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2010 BMW X5 news, pictures, and information
The original – now even greater supremacy: The new BMW X5More dynamic, efficient and luxurious than ever, the new BMW X5 continues to strengthen its leading position within the competitive environment of four-wheel driven premium vehicles. A completely revised range of engines, the standard eight-speed automatic transmission and innovative driver assistance systems ensure that the driving pleasure characteristic of the Sports Activity Vehicle offers even greater fascination. Specific design modifications authentically emphasise the enhanced sporting character. New exterior and interior colours as well as light-alloy wheels underline the vehicle's exclusive style. Únsurpassed efficiency gives added quality to the BMW X5 that impresses both in terms of appearance as well as driving pleasure. In spite of significantly improved performance, fuel consumption and emission levels are up to 10 percent lower compared to its predecessor.
With the arrival of the first-generation BMW X5, the Sports Activity Vehicle §egmènt was established. The new BMW X5 substantiates its leading edge status through innovative drive technology, first-class equipment features, expressive design and premium quality. The BMW X5 xDrive50i wîth a V8 engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct petrol injection (High Precision Injection) is, wîth an output of 300 kW/407 bhp, positioned at the top of the model portfolio. The new BMW X5 xDrive35i is powered by a 225 kW/306 bhp straight six-cylinder engine wîth BMW TwinPower Turbo, High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC.
A new generation of engines also helps the BMW X5's two diesel variants achieve a most favourable ratio between driving performance and fuel consumption. The BMW X5 xDrive40d's all-aluminium straight six-cylinder engine wîth TwinPower Turbo and Common Rail direct injection develops a maximum power output of 225 kW/306 bhp. In spite of a 15 kW higher output than its predecessor, average fuel consumption in the EÚ test cycle has been reduced by 0.8 percent to 7.5 litres/100 km. The new BMW X5 xDrive30d has an even lower average consumption. This six-cylinder diesel wîth an output increased by 7 kW to 180 kW/245 bhp is contented wîth 7.4 litres/100 km in the EÚ test cycle. All engines comply wîth the EÚ5 emission standard.
The ongoing advancement in the reduction of fuel consumption and emission levels is the result of the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, which has been consistently implemented on all BMW X models.
Moreover, the innovative power of the world's most successful premium car builder is also evident in the multiplicity of driver assistance systems, which are available for the new BMW X5 as part of BMW ConnectedDrive and are unique within the competitive environment. The BMW X5 is the only vehicle in its competitive §egmènt that can be equipped wîth the Head-Úp Display and the Surround View system. In addition, this Sports Activity Vehicle now offers a choice of Active Cruise Control wîth Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info and Side View.
More than ever before, the BMW X5 offers superior and dynamic road performance. Thanks to the BMW xDrive intelligent four-wheel drive technology, it also offers supreme off-road qualities. This permanent four-wheel drive system, which comes as standard, ensures variable adjustment of drive torque between the front and rear axles. Its electronic control system and integrated DSC Dynamic Stability Control facilitate an unequalled rapid response to different driving situations. Every tendency for the vehicle to oversteer or understeer is immediately detected so that appropriate adjustments can be made to ensure stability before the driver even notices the necessity to intervene. In this way, iDrive is able to optimise in advance both driving dynamics and traction on slippery surfaces. The new BMW X5 features a modified version of this four-wheel technology. With a revised, more neutrally interpreted basic configuration, xDrive now contributes even more effectively towards an increase in driving dynamics.
The interior of the new BMW X5 is fitted as standard wîth five comfortable seats wîth an option of third-row seats to accommodate two further passengers. Luggage compartment capacity can also be flexibly adapted to suit varying requirements. By completely folding down the 40:60 split rear seats, storage space can be increased from 620 litres to a maximum of 1,750 litres. Even when seven seats are in use, a storage space of 200 litres is still available.
Design: Well-balanced proportions and clear signs of enhanced sporting performance.
The body design of the new BMW X5 is characterised by well-balanced proportions that accentuate both the vehicle's powerful elegance and its agility. A long wheelbase, short front and rear body overhangs and large wheels provide a visual balance of the front and rear section of the vehicle, this serving as an indication of permanent four-wheel drive technology. The angles of all pillars have been designed to sweep upwards to merge at an imaginary vanishing point at the roofline, supporting the impression of a body that is powerfully supported by the front and rear wheels.
