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BMW X5 revealed; larger, more powerful than ever

BMW X5 revealed; larger, more powerful than ever BMW X5 revealed; larger, more powerful than ever
Sherri Watson | 09 June, 2018, 04:59

Two option packages-the Dynamic Handling Package and the Off-Road Package-available for an extra cost on the X5 include an electronically controlled rear differential lock to improve handling and slippery road performance. A glass panoramic roof that provides a larger view than before, and new ambient lighting for the cabin.

Launched back in 1999, the X5 served as BMW's first foray into what was to become a much crowed luxury SUV segment.

The wheel base, too, has been extended by 42mm.

The X5 was BMW's first SUV in a range that now covers six different models, with a seventh (the X7) due in a few months time.

The LED headlamps are new and come with BMW's laser light tech with adaptive LED signature in the blue X-motif.

The precise character line in the X5's flanks, which rises up at the rear door, is key to its freshened look.

Viewed by Driver in an engineering workshop at BMW's Spartanburg factory in the U.S., 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 new model has been lengthened by 3.6 cm (1.4 in), widened by 6.6 cm (2.6 in) and stands 1.9 cm (0.74 in) taller than its predecessor, with overall dimensions of 492 x 200 x 174 cm (193 x 79 x 68.5 in). BMW will offer several trim packages, including xLine and M Sport, but we'll be able to personalise the vehicle's appearance through the BMW Individual program.

The new generation BMW X5 features a more evolved styling over its predecessor with distinctly larger proportions. Core to this is BMW's next generation iDrive system sat on a larger 12.3-inch display. The 40i's turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six now puts out 335 horsepower, up from 300. Should you need to carry more than five people, you'll be happy to hear third-row seating will be available as an option to turn the X5 into a more family-friendly seven-seat SUV. 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.

The engine line-up for the new X5 at the start of production includes two petrol and two diesel units.

The diesels are underpinned by a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder touting xDrive30d, which offers 195kW and 620Nm.

As with today's X5, all models come as standard with an eight-speed torque converter equipped automatic gearbox and BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system.

BMW has achieved these numbers by turbocharging the 3-litre diesel six with a total of four turbochargers, making this the only engine now in series production to share its turbo count with a Bugatti Chiron.