Building a 2019 BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series sedan has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. As we previously covered, the 3 Series has carefully evolved throughout the decades and has traditionally placed an emphasis on sporty driving dynamics, technology and crisp design. Styling has generally been conservative, and the seventh-generation model carries on that theme. The exterior is handsomely rendered and features luxury styling cues, like chrome window surrounds, combined with aggressive bodyside sculpting and an integrated decklid spoiler. It all…

Building a [Big Money] 2019 BMW X7

For 2019 BMW has introduced the X7, its largest ever SUV, which slots above the mid-size X5 and X6 in the brand’s massive crossover lineup. The full-size X7 is designed to comfortably seat up to seven passengers, with a far more hospitable third-row seat than can be had in the X5. Competing head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lincoln Navigator and Land Rover Range Rover, the X7 carries a starting price of $73,900. As with most vehicles within the full-size luxury…

BMW 3 Series: Looking Forward, Glancing Back

The next-generation BMW 3 Series is set to make its debut any day now. While its unveiling awaits, looking back at the venerable luxury sport sedan’s heritage provides context for what can be expected for model year 2019. Over six generations the 3 Series has gone through evolution and revolutions in terms of style and has grown significantly in size. Will the next 3-Series take on a retro flair and embody the minimalism of the E21 or go a more…

Design Analysis: Generation One (2000-2006) BMW X5

The BMW X5 traces its origins back to the 2000 model year when the first generation made its debut. This was the first SUV for the automaker and joined the 3- 5- and 7-Series as well as the Z3 and Z8 in BMW’s lineup. This pre-Bangle era was when BMW hit its peak, both in terms of driving dynamics and design. The first generation X5 was an imposing and serious-looking vehicle that incorporated classic BMW design elements into a crossover…

2018 BMW X2

The 2018 BMW X2 is a a recent addition to the BMW lineup. Slotting above the entry-luxury BMW X1 compact SUV, the X2 is positioned as a more sporting and premium model with less utilitarian and more sporty styling flourishes. Prices start at an MSRP of $36,400.  Overall, the styling is interesting and cohesive, and a much more successful interpretation of a raised hatchback than Mercedes-Benz’s gawky GLA.

2018 BMW 3 Series

The 2018 BMW 3 Series is the brand’s compact luxury sedan, and one of the top-selling luxury branded vehicles. The 3 Series has traditionally been a sporty car, however over the generations BMW has begun to prioritize a smooth and quiet ride over edge-of-the-seat performance. That means that the basic 3 Series of 2018 isn’t quite as special as the 3 Series of 1998 for driving enthusiasts. However, the 3 Series is a very well-rounded car that’s available in a variety of trims, some of which recapture a bit of its old glory. Engine options include two four-cylinders, both of which are fuel-efficient and smooth, and the lovely, buttery-smooth inline-six. Pricing starts at an MSRP of $34,900 and the 3 Series is available in sedan, wagon and hatchback (called “Gran Turismo”).

Luxury Brand Sales in October 2017

Wow, Lexus and BMW were neck and neck in October sales! Even closer were Audi and Buick, just a few hundred units difference. Mercedes-Benz numbers includes 2,446 van sales, when we remove those the monthly tall comes out to 29,623, still well ahead of second place BMW. So, what is Mercedes-Benz doing so right to be this far ahead? A combination of a robust SUV lineup and its push downmarket with the CLA and GLA have postured the brand to…

Who Will Kia’s Stinger Hurt The Most?

As Kia continues its ascent into the premium category with the flashy 2018 Stinger, questions arise over what models it will compete most closely with. On one hand, its RWD layout and performance focus mean it could conquest muscle car fans in need of more space than what’s offered in a Camaro or Mustang. In terms of brand identity, Kia is more traditionally aligned with Ford and Chevrolet. However, now that features once exclusive to luxury cars like heated leather…

Design Analysis: 2018 BMW 5 Series

Part of what makes the auto industry so fascinating is that it is constantly changing. Like clockwork, every five to seven years most models get redesigned. With reputations and standards to uphold, not to mention customers to impress, stakes are always high for automakers as they go back to the drawing board to rethink, restyle and, occasionally, reinvent their offerings. The iconic BMW 5 Series has long been a favorite among those in the know, so the release of a…