of its time on the road, and we doubt anybody will want to do serious off-roading in one of these.
An online artist has released a rendering of the Ferrari Purosangue, or at least a rendering of the SUV’s rear section. The rendering doesn’t reveal the front end of the highly anticipated SUV, but this is one of the first renderings we’ve seen of Ferrari’s future SUV. Speculation surrounding the design of the Purosangue is at an all-time high after the Italian automaker confirmed plans to join the super-luxury SUV market. This rendering is not a sign of things to come, but it does point to what we can expect when the real Purosangue arrives.
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro was just updated for the 2019 model year, now sporting a brand-new face that makes it more aggressive than ever. As it is always the case, Chevy began rolling out various upgrades and accessories for its popular coupe. With the 2018 SEMA Show just around the corner, Chevrolet created the Camaro Shock, an SS-based pony car that showcases a new exterior color and various accessories and concept parts.
Finished in Shock Yellow, hence the Camaro Shock name, this production-ready concept is packed with accessories and performance parts created by the same designers and engineers responsible for the Camaro itself, for seamless integration. While some are already available, other parts will hit the market later this year and in 2019. As usual, you can shop online for the parts on Chevrolet’s website and choose to have them delivered either at home or at a dealer delivery. You can also choose to install them yourself or have them fitted by professionals at a Chevy dealership. Let’s see what’s new.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Camaro SS Shock.
As part of the SEMA show this year, Ford introduced a quartet of amazing, modified Mustangs, one of which is actually a car crafted by the CGS Motorsports. Every year, Ford gifts us with four or five fantastic tuned Mustangs and gives us a unique opportunity to see just how differently tuners approach the tuning of these cars. California-based CGS Motorsports focused on power and performance upgrades and simplistic interior mods. While we are still waiting for the interior shots, the sketch of the exterior shows admirable modifications and transformation of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT fastback into a proper street racer.