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BMW Concept X7 is a three-row luxury behemoth

Rumors have swirled for years about BMW’s plans to build a three-row crossover larger than the current X5. Now, the automaker’s latest concept is proof that it’s getting pretty close to bringing that ute to production.

The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, like the 8 Series and Z4 concepts before it, gives us an early look at future additions to BMW’s lineup, albeit wrapped up with some pretty pie-in-the-sky design elements. But it’s a concept, after all, so it wouldn’t be very fun if it weren’t at least partially fanciful.

The iPerformance part of its name signals that it’s a plug-in hybrid. The car gets its hustle from a mixture of electric motors and a turbocharged gas engine, likely similar to the setups on offer in the 5 Series and 7 Series. BMW didn’t really give out many details on the powertrain, which is fine, because it’s not really the focus here.

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Something tells me the grille will be just a bit smaller when production rolls around.


The first impression that comes from this vehicle is overwhelming size. The traditional BMW “kidney” grilles take up a sizable portion of the front bumper, and it’s only further exaggerated thanks to those headlights, which are as thin as possible. A long, single strip of chrome runs the whole width of the rear end, and tall vertical elements on both bumpers give it a real sense of height.

The interior takes the fancy to new levels, but there are still plenty of traditional BMW design elements in there. The infotainment screen blends into the gauge cluster, and the physical switches surrounding yet another complicated shifter are par for BMW’s course. Each of the concept’s three rows features a pair of seats with a thin seat base that confers additional legroom. Most of the roof is glass, and just about everything is covered in some mixture of leather, wood and aluminum.

Even though it’s a concept, the rear-seat entertainment screens pack plenty of connected tech. Rear seat occupants can access personalized digital services from the screen, send their music to the car’s sound system, add directions to the navigation system or send interesting links to other screens in the car. LED lights inside the concept visualize how the information is moving between various parts of the car.

Since the devil’s in the details, keep your eyes peeled for our coverage of the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, where we’ll be able to get up close and personal with BMW’s Brobdingnagian brute.

BMW Concept X7

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Jaguar Land Rover promises all-electrified powertrains by 2020

Jaguar Land Rover is throwing its hat into the all-electric ring, promising that all new vehicles will be offered with an electrified powertrain by 2020, be it full EV, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrid.

This week the company showed off three electrified vehicles: One with vintage flair, one straight from the future and one that consumers can actually buy in 2018.


If all EVs looked like the Jaguar I-Pace we wouldn’t look at an internal combustion engine again. 


The consumer-focused Jaguar I-Pace sports dual electric motors, putting out 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The 90-kWh battery can store enough juice for 220 miles of driving. Looking a bit like an F-Pace shot with a dose of science fiction, the I-Pace cuts a strong figure and will join the Tesla Model X as the only two all-electric crossovers on the market. Yes, Chevrolet claims the Bolt is a crossover based on EPA interior measurements, but we here at Roadshow aren’t drinking that Kool-Aid.

Taking a cue from the past, the E-Type Zero is a one-off labor of love is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster. Yep, the vehicle Enzo Ferrari claimed to be “the most beautiful car in the world” now has an electric powertrain under the hood.

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The small 40-kWh battery can only provide enough juice for 170 miles of driving, but who cares when the electric motor produces 220 kW — 295 horsepower to us Americans — and can hit 62 miles per hour from a standstill in 5.5 seconds, a full second faster than the original E-Type. Unfortunately, this is a one-of-a-kind vehicle, so don’t expect to see the E-type Zero in dealerships (or at car shows) anytime soon.

Looking to the future of driving and car ownership, Jaguar has also developed the Future-Type concept, a vision for the electric vehicle of 2040. This perspective entails a future in which the only part of a car owned by a consumer is the steering wheel, dubbed the Sayer after Malcolm Sayer, designer of the E-type. 

Drivers can call an autonomous Future-Type to their homes when ready for a journey. The vehicle will have car-to-car communication, ensuring a safer ride and easing traffic congestion. Fortunately, Jaguar Land Rover also gives drivers the option of piloting the car themselves, once the tedious part of the journey is finished.

The Future-Type features 2+1 seating that can be configured for socializing when in autonomous mode. The renderings look a bit like, and I mean this in the best possible way, a beetle with wheels. There isn’t much of a hood to speak of, just a windshield that blends seamlessly with the roof to a sharp crease in the rear. Huge wheels flank each corner and the scissor doors top off the ultramodern look.

Jaguar Land Rover joins other manufacturers that have committed to bringing more EVs to market. Mercedes-Benz has promised 10 new electric models by 2022 while Volvo announced it would be electrifying all vehicles from 2019 onward.


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Nissan turns over a new 150-mile Leaf video

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe gets a refresh

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

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Toyota’s plans for Frankfurt go big and small at the same time

Toyota’s status as a full-line automaker means it builds vehicles of all shapes and sizes. The full breadth of Toyota’s handiwork will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and it’s got plenty of new stuff to tout.

There are two major unveils set for Toyota’s display in Frankfurt. The first is an all-new Land Cruiser, the largest SUV that Toyota makes. This rugged, near-six-figure behemoth is comfortable on the road and capable once the vehicle heads off the beaten path.

The current model is rather old, though — even though it was given a light redesign in 2016, its underlying structure is nearly a decade old, and its features lag behind less expensive competitors like GM’s full-size SUV lineup.

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Toyota’s C-HR Hy-Power teaser tells us that… um… it will have a bumper. 


Toyota’s other major debut in Frankfurt will be the C-HR Hy-Power concept. Designed by Toyota’s European studio, this concept promises an emphasis on “the new crossover’s emotional and powerful look.” It will also preview an expansion of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain. That likely alludes to a plug-in hybrid system, as a standard hybrid version of the C-HR crossover is already sold in Europe.

Whether big or small, Toyota’s got something for you in Frankfurt. We’ll be on the ground during the press days on September 12 and 13, so keep your eyes peeled for more information on both the aforementioned models.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser

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2018 Kia Rio proves cheap cars can be really good

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/pictures/2018-kia-rio-proves-cheap-cars-can-be-really-good/#ftag=CAD7f780fb