2001: The new Mini reaches Australia.
2000 July 1: The deal is completed; Ford takes control of Land Rover.
2000 March: BMW plans to
1999 (late): BMW X5 4x4 release in the USA. BMW is said to be working on smaller `X3' and larger `X7' 4x4s, the latter drawing on the next range Rover.
1999: Stories of a 4x4 `X3', based on the
3-series 4x2 cars and similar in concept to the X5, are
1998: BMW has been developing a 4WD, wanting to compete with the likes of the Mercedes Benz M-class but without killing off its own Range Rover acquisition. The BMW X5 4x4 is likely to go on sale in 1999 / 2000 powered by petrol engines up to a 4.4L V8 or diesels. It is a more car-based vehicle than the Range Rover, with independent suspension and without a two-ratio transfer case (although automatic transmission compensates for such a lack going up hill, provided that electronic gadgetry (HDC and ABS) can compensate going down hill in the rough). The obvious question now is: what, if anything, will any replacement Range Rover III share with the X5?1994: BMW bought Rover, and hence Land Rover / Range Rover from British Aerospace (BAe), sparking speculation about what it might do in the 4WD stakes with and/or to Rover. An immediate benefit, actually it was already in use, was the option of the 2.5L 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine in the Range Rover, Rover's own 4-cylinder Tdi being deemed insufficiently refined for the job.
Since then there have been rumours as to whether a BMW V8, one with overhead cams, might replace the Rover push-rod V8 as the petrol option. Again, when the Range Rover II is replaced, will it be with some sort of rebadged BMW 4x4?
BMW has made "soft" four wheel drive
versions of some of its "car" station wagons,
but not a full-on four wheel drive.
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