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Third generation BMW X5 unleashed

Published by on May 31, 2013 in News Leave a comment

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Perhaps one of this year’s most anticipated new model, the 2014 BMW X5 marks the debut of the third generation for one of the most popular SUVs in the world, which sold more than 1.3 million in the 14 years that passed since its debut. According to BMW, the X5 is the world’s best selling model in the class it created, Sports Activity Vehicles. This is actually only a semantic issue, since the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which is considered X5’s main competitor alongside the Audi Q7 is an SUV, not an SAV.

So let’s see what the third-generation BMW X5 brings new:

Exterior

Aesthetically, the new BMW X5 represents an evolution in the model’s design, but it also manages to keep some of the design features present ever since the first model was launched. For example, the fog lights are closer to the headlights than on the second generation, similar to what we saw on the first generation. However, the grille got bigger (it’s the biggest so far) and the air intakes in the front bumper seem to be heavily inspired from the ones on the M models. The new X5 M will probably get even bigger air intakes or perhaps only redesigned, who knows.

With the new X5, BMW also introduces two new customization ideas: Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence, two different “worlds” in terms of exterior design. Besides these two options, there’s also the M Sport package, whose interior and exterior elements can be ordered in any combination, allowing countless customization options.

Interior

Just like the first X5 generation, the interior is heavily inspired by the 5-Series. Fans of other BMW models will immediately recognize many interior elements such as the instrument cluster or the dashboard, but the new X5’s purpose is not to revolutionize interior design, but to offer a premium experience for both new and existing customers. Passenger and luggage space increased, while the driving position is higher. Combined with the lowered instrument cluster, the new X5 offers improved visibility. The rear seat is foldable 40:20:40 and luggage space is now 23 cu.ft. (650 liters) and 66 cu.ft. (1,870 liters) with the rear seat folded.

Engines

At launch, the new BMW X5 will be available with three engine options, the xDrive35i, xDrive35d and xDrive50i. There will also be an sDrive35i version, the first rear-wheel-drive X5. The xDrive50i is the most powerful X5, featuring a revised version of the V8 TwinPower Turbo engine that delivers 450-hp. Even though we’re talking about a two-ton car, BMW says that thanks to the Auto Start Stop system, EfficientDynamics technologies, Eco Pro mode and the proactive driving assistant, the BMW X5 is a lot more fuel efficient than many of its competitors.

All engines come as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and for a little more thrill, BMW offers some interesting options such as the Active Steering and M adaptive suspension. Also, the Dynamic Performance Control system is available and it now includes the new xDrive status, a display that shows how the four-wheel-drive system works in real time.

Technology

As you can imagine, BMW has fitted the X5 with a lot of new technologies. The third-generation X5 comes with full-color Head-Up Display, Night Vision with pedestrian and animal detection, Dynamic Light Sport system, a new generation of parking assist that includes a set of video cameras and radars, active cruise control, Connected Drive with internet connectivity and many more. BMW also announced a system that helps drivers in busy traffic, by automatically taking control of the steering wheel and speed, making life easier during rush hours.

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