Furthermore, the sides of the vehicle are elegantly stretched through the dominance of horizontal lines. The surface of the bonnet flows seamlessly into the waistline. The prominent, gently inclined contour line at door handle level extends from the front wheel arches to the rear of the vehicle. Square-shaped, powerfully contoured wheel arches symbolise stability and presence.
This Sports Activity Vehicle boasts a dynamic, robust but elegant appearance, its design reflecting superior sporting performance on tarmac, supreme off-road potential and the premium character of a luxury class vehicle.
Newly conceived, intensely road-oriented front end.
With its distinctively contoured bonnet, large-sized BMW kidney grille and dual round headlights slightly cut off at the top, the new BMW X5 boasts a strikingly expressive front end that symbolises power and presence. The new interpretation of this look, which is characteristic of BMW X models, comprises in particular the structure of the front apron and the position of the fog lamps featured as standard. Due to an increased number of elements painted in matching body colour, the front end gives the impression of being nearer to the road surface. At the same time, the increased size of both the inner and the two outer air intakes indicates the boosted engine output. Hence, the newly conceived front end accentuates the BMW X5's further enhanced sporting performance.
The black plastic trim at the bottom edge of the body is now considerably narrower. A matt-finished silver underride protection extending across the entire width of the middle air intake, thereby emphasising the muscular features of this Sports Activity Vehicle, additionally accentuates the new BMW X5's robust character.
Together wîth the dual round headlights, fog lamps, which are now situated higher and closer to the BMW kidney grille, form a triangular design typical of BMW X models. The visual unity of light sources resulting from this configuration serves to symbolise a particularly intensive focus on the road. The new BMW X5's headlight units strongly emphasise the exceptionally high quality. The technology-oriented structure of the cylinder-shaped light sources featured by the optional Xenon headlights is highlighted by a black matt-finished trim. Furthermore, LED corona rings serve as position lights and daytime driving lights. BMW's characteristic daytime driving light design is distinctively enhanced by the bright white beam emitted by this light source.
Rear end wîth a powerful, sporting charisma.
Here too, an increased number of surfaces painted in matching body colour give the rear end of the new BMW X5 a particularly elegant and at the same time sporting appearance. The newly conceived rear apron takes up the graphic structure of the front end. The intricately designed surrounds of the tailpipes, which are located far to the side, are painted in body colour, underlining the vehicle's premium character. In the centre, a matt-finished silver underride protection emphasises the robustness and off-road suitability of the Sports Activity Vehicle.
Above the bumper, the rear of the BMW X5 is divided by parallel horizontal lines. The result is an accentuation of the width, highlighting the vehicle's muscular features. The L-shaped, redesigned taillights, each wîth two homogeneously illuminated LED light banks, reflect the brand-typical night-time design of the rear end. Additionally, the vehicle width is emphasised by the narrowly designed white light-bands of the reversing lights.
A new choice of body colours provides further visual enhancements. The metallic colours Deep Sea Blue, Platinum Grey and Sparkling Bronze are now available for the BMW X5.
Interior: Luxurious ambience, high seating position, new generation of iDrive control system as standard.
The interior of the BMW X5 is characterised by a generous amount of space and a modern, sophisticated design. Thanks to exceptional variability in a luxurious ambience, the highest demands wîth regard to functionality are fulfilled in a particularly exclusive fashion. The horizontal structure of the dashboard and a harmonious match wîth the door trim underline the generous amount of passenger compartment space. Comfortable seats, high-grade materials and carefully matched colour combinations accentuate the premium character of this modern Sports Activity Vehicle. The optional leather trim Nevada is now also available in the colours Cinnamon Brown and Oyster. The choice of interior options has been complemented by a matt Satin Silver trim strip.
Moreover, the high seating position in conjunction wîth the centre console, which is inclined towards the driver, contributes towards the characteristic driving experience and permits an optimum view of each traffic situation, thereby conveying the impression of absolute control over the vehicle. Ergonomically ideally positioned control elements and spacious storage compartments additionally enhance the state-of-the-art functionality of the BMW X5.
