With the fourth generation BMW X5 in production, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate the legacy of this legendary model and take a sneak peek at what you can look forward to in the latest model.


We all know the luxury SUV market has some stiff competitors with even exotic luxury brands coming to the table, but there’s one reason the BMW X5 holds a special place and will always be the unspoken boss – after all it founded the segment.

THE BENCHMARK.

Back in 1999, SUVs were just big, cumbersome vehicles but when the X5 launched, it introduced style, aerodynamics, suspension and power – with sedan-like handling in the SUV segment. It was a game-changer, so it isn’t hard to see why over 2 million have been built to date with demand increasing every year.

While it may have changed through the generations with added features and innovations, it still remains the pinnacle of Luxury SUVs – and the fourth generation BMW X5 looks set to defend its title.

IN CHARGE.

The latest BMW X5 will be significantly larger than its predecessor with its length increased by 36 mm to 4,922 mm, width by 66 mm to 2,004 mm and height by 19 mm to 1,745 mm. The wheelbase has also extended by 42 mm to 2,975 millimetres giving it an even more authoritative presence on the road. Powerfully sculpted surfaces and precise lines lead the eye to the large BMW kidney grille with a one-piece surround. Added to the dynamic roofline and rear lights with a three-dimensional form – the fourth generation BMW X5 cannot help but dominate.

TECHNOLOGY IN MOTION.

In line with the BMW groupwide commitment to autonomous driving, the latest BMW X5 brings us one step closer to being driven. From the Parking Assist to the new Reversing Assist which can take over steering and manoeuvring over a distance of up to 50 metres – the drive experience has never been smoother. Dynamic Damper Control with electronically controlled dampers will also come as standard with new chassis systems available for the first time in a BMW X model.  It’s also the debut appearance of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional display and control concept (fitted as standard).

 

FUNCTIONAL LUXURY.

The interior of the new BMW X5 will feature Vernasca leather upholstery as standard with 4 additional BMW Individual extended ‘Merino’ leather trim options. There will also be electrically adjustable and heated sports seats (optionally) – with the option to specify multifunctional seats with massage function. Other options include Four-zone automatic climate control (standard on M50d), heated armrests, cooled/heated cup holders in the centre console (standard on all models), Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge with a 23% larger glass surface and an Ambient Air package for interior fragrancing.

The new BMW X5 will also offer enhanced functionality. Folding down the 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 650 litres to a maximum 1,860 litres – with a two-section tailgate for ease of loading. There will also be a potential seven seater option with the third row offering more legroom and comfort.

POWER AND CAPABILITY.

The latest BMW X5 will be released in a diesel variant first, including an M Performance model.

The BMW X5 xDrive30d will be powered by a straight-six diesel engine, this time with displacement of 3.0 litres. Maximum output of 195 kW is reached at 4,000 rpm, while the 620 Nm of peak torque can be summoned from 2,000 – 2,500 rpm. The power unit in the new BMW X5 xDrive30d also strikes an impressive balance between brawn and efficiency. Capable of reaching the 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds, while maintaining an impressive combined fuel consumption figure of just 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Like its predecessors, the BMW X5 will be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US. It enjoyed its World Premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October and is expected to be available in the country around the end of 2018 – giving you an opportunity to join the legacy.

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