BMW introduced its first X5 luxury SUV in 1999. Two generations and 1.3-million vehicles later, it is about to launch an all-new third-generation X5.
For the first time, the traditionally all-wheel-drive lineup will also include a rear-wheel-drive model – the X5 sDrive35i.
It, along with the X5 xDrive35i, will be powered by BMW’s 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo inline-six. The X5 xDrive50i model will use BMW’s latest 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V-8, which offers increased power and torque, along with improved fuel-efficiency.
All models will be equipped with BMW’s latest eight-speed automatic transmission and they will be produced exclusively in the U.S., at BMW’s production facility in Spartanburg, SC.
Customers wanting to add individuality to their new X5 will be able to choose from new Luxury Line, xLine or M Sport packages, similar to those offered in the new 5-Series, as well as two Interior Design Packages – Ivory White and Mocha.
The xDrive models also offer Dynamic Performance Control as part of the optional Dynamic Handling Package. It includes Active Roll Stabilization providing an additional edge to the X5’s handling attributes as well as Dynamic Damper Control and a rear-axle air suspension.
Adaptive M suspension, available as part of the M Sport package, also includes Dynamic Damper Control and rear air suspension with more sports-oriented suspension tuning.
The proportions of the new SUV are defined by a short front overhang, long wheelbase, upright A-pillars and a short couple distance between the front axle and the leading edge of the front door.
The front bumper’s X-shaped contour lines identify it as a member of the BMW X model family.
Drag-reducing Air Curtains – vertical apertures that guide incoming air around the wheel arches – make their debut on a BMW X model. They creates a curtain of air over the wheels before making a controlled escape through Air Breathers in the side of the front fenders.
Inside, standard Poplar Wood Trim sits atop a high-gloss black surface, which is bordered on its lower edge by an accent strip in Pearl Gloss Chrome.
Dakota leather seat surfaces are standard on the X5 xDrive50i and can be specified as an option on six-cylinder models. Exclusive Nappa leather with extended features can be specified as part of the Interior Design Packages and customers can choose from up to eight upholstery colors.
For the first time, the tailgate can be closed as well as opened using the remote control and, at the touch of a button, from the driver’s seat.
Standard BMW EfficientDynamics features include Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start/Stop, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, and a variety of weight- and drag-reducing features.
A new Active Driving Assistant safety package includes Lane Departure Warning, which alerts drivers to an imminent unintended lane departure, and a pedestrian and collision warning system with braking function, which detects vehicles in front and, at speeds up to 60 km/h.
It also detects pedestrians who are on a potential collision course with the vehicle. If a hazard is detected, visual and audible warnings are given and the brake system is primed in order to reduce stopping distance.
At speeds up to 60 km/h, moderate "hazard" braking is applied to reduce vehicle speed and alert the driver to a critical situation.
An ACC Stop & Go system enhances comfort and safety in slow-moving and stop-and-go traffic. This system maintains a safe following distance at any speed up to 210 km/h.
A combination of a front camera and full-range radar sensors registers preceding traffic or stationary vehicles. If the driver fails to react to a warning of an imminent frontal collision, ACC Stop & Go Active Driving Assistant automatically brakes the vehicle all the way to a standstill if necessary.
A new function, the Traffic Jam Assistant, is due to be incorporated in this package from December 2013 production onward. At speeds up to 40 km/h, it not only controls following distance but also keeps the vehicle in the centre of its lane by providing active steering input.
Adaptive Xenon Headlights with turning lights are standard and adaptive LED Headlights and Automatic High Beams, which automatically dim the high beams in the face of oncoming traffic, are available.
Night driving can be made even safer with an available Night Vision system, which warns the driver not only about pedestrians but animals as well. It relays a real-time video image to the control display which shows people, sizeable animals and other heat-radiating objects even if they are outside the headlight beam, and provides a warning if there is a collision risk.
A full-colour Head-Up Display projects important information onto the windshield, as well as telephone contact lists and entertainment programs, directly in the driver’s direct field of view.
Also due to become available by December 2013, is the latest generation of the BMW Parking Assistant, which helps the driver look for suitable parallel parking spaces and precisely maneuvers the vehicle into a parking space, using steering, accelerator and brake pedal and selecting the appropriate gear.