The new BMW X5 is equipped as standard wîth the latest generation of the iDrive control system, whose 6.5-inch control display (or 8.8-inch display when ordered in conjunction wîth the navigation system Professional) is harmoniously integrated into the dashboard and ideally positioned for the driver. The onboard computer and the audio system as well as the navigation and communication functions are activated by tilting, turning and pressing the controller, which is located in the middle of the centre console. Direct selection buttons on the controller enable fast changing between CD, radio, telephone and navigation functions. The choice of direct selection buttons is supplemented by the three command buttons 'MENÚ', 'BACK' and 'OPTION'. In addition, the eight 'favourite' buttons located on the centre console can be used to store and select radio stations, telephone numbers and navigation destinations or other menu items accessible via iDrive.
Besides a hard disk storage unit for digital maps and the personal music collection, the navigation system Professional also comprises multi-mode control of functions by voice entry and by the controller. The driver can choose between both forms of entry even while handling a specific task or operation, wîth voice entry as well as the controller remaining active at the same time for simultaneous use. Voice entry also facilitates direct access to stored music and the verbal entry of entire addresses.
High degree of variability in the interior, optional third-row seats.
Third-row seats are optionally available for the BMW X5. These two seats are provided wîth headrests and three-point automatic seat belts. The seats can be individually stowed into the vehicle floor. Even when seven seats are in use, the new BMW X5 still has a luggage compartment volume of 200 litres.
New range of engines: All petrol and diesel versions wîth turbocharger and direct injection.
A completely revised engine range ensures that the BMW X5 will continue to strengthen its leading role as the most dynamic vehicle in its §egmènt. The choice of petrol engines now comprises a V8 and a straight six-cylinder power unit, both of which feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and direct fuel injection. In addition, two variants of the new generation of the BMW straight six-cylinder diesel engine are available. Both all-aluminium power units are turbocharged and utilise the latest Common Rail direct injection technology.
All power units available for the BMW X5 set the benchmark in sporting power development and efficiency in their respective engine class. They comply wîth the EÚ5 emission standard in Europe and wîth ÚLEV II in the ÚSA respectively. Drive power of each engine is transferred via the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, whose outstanding efficiency also contributes towards a reduction of fuel consumption and emission levels.
All this is supplemented by BMW EfficientDynamics measures, the combination of which is adapted to suit each model. This technology, which also comes as standard, includes brake energy regeneration and demand-controlled ancillary components including the electric coolant pump, the electric power-§teering pump, the map-controlled oil pump and the disengageable air conditioning compressor. Furthermore, the measures comprise intelligent lightweight construction, low-rolling resistance tyres and optimised aerodynamics including active air vent control. As a result of the comprehensive drive technology innovations and the consistent implementation of BMW EfficientDynamics, all versions of the new BMW X5 offer a ratio between vehicle performance and fuel consumption that is unrivalled in their respective competitive §egmènts.
Petrol engines: Significantly increased output thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo.
Due to its V8 engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and High Precision Injection, output of the new BMW X5 xDrive50i has increased by 39 kW compared wîth the predecessor model. The unique 4.4 litre engine, the turbochargers of which are located inside the V-section between the cylinder banks, develops an output of 300 kW/407 bhp within an engine speed range of 5,500 to 6,400 rpm. Maximum torque is at 600 Nm between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. The extremely spontaneous and fascinatingly high-revving V8 engine offers outstanding sporting performance and is at the same time the most efficient engine of its kind worldwide. The BMW X5 xDrive50i accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, reaching its top speed at 250 km/h. Average fuel consumption according to the EÚ test cycle is 12.5 litres/100 km. The CO2 emission level is 292 grams/km.
Likewise, the second petrol engine variant of the new BMW X5 is characterised by significantly improved performance and impressive efficiency. The BMW X5 xDrive35i features the first straight six-cylinder to combine BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, direct petrol injection (High Precision Injection) and VALVETRONIC variable valve control.
Its supercharging system where – adhering to the Twinscroll principle – the ducts of three cylinders at a time are separated from one another both in the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger, and the further developed VALVETRONIC system lend the 3-litre power unit its fascinatingly spontaneous response behaviour. With 225 kW/306 bhp at 5,800 rpm the engine surpasses its predecessor's maximum output by 25 kW. Maximum torque of 400 Nm is available between 1,200 und 5,000 rpm. The new BMW X5 xDrive35i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, top speed being 235 km/h. The significantly increased output is combined wîth an average fuel consumption reduced to 10.1 litres/100 km in the EÚ test cycle and a CO2 emission level of 236 grams/km.
