BMW X models are BMW’s SUV options. They didn’t just materialize into the full, extensive lineup we see today, but started out from humble beginnings to grow into what it is now. From sedans, coupes and performance models and now to SUVs, BMW is proving that there’s few vehicle types that aren’t made better with the BMW touch of luxury, performance and style. Read on with us at Edmonton BMW as we take you through its history, spanning the first BMW X model to what the line has become in 2019!
The Start of BMW X Series
The BMW X series all began with the purchase of Land Rover by BMW in 1994. This purchase aided them in creating the first entrant in the now storied BMW X series, the X5. BMW’s first sports utility vehicle made a splash with its four-wheel drive and smooth ride, but some criticized its look and capability features. As BMW often does, that only provided room for advancement, thus the X5 4.6is was introduced with a sportier style and later received a 4.8L N62 engine, boosting its worldwide popularity. This success was all the catalyst BMW needed to launch full-force into their luxury SUV division.
BMW X Series Through the Years
2003 saw the X3 enter the BMW X lineup, a compact SUV crossover that only built upon, and made better, the foundations of the X vehicles. The X3 also brought with it the birth of BMW’s xDrive system, a combatant to those who didn’t think the X series to be all that off-road ready. Production began in 2007 on the X6, which was a new landmark in BMW’s X line as a blend of an SUV and coupe, combining both power and style of these two differing vehicle types into one. In 2009, the BMW X models became so popular that BMW produced M performance variants of them, further cementing their powerful legacy. Since then, BMW has worked consistently on not only improving each BMW X model, but also diversifying the entire lineup.
BMW X Series Now
Nowadays, there’s nine different BMW X models for you to choose from. Ranging from BMW X1-7, along with the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M for your performance needs. Unfortunately for some (and being in Edmonton we can attest to it) it’s not always practical to have a coupe or sedan when the weather often makes roads unpredictable. Along with wanting to take your vehicle off-road, that’s why BMW developed this series and continues to fortify it to this day. It’s the same BMW luxury, style and attention-to-detail bred out of the cars you grew up loving, inside of a more pragmatic body. From simple beginnings, to a luxury lineup consistently outmatching its SUV segment competitors, the BMW X series is a now a BMW cornerstone.