By on June 8, 2017

2017 BMW SAV lineup - Image: BMW USALittle more than 18 months from now, BMW’s utility vehicle lineup will be dramatically altered, primed to absorb rising SUV demand in an increasingly anti-car market.

According to Australia’s Motoring, BMW will expand its entry-level utility vehicle lineup — BMW calls them SAVs — in early 2018 and the top end of the brand’s SAV lineup by late 2018.

The production BMW X2, due early next year, was previewed by the Concept X2 at 2016’s Paris auto show. BMW’s long-awaited Mercedes-Benz GLS challenger, the BMW X7, is a late-2018 arrival.

But the expansion of the BMW SAV lineup is only part of the story, as new versions of the SAVs currently sitting at the heart of BMW’s lineup will arrive in short order, as well.

Specific to the U.S. market, BMW’s largely South Carolina-built SAVs have proven to be vital components in difficult times for BMW. Through 2017’s first five months, BMW’s passenger car sales are down 15 percent, a loss of more than 11,000 sales. During the same period, however, the BMW X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6 have combined for 6,790 additional sales, a 14-percent year-over-year improvement.

BMW jumped into the SUV game with its first SAV, the X5, in 2000. The first BMW X3 arrived a little more than three years later.

According to Motoring, the third-generation BMW X3 will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show three months from now. The fourth-generation BMW X5 — the current iteration is now in its fourth model year — is due to arrive in early 2019, following the launch of the first BMW X7.

Motoring believes the X7, in some form, will also be revealed in Frankfurt later this year.BMW Concept X2 - Image: BMWAs the core elements of BMW’s SAV lineup, the X3 and X5 currently produce more than 70 percent of the brand’s U.S. SAV sales and one-third of total BMW USA sales.

Through the first five months of 2017, BMW has earned 12 percent market share in America’s luxury brand SUV/crossover market with five SAVs in the brand’s lineup. Among premium brands, only Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, both of which have seen their year-over-year SUV/crossover volume decline slightly in early 2017, sell more utility vehicles in America than BMW.

Mercedes-Benz currently has five nameplates in its SUV/crossover lineup, though the GLC and GLE have spawned one extra bodystyle each, for a total of seven Benz utility vehicles. Across two brands, Jaguar-Land Rover will also soon feature seven utility vehicle nameplates.

BMW’s CLAR platform, already the foundation for the 5 Series and 7 Series, will underpin the next generations of the X3, X4, X5, and X6, along with the first-generation BMW X7.

[Images: BMW Group]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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16 Comments on “BMW’s SUV Lineup Will Be Thoroughly Revamped And Expanded By Early 2019...”

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    As a long-time Blau mit Weiss fan (my log-in name kind of gives it away), my soul dies just a little more each time I read that BMW will bring out more SUVs (er, SAVs..whatever). Gone are the days of my beloved 2002, E30 and E36. I wonder if/when they’ll simply discontinue selling sedans, at least here in North America? Driving by the local dealership here the front row of the lot is filled with X models, while the “other” vehicles in their line up take a decidedly back seat status. I guess from a business sense, this is what people want to buy here, so BMW is all too happy to provide it to them. Yes, the enthusiast buyer is not the one paying the bills, but I do think we’re the ones that put BMW on the map.

    Sigh…now back to staring at the lovely tii picture on my office wall.

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    I completely get the market is speaking, and BMW needs to address the market.

    The issue with BMW sales go beyond the sedan is dying and clogged American roads are killing the idea of GT touring and performance model car in general.

    BMW’s differentiator was the “ultimate driving experience.” Those words meant something 15 years ago. I’ve driven a few ReachNow 330i and 330i X-Drive and you have to color me very disappointed. The interiors are certainly nice, but not BMW as I remember it nice. The steering is still Germanic and heavy, but not what it used to be. The ergonomics are quite frankly a complete trainwreck, and that wasn’t BMW period. I walk away going, “nice car, for a pseudo-rental.”

    That is BMWs biggest problem. Building vehicles that are upscale from Acura and Buick, with similar driving experiences, and charging a BMW premium, isn’t going to solve the core problem.

    Growing market share in a red ocean market isn’t always the answer, and an expanded line up to an already diluted lineup just seems like a recipe to create more customer confusion.

    • 0 avatar

      steering heavy? the last 3 series I drove had steering like a cheap Hyundai.

    • 0 avatar

      BMW interiors are nicer than they ever have been.

      It’s just that the sheetmetal has gone downhill (tho not as bad as for MB) and BMW has softened the ride, loosened the steering and made each model larger – but don’t blame them as that’s where the luxury market has been going.

      The reason why Cadillac and Jaguar sedan sales have been lagging despite outdoing BMW in the driving dynamics arena is that they sacrificed passenger room, comfort, etc. for improved handling (the ATS, CTS, XE and XF are all are cramped compared to the 3/5 Series and C/E Class).

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    Master Baiter

    Hopefully BMW will figure out how to keep the oil inside its engines rather than on my garage floor.

    My X5 is currently in the shop having the dreaded alternator bracket oil leak fixed. Another $1200 spent. This after a few grand spent last fall to fix leaks from the valve cover and timing cover gaskets.

    Still, I love the X5. It’s fast, luxurious, solid as a bank vault, and drives like a dream.

  • avatar

    The x4 and x6 suggest sedans for those who can no longer bend down. BMW is free to make whatever sells, but it’s hard to imagine a bigger parody of a once great auto maker.

  • avatar

    I wonder how the future will bode for beemer with the swing to autonomous EV.

    Volvo became irrelevant to safety while the autonomous EV would be the death of driving enthusiasm.

  • avatar

    And they’ll all still look the same. Yaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnn… Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  • avatar

    X8 and X9 coming in 3, 2, 1…

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    BMW Individual X6M x-Drive Excellence Jungfraukindermachenfuralles

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