A few days ago BMW teased us with a video and pics of its new X5 undergoing final testing. You can take a look by clicking here.
BMW’s fourth-generation X5 has just been unveiled by the German company earlier today. The all-new model, which will be produced at BMW’s Spartanburg (USA) plant, will go on sale from November 2018.
As you can see the appearance is not a marked departure from the third generation model that it replaces. The new X5 is, however, 36 mm longer, 66 mm wider and 19 mm taller than its predecessor. An additional 42 mm has been added to the wheelbase taking it up to 2 975 mm.
At the time of launch later this year the new BMW X5 will be available with four engine options. Two petrol variants are on offer: a newly developed V8 petrol engine with 340 kW will be badged xDrive50i, and a six-cylinder inline petrol engine with 250 kW is dubbed the xDrive40i. Two six-cylinder inline diesel engines, one with 294 kW (M50d) and a 195 kW unit called xDrive30d are the oil-burning options.
Eight-speed Steptronic transmissions are fitted as standard as is all-wheel drive. The redesigned system has rear-wheel bias as standard. A rear differential lock provides enhanced agility, traction and directional stability when accelerating out of corners and in other dynamic driving situations.
This fourth generation X5 is the first X model with an optional off-road package. This package includes air suspension front and rear, a bash plate at the front and rear, plus specific displays in the instrument cluster. The air suspension offers ride height adjustment of up to 80 mm.
Drivers can choose between four driving modes available at the touch of a button. Ride height and the responses of the all-wheel-drive system, DSC, the transmission and the accelerator mapping are adjusted to give an ideal set-up for driving on sand, rock, gravel or snow.
As expected the new X5 is luxurious inside with a leather-covered interior and high-tech electronics. Standard leather trim is called Vernasca and optional BMW Individual Merino, both available in a choice of four colours.
A colour touchscreen display, rotary controller, voice control and BMW gesture control are the main forms of driver/machine interface.
An optional third row of seats offers seating for two more; comfortable entry and exit thanks to electrically forward-tilting second-row seats.
Two-piece split tailgate, hands-free opening and closing of both sections with optional Comfort Access.
Plenty of options
New owners can choose from a whole host of options including: multifunction seats with massage function, four-zone automatic climate control, heated armrests, cooled/heated cupholders in the centre console, panorama glass roof, interior fragrancing, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system and rear-seat entertainment professional system with 10,2-inch touchscreen display to keep the kids busy on long trips.
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