The year of the BMW X model is about to hit another highpoint.
Following the market launch of the first BMW X2, a new edition of the original BMW X model is now ready for action.
The fourth generation of the BMW X5 impresses with its wealth of innovations and represents the most compelling embodiment yet of the familiar Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) blueprint: the ability to venture off road combined with a talent for dynamic driving pleasure on it.
Like its predecessors, the BMW X5 will be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US. Its worldwide market launch will begin in November 2018.
The new V8 engine in the BMW X5 xDrive50i (not available in Europe) and a host of chassis systems making their debut in a BMW X model – such as two axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering and the Off-Road package enhance the car’s versatility, dynamic ability and comfort levels.
The highlights of its significantly expanded suite of driver assistance systems, meanwhile, are the Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assistant.
In addition, the new BMW X5 hosts the unveiling of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional (fitted as standard), which allows the display and control system to be geared even more precisely to individual driver needs.
A wheelbase 42 mm longer than its predecessor’s (now 2,975 millimetres), a 36 mm increase in vehicle length (to 4,922 millimetres), an extra 66 mm of width (now 2,004 millimetres) and a 19 mm increase in height (to 1,745 millimetres) give the new BMW X5 both an imposing appearance and enviable interior space.
The latest X5 retains the hallmark proportions of an SAV, but its pared-back design language – clean surfacing and precise lines accentuating the car’s robustness, poise and authority – is new.
The most striking feature of the front end is the large BMW kidney grille with single-piece surround.
The new BMW X5 comes as standard with LED headlights, while BMW Laserlight with Adaptive LED Headlights can be specified as an option to optimise the high beam function.
The precise character line in the car’s flanks, which rises up at the rear door, is key to the modern appearance of the new X5.
It also defines the car’s strikingly powerful shoulders and feeds into the rear lights (likewise LED units), which extend well into the flanks. The three-dimensional design of their glass covers lends the rear lights a sculpted, technical edge.
Distinctive interior and exterior design features mark out the xLine and M Sport model variants of the new X5. 22 inch light-alloy wheels will be offered (as an option) – a first for a BMW model.
And the new BMW X5 will also be available from launch with model-specific options from BMW Individual.
The new BMW X5 will be available from launch with a choice of one V8 and three six-cylinder in-line engines.
All will team up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission offering optimised efficiency and shift dynamics, and all meet the EU6d-TEMP exhaust standard.
The newly developed eight cylinder unit under the bonnet of the BMW X5 xDrive50i delivers maximum output of 340 kW and peak torque of 650 Nm.
And the new BMW X5 xDrive40i is powered by a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine developing a maximum 250 kW and peak torque of 450 Nm.
A quartet of turbochargers allow the six-cylinder in-line diesel engine fitted in the new BMW X5 M50d to produce maximum output of 294 kW, while peak torque of 760 Nm means the BMW M Performance model can call on a particularly forceful wave of power.
The BMW X5 xDrive30d also comes with a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, in this case developing 195 kW and peak torque of 620 Nm.