The German automaker created the term SAV to refer to the X Series capable of multi-terrain, sporty but still luxurious and spacious.
Over the decades, BMW has built a reputation in the world auto industry with luxury sedans or powerful sports cars. In the SUV segment, the German automaker entered the scene about 20 years ago, with the 1999 X5. However, from then on, BMW often played the role of a trendsetter.
In the context that SUVs have had times of declining sales due to rising gasoline / oil prices, manufacturers have come up with many ways to help cars save fuel but still keep power and performance. When automakers were looking to increase their product identity, BMW introduced the term SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) to the market.
The X5 is one of a series of vehicles that explores the new concept of BMW. SAVs are cars that can operate well on many terrains, while providing flexible use space and still keeping the qualities of a sports car. The SAV members of the X Series family make a certain impact on the SUV segment, causing other automakers to have to calculate the competitive product.
In its efforts in the small SUV segment, BMW has made many improvements to the 2017 X1 model. BMW’s SAV offers a driving experience that is different from competitors in the same segment. X1 has many engine options, the most powerful version is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0 I4 engine, with a capacity of 231 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque.
At a higher level than the X1, BMW has the X3. This SAV is in its 3rd generation, launched in June 2017. According to many car reviewers, the X3 is one of the best products in its segment, possessing an eye-catching design and high performance. The most advanced version is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 engine, with a capacity of 360 horsepower, paired with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, the famous xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Spacious car cabin space for 5 people, with high-class entertainment features. In addition, the X3’s storage capacity scores with many people when the maximum capacity reaches 1,600 liters.
X3 has top sales in the mid-size luxury SUV segment, where there are many other models such as Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC. Since the launch of the first generation in 2003, the BMW X3 has sold more than 1.6 million vehicles globally.
Meanwhile, the BMW X5 has maintained its influence with its competitors over the past two decades. With typical features of SAV, X5 owns a spacious cabin for 7 people, has a series of high-end features, many luxury equipment options. SAV series usually owns powerful engines, flexible operation. The most powerful X5 version uses a V8 engine with a capacity of 462 horsepower.
The X7, the largest vehicle in BMW’s SAV family, debuted at the end of 2018. BMW’s flagship SAV is equipped with the most luxurious and advanced features in the X Series product range. The large SAV has the option of the most powerful 4.4 V8 engine, with a capacity of 462 hp and 650 Nm of torque.