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Old 05-31-2013, 04:29 AM
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Kinda weird at the rear end, but over all still good...I still prefer E53 design until now.
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Wait is the useless 3rd row gone?
Nope. From press release: The rear comfort seats can be specified either as an individual option or together with the optional third row of seats.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:40 AM
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....They needed to do better with the rear quarter....
I agree. The E70 has a much sportier and cleaner "D" Pillar behind the "Hofmeister" kink.

The F15's rear window is more upright and BWM tried to hide this by painting part of the panel (the plastic wrap around roof spoiler) partially in black.

It reminds me a little of the Mercedes ML "D" pillar profile. Which to me isn't a pretty looking SUV.
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I find the interior color choices to be bizarre, and the grill too high

In one of the videos the seats are mocha brown with very strange stitching in the middle of the seat (Nappa instead of Dakota leather?), the b pillar below the door line and the dash are all black, and the headliner is tan (or grey).

Just a morass of colors that not only don't go together, but looks patch worked and down market.

I'm no colorologist (?) but it doesn't look good, professional, or BMW-like.

The front end grill area (when viewed straight on) looks like it is too high, like there is no downward slope at all or the air intake under the grill is too large, which is forcing the grill to appear higher on the face of the car.

We will all probably grow to like it over time, but man, right now, not liking it, and I was pretty sure I was going to buy one of the early ones.

And why did they choose a brown car for the press shots? I apologize if anyone has a brown car, but why not choose black, or silver? Colors to which people typically gravitate.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:39 PM
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The F15's rear window is more upright and BWM tried to hide this by painting part of the panel (the plastic wrap around roof spoiler) partially in black.
It's tough to say without seeing it, but the more upright rear window should yield more usable cargo space. The E70 holds less than it would seem because of the angle of the rear window, and closing the hatch can be a concern when trying to pack things in. I don't have a 3rd row seat, but maybe there will be more usable space for that as well.

Whether true or not, BMW does try to justify the black plastic pieces:

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Plus, the new BMW X5 is the brandís first model to feature Aero Blades. These black air-channelling elements are contiguous with the roof spoiler and help it to optimize the carís aerodynamic properties.
I'm sure that someone will try painting these to match the body color, and it will be interesting to see what the effect is. On the darker colors I think the black plastic looks okay, and with tinted windows it should be better. I'm not as sure about it on the white car, and it could be an issue with lighter colors.
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I chuckled at "driving pleasure" and "fully functional even with 3rd row seats" on the video. We got electric steering and 3rd row suitable only for kids. But what do you expect to hear from head of advertising?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:28 PM
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I think the brown color is officially called "Poo metallic"
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:07 PM
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I doubt I'd ever buy a brown car, but in real life there are some shades that do look pretty nice. Maybe this is the "launch" color, but they should have considered that it doesn't usually look good in photos. At least it's not a nasty gold/champagne/etc. color, like the used on the E93 launch photos. That color should be restricted to Buicks and other old-people cars!
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Can BMW Individual stuff the new technology into the E53 body??? Essentially having an E70 or F15 but still looking like the E53???
Yeah, right... wishfull thinking...


the day I saw E53, like 10-15 years ago, I fell in love with it... the E39... still one of the best designed vehicles on the road... but Chris Bangle just bangled up the image... it was a downward spiraling since then....
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Well said. E53, E39... heck the old 635CSi. Man were these some great looking cars.

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Can BMW Individual stuff the new technology into the E53 body??? Essentially having an E70 or F15 but still looking like the E53???
Yeah, right... wishfull thinking...


the day I saw E53, like 10-15 years ago, I fell in love with it... the E39... still one of the best designed vehicles on the road... but Chris Bangle just bangled up the image... it was a downward spiraling since then....
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