BMW has set its sight on the versatile Range Rover Sport with the new generation X5, which has been unveiled today as the most off-road capable X5 ever.
Set for Australian launch by year end, the all-new 2019 BMW X5 is has also grown in all dimensions. The wheelbase is 42 mm longer than its predecessor’s (now 2,975 mm), while the length, width and height have increased 36mm (to 4,922 mm), 66mm (to 2,004 mm) and 19mm respectively (to 1,745 mm).
Styling wise, the latest X5 retains the hallmark proportions of an SUV, but its pared-back design language boasts clean surfacing and precise lines accentuating the car’s robustness, poise and authority.
The highlight of the new front fascia is the large BMW kidney grille with single-piece surround. The new 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.
Down the sides, the character line in the X5’s flanks rises up at the rear door to define the car’s powerful shoulders and feed into the rear lights which boast three-dimensional glass covers.
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 cabin has been totally redesigned with structured instrument panel and centre console that radiate a sense of space. 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, the Rear-seat entertainment Professional system with 10.2-inch touchscreen display 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. The new X5 also has a two-section tailgate for ease of loading.
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 transmission offering optimised efficiency and shift dynamics.
The newly developed twin-turbo V8 unit under the bonnet of the X5 xDrive50i delivers maximum output of 340 kW/462 hp and peak torque of 650 Nm (479 lb-ft). And the new X5 xDrive40i is powered by a six-cylinder in-line turbo 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 X5 M50d to produce maximum output of 294 kW/400 hp, accompanied with a peak torque of 760 Nm (560 lb-ft).
The BMW X5 xDrive30d also comes with a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, in this case developing 195 kW/265 hp and peak torque of 620 Nm (457 lb-ft).
The task of maximising traction, agility and directional stability in the new BMW X5 falls to its rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. The latest generation of BMW xDrive is now able to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels even more efficiently as the situation demands.
Full pricing and specification for the new 2019 BMW X5 will be released closer to local launch.