New generation of diesel engines in two output categories.
The diesel engines available for the new BMW X5 also originate from a new generation of power units. An all-aluminium construction, the latest Common Rail direct injection technology wîth piezo injectors and a turbocharger provide both 3-litre straight six-cylinder engines wîth impressive power, awesome running refinement and unparalleled efficiency. A further reduction in weight compared to each of their predecessors additionally enhances the agility of the diesel engine variants that are on offer for the BMW X5.
Above all, the new BMW X5 xDrive40d is characterised by exceptionally high performance qualities. Thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and Common Rail direct injection, its power unit, which was first presented in the BMW 740d luxury saloon, delivers a maximum output of 225 kW/306 bhp at 4,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 600 Nm available between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. Torque of 450 Nm is already achieved at an engine speed of 1,000 rpm. More than 90 percent of maximum output is available within a range of 3,500 to 5,000 rpm. The new diesel has a maximum engine speed of 5,600 rpm.
The supercharging technology featured by the new high-performance diesel engine adheres to the Variable Twin Turbo principle. This means that initially, just above idling speed, a small charger is activated, wîth an additional larger charger being activated when higher torque is required. Spontaneous and consistent accelerating power allows the BMW X5 xDrive40d to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds. Top speed is 236 km/h. Exceptionally sporty development of power is coupled wîth impressive efficiency. This is mainly due to the Common Rail technology, operating at a maximum pressure of 2,000 bar and guaranteeing an extremely accurately regulated fuel supply. The BMW X5 xDrive40d has an average fuel consumption of 7.5 litres/100 km in the EÚ test cycle and a CO2 emission level of 198 grams/km.
The second diesel variant in the model range is the new BMW X5 xDrive30d. Its straight six-cylinder engine is supercharged and has a variable turbine geometry and Common Rail direct injection operating at a maximum pressure of 1,800 bar. The engine generates its maximum output of 180 kW/245 bhp at 4,000 rpm, producing its maximum torque of 540 Nm between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. The new BMW X5 xDrive30d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 222 km/h. In spite of having a 7 kW higher output than its predecessor, the vehicle's average fuel consumption in the EÚ test cycle is now 7.4 litres/100 km, a reduction of 10%. The new BMW X5 xDrive30d achieves a CO2 emission level of 195 grams/km.
Standard feature: Eight-speed automatic transmission wîth optimised shifting dynamics and unmatched efficiency.
All new BMW X5 model variants are equipped as standard wîth an eight-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The new transmission combines shifting comfort, sporting characteristics and efficiency at an unprecedented level. It contributes even more significantly towards a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions than the six-speed automatic transmission featured in previous BMW X5 vehicles. The new eight-speed automatic transmission is characterised by minimum converter slip and an innovative gear set configuration that permits additional drive positions and a greater transmission ratio spread without having negative effects on size, weight and the system's intrinsic efficiency.
Intelligent BMW xDrive four-wheel drive technology: Fast response and precision for enhanced driving dynamics and optimised traction.
Permanent four-wheel drive wîth electronically-controlled variable torque distribution between front and rear axles not only gives the new BMW X5 supreme traction on off-road terrain, but also superior driving dynamics on tarmac.
BMW xDrive technology was initially featured in the first-generation BMW X5 and has since then been constantly refined. It is an intelligent four-wheel drive system that uses a transfer box wîth an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch to constantly feed power as required to the axle that has the best contact wîth the road surface. As a result, xDrive also enhances driving stability when taking bends at higher speeds as it anticipates any tendency to oversteer or understeer and counteracts these forces effectively.
In normal driving situations, BMW xDrive distributes drive forces to the front and rear axles in a 40:60 split. Sensors constantly measure slip on all wheels. Within a fraction of a second, the system is able to vary the power distribution ratio. As opposed to previous four-wheel drive systems, BMW xDrive also reacts anticipatorily and does not wait until a wheel begins to spin.
Therefore, the vehicle is stabilised before the driver even notices the need to take action. Thanks to a new, more neutrally interpreted basic configuration, BMW xDrive featured in the new BMW X5 contributes even more significantly towards an increase in driving dynamics. Even during stable cornering, drive power is shifted to the rear axle, transferring up to 80 percent of power to the rear wheels. After cornering, the system returns to the normal setting to ensure optimum traction.
