BMW reveals new X5 SUV

BMW reveals new X5 SUV

Only days after teasing pictures of its fourth-generation X5 crossover in the ubiquitous black and white camouflage, BMW has now released a set of images showing the new X5 in all its unclothed glory.

Engine choices - like the launch timeline - will be market-specific, but BMW has announced the line up nevertheless: new V8 petrol, and inline six petrol and diesel units. It looks most different than the 2018 - and more rugged - in the front, with a larger version of the kidney grille (now more like two pieces of toast), slimmer adaptive LED headlights, and a more sculpted hood and bumper.

It's obviously not apparent from images, but the new X5 is also larger than its predecessor, but not by much. Ambient lighting is standard.

However, despite those increases in its exterior dimensions, the 2019 X5 has the same trunk capacity of 645 liters as the outgoing third-generation X5, which can rise to as much as 1860 liters when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded away.

Borrowing its powertrains from the latest 5-Series, the 2019 BMW X5 will eventually offer a range of 2.0-liter four, 3.0-liter straight-six and 4.4-liter eight-cylinder turbocharged gasoline units, alongside 2.0-liter four and 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo diesels.


Viewed by Driver in an engineering workshop at BMW's Spartanburg factory in the USA, where the new model will once again be exclusively produced alongside the X3, X4, X6 and upcoming X7, the new X5 is larger than its predecessor in every vital dimension. The multimedia system also has the familiar iDrive controller on the console and voice control. The extra-cost Active Driving Assistant Professional promises Level 2-grade autonomy that uses the vehicle's computers and sensors to steer, accelerate, and brake with no driver intervention for short periods.

A bundle of digital services including remote services, concierge services and real-time traffic information, will come standard on the redesigned X5 for four years. The BMW app allows the usual remote commands, plus importing of appointments and destinations into the navigation system. Customers can also upgrade the switchgear to glass controls and spring for a Bowers & Wilkins 20-speaker, 1500 watt stereo. BMW says it will propel the roughly two-and-a-half-ton X5 to 60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds. Also making its debut is the new 4.4-litre V8 engine that is tuned for 456 bhp and 650 Nm of peak torque, capable of sprinting from 0-100 kmph in 4.6 seconds.

Both engines are hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

For those wanting to venture off the tar, the X5 will be available with an Off-Road package for the first time, featuring the aforementioned air suspension with 80mm worth of ride height variance, front and rear underguards and multiple driving modes that optimise the vehicle's systems for sand, rock, gravel or snow driving.

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