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GERMANY: BMW plans new cars

By just-auto.com editorial team | 7 August 2000

BMW is planning a new generation of X-vehicle behind closed doors to lead an assault within the 4-x-4 car market sector, say US media sources (5/8/00).

The German auto-maker is said to creating a 3-series size off-road model in 2004, with a 7-series model a year later. Design work is being carried out at the Design Works center, California, and the styling studio in Munich, Germany.

The X3, available in a choice of 4- and 6- cylinder engines, will have four-wheel drive and electronic systems to optimise off-road ability as standard.

The X7 model, which will be offered in V-8, V-12 gasoline and V-8 super-diesel engines, will have adjustable air suspension and technology from the next-generation Range Rover, which the German car maker is obliged to do as part of its agreement with Ford.

BMW is also developing an X5 pick-up specifically for the US market, say the reports, alongside sports versions of the X5.