The fourth generation of the BMW X5 represents the embodiment of a familiar Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) with the ability to venture off road combined with dynamic driving pleasure.
The BMW X5 will be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US. Its worldwide market launch will begin in November 2018.
The new V8 engine in the BMW X5 xDrive50i (not available in Europe) and a host of chassis systems making their debut in a BMW X model, such as two-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering and the Off-Road package. The highlights of its significantly expanded suite of driver assistance systems are the Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assistant.
In addition, the new BMW X5 hosts the unveiling of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional (fitted as standard), which allows the display and control system to be geared even more precisely to individual driver needs.
A wheelbase 42 mm longer than its predecessor’s (now 2,975 millimetres), a 36 mm increase in vehicle length (to 4,922 millimetres), an extra 66 mm of width (now 2,004 millimetres) and a 19 mm increase in height (to 1,745 millimetres) give the new BMW X5 both an imposing appearance. 22-inch light-alloy wheels will be offered (as an option) – a first for a BMW model.
Folding down the 40 : 20 : 40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 645 litres to a maximum 1,860 litres. A third row of seats for two additional passengers can be ordered as an option. The optional two-axle air suspension allows the loading sill to be lowered and the boot cover can now be lowered electrically into the load compartment floor.
The new BMW X5 will be available from launch with a choice of one V8 and three six-cylinder in-line engines. All options will be teamed up with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and will meet the EU6d-TEMP exhaust standard.
The task of maximising traction, agility and directional stability in the new BMW X5 falls to its intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The latest generation of BMW xDrive is now able to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels even more efficiently as the situation demands. The SAV comes as standard with Dynamic Damper Control.
The driver assistance systems available for the new BMW X5 are Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, the Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection and evasion aid, Crossing traffic warning, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning.
The new BMW Operating System 7.0 display and control concept is making its debut in this latest generation of the BMW X5. The BMW Connected personal mobility assistant is on hand to provide seamless connectivity between the car and digital devices. The new BMW X5 is also the brand’s first model that can be unlocked by the BMW Digital Key via a smartphone.