The third-generation BMW X5 has been unveiled today with an evolutionary styling, better equipment and improved fuel efficiency.
Headlining the makeover is a twin circular headlight unit that now extends into the BMW kidney grille. The stretched silhouette features a swage line over the athletically moulded wheel arches, while horizontal lines and taut surfaces wraps up the rear.
The car’s aerodynamic properties have also been integrated successfully into its overall design, including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and Aero Blades for the rear window.
Inside, the low-set instrument panel with horizontal lines extends into the door trim, while automatic tailgate is now standard.
Three engines are available at launch – the BMW X5 xDrive50i with a new generation of 330kW/650Nm V8 petrol engine, the BMW X5 xDrive30d with a revised 190kW/560Nm six-cylinder in-line diesel and the BMW X5 M50d M Performance with a 280kW/740Nm tri-turbo six-cylinder in-line diesel.
All models are fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard driving all four wheels (except BMW X5 sDrive25d). Electric power steering and a Driving Experience Control for adaptive damping are also standard. Active steering is optional.
The range will be joined in December 2013 by the BMW X5 xDrive40d, xDrive35i, xDrive25d and sDrive25d.
Fuel saving technologies like Auto Start Stop function, ECO PRO mode including coasting function and Proactive Driving Assistant are also on offer.
Available as part of the BMW ConnectedDrive range are BMW Head-up Display, BMW Night Vision with human and animal detection and Dynamic Light Spot, Lane Change Warning, Speed Limit Info, Driving Assistant including Lane Departure Warning, plus Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with braking function, Traffic Jam Assistant with active speed and steering angle control without driver input and an extensive range of mobility and internet-based services.
The all-new third-generation BMW X5 will arrive in local showrooms in the last quarter of 2013, with pricing and specifications announced closer to launch.
BMW X5 xDrive50i:
Engine: 4,395cc V8 twin-turbocharged petrol with direct injection and VALVETRONIC
Output: 330kW@5,500rpm, 650Nm@2,000-4,500rpm
Performance: 0-100km/h in 5.0 seconds, Top speed: 250km/h
Fuel consumption: 10.4 – 10.5L/100km
BMW X5 xDrive30d:
Engine: 2,993cc In-line six-cylinder turbocharged diesel
Output: 190kW@4,000rpm, 560Nm@1,500-3,000rpm
Performance: 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds, Top speed: 230km/h
Fuel consumption: 6.2L/100km
BMW X5 M50d:
Engine: 2,993cc In-line six-cylinder tri-turbo diesel
Output: 280kW@4,000-4,400rpm, 740Nm@2,000-3,000rpm
Performance: 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds, Top speed: 250km/h
Fuel consumption: 6.7L/100km