BMW is preparing to recreate its entire X family and the new-generation X5 is only part of the job. The BMW X5 was first launched in 1999, and 13 years later, it’s getting ready to enter its third generation to help keep up with the changing times. As no surprise the third generation X5 features an evolutionary design language, closely related to the model it replaces, but with some elements borrowed from the recently announced X3 and X1 models.
These updates will include a more prominent grille, an aerodynamic front bumper and optional LED adaptive headlights. The new X5 was also slightly increased in dimensions so it offers more interior room and a more accommodating boot. For the interior BMW also focused on improving the comfort level and added higher quality materials.
When looking at the new BMW X5 it won’t be very difficult to recognize it and that’s because it features pretty much the same design language as the previous generation with only a few minor improvements.
Up front it gets a broad-set kidney grille that extends all the way to the headlight clusters, a new set of four round headlights trimmed by LED accent rings and numerous chrome inserts. BMW also installed a new front apron with the air intakes positioned in the outer edges. From here you will see the same familiar BMW swage lines, going all the way to the door pulls and into the tail lights.
For the rear the model addopted the usual L-shaped taillights and, as a first for a BMW model it comes with Aero Blades - black air-channelling elements that are contiguous with the roof spoiler and help it to optimize the car’s aerodynamic properties.
For the exterior customers can choose between eleven paits, including a new Sparkling Brown Metallic and Mineral White Metallic.
For the interior BMW opted for higher quality materials and a general improvement of the comfort level. There is a standard Poplar Wood Trim combined with a high-gloss black surface. For the U.S. market BMW is offering standard BMW system, with touchpad, a freestanding 10.2-inch Control Display Monitor. Also, as standard feature the new X5 is offering Dakota leather seat surfaces and exclusive Nappa leather.
At launch the third generation BMW X5 will be offered with a choice of three engines. The X5 sDrive35i and X5 xDrive35i models will be offered with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine with a total output of 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. This engine is equipped with turbocharging, High Precision direct fuel injection and Valvetronic variable intake technology. The xDrive35i will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than previous version.
Top version is the X5 xDrive 50i. It is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine (N63) that delivers a total of 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. This version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds - or 0.4 seconds faster than its predecesor.
There is also a diesel version, the X5 xDrive35d. It is powered by a 3.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 255 horsepower and maximum torque of 413 pound-feed delivered between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. This version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds.
The three engines will be combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a new function called ECO PRO that accelerates response and transmission characteristics.
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