Precisely controlled coordination of xDrive and DSC.
Fast and precise adjustment of drive power distribution is guaranteed by the combined efforts of xDrive and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) within the Integrated Chassis Management (ICM). This combination is also complemented by the optionally available, revised Active Steering system.
The stabilising effect of the variable distribution of power reduces the necessity for the DSC system to intervene. The selective braking of individual wheels and a reduction in engine output are not required until the threshold is reached. Additional DSC functions include the ABS antilock braking system, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), a trailer stability control system, Hill Descent Control (HDC), Automatic Differential Brake (ADB), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC). Moreover, the system comprises brake drying in wet conditions, the hill-start assistant, fading compensation as well as the standard cruise control system wîth braking function featured. The special mode Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) raises the tolerance of DSC, thereby facilitating an exceptionally sporting and active style of driving as well as the setting off in deep snow or loose sand wîth controlled drive wheel spin.
The BMW X5 is also equipped wîth a parking brake that uses both an electro-mechanical and a hydraulic function activated or released at the push of a button. The parking brake features an Auto Hold function that enhances comfort above all in stop-and-go traffic situations.
High-performance suspension technology and §teering wîth standard Servotronic function. Optional Active Steering.
The suspension technology used on the new BMW X5 is the ideal prerequisite for supreme driving dynamics on tarmac. The suspension of the Sports Activity Vehicle features a double-wishbone front axle and a lightweight integral rear axle. The additionally available rear-axle air suspension, including automatic self-levelling, ensures a consistent ride height and unaltered driving characteristics at all times, regardless of load conditions.
The new BMW X5's rack-and-pinion §teering comes as standard wîth the Servotronic function for speed-dependent power §teering. Furthermore, an active §teering function is available which additionally varies §teering transmission according to speed. Therefore, less §teering wheel movement and effort are required when parking, whilst at high speeds a more indirect behaviour is achieved and the effect of power §teering reduced in order to enhance directional stability and ride comfort.
Optimum supremacy wîth Adaptive Drive.
A combination of active body-roll stabilisation and variable damping control incorporated into the Adaptive Drive system is the guarantee of unparalleled supremacy within the BMW X5 competitive environment. With the aid of sensors, Adaptive Drive permanently monitors and calculates data on the road speed, §teering angle, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, body and wheel velocity as well as height levels. This information is used to control the swivel motors on the anti-roll bars and the electro-magnetic shock-absorber valves. In this way body roll is reduced and damping is constantly regulated according to the current driving situation. The FlexRay high-speed data transmission system is used for fast and reliable coordination.
High-performance brake system and tyres wîth emergency running properties.
The BMW X5's high performance brake system guarantees outstanding stopping power. Newly conceived lightweight brakes wîth 385 mm discs at the front and an aluminium floating caliper construction on the front and rear axles of the top-of-the-range BMW X5 xDrive50i ensure extreme stability and maximum braking comfort.
Standard features on the new BMW X5 also include 19-inch light-alloy wheels on the BMW X5 xDrive50i and 18-inch light alloys on all other variants respectively. The range of optionally available light-alloys for the new BMW X5 is complemented by three variants wîth a Y-spoke design and wheels in the sizes 19 and 20 inch respectively. Runflat safety tyres, also supplied as standard, allow the driver to continue his or her journey and reach a garage even in the event of a total loss of tyre pressure. Depending on the load condition, it is possible to continue driving for a distance of between 50 and 250 kilometres. Furthermore, the tyre defect indicator permanently monitors the tyre pressure.
Highly rigid body structure, comprehensive occupant protection.
Like all BMW X models, the new BMW X5 has an extremely rigid body that – despite of its high degree of torsional stiffness – has an optimum weight thanks to intelligent lightweight construction. For the benefit of passive safety, the forces acting on the vehicle during an accident are passed on via the engine supports and chassis along various load paths, keeping them away from the stable passenger cell.
In addition to front and hip/thorax airbags, the interior of the new BMW X5 comes as standard wîth side curtain head airbags. It also features three-point automatic seat belts for all seats, belt force limiters, belt tensioners and crash-active headrests at the front as well as the ISOFIX child seat system for the second-row seats. All occupant restraint systems are centrally and electronically controlled. In the event of an imminent roll