The fourth generation of the BMW X5 impresses with its wealth of innovations and represents the most compelling embodiment yet of the familiar SAV blueprint.
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 twoaxle 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.
Inside the new BMW X5, the clear structure of the instrument panel and centre console radiates a feeling of space. The raised seating position, a new design for the instrument cluster and Control Display, and the cutting-edge display and control concept optimise the driver’s ability to maintain control over the vehicle. The front and rear occupants all enjoy ample accommodation amid an exclusive ambience. The carefully selected materials in the interior include the new Vernasca variant for the standard leather upholstery. Other new features designed to maximise well-being on board the BMW X5 include multifunction seats, cooled/heated cupholders, the Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, Dynamic Interior Light, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System (expected to be available from 12/2018), the Rear-seat entertainment Professional system with 10.2-inch touchscreen display (expected to be available from 12/2018) and glass applications for selected controls. Folding down the 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 645 litres to a maximum 1,860 litres. A third row of seats for two additional passengers can be ordered as an option (expected to be available from 12/2018). The new BMW X5 also has a two-section tailgate for ease of loading. If the optional Comfort Access is specified, both sections can be opened and closed automatically and hands-free. The optional two-axle air suspension allows the loading sill to be lowered. And the boot cover can now be lowered electrically into the load compartment floor (expected to be available from 12/2018).
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 eightcylinder unit under the bonnet of the BMW X5 xDrive50i (not available in Europe; fuel consumption combined: 11.6 l/100 km [24.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 264 g/km; provisional values) delivers maximum output of 340 kW/462 hp and peak torque of 650 Nm (479 lb-ft). And the new BMW X5 xDrive40i (fuel consumption combined: 8.8 – 8.5 l/100 km [32.1 – 33.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 200 – 193 g/km; provisional values) is powered by a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine developing a maximum 250 kW/340 hp and peak torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). A quartet of turbochargers allow the six-cylinder in-line diesel engine fitted in the new BMW X5 M50d (fuel consumption combined: 7.2 – 6.8 l/100 km [39.2 – 41.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 190 – 179 g/km; provisional values) to produce maximum output of 294 kW/400 hp, while peak torque of 760 Nm (560 lb-ft) 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 (fuel consumption combined: 6.8 – 6.0 l/100 km [41.5 – 47.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 179 – 158 g/km; provisional values), in this case developing 195 kW/265 hp and peak torque
of 620 Nm (457 lb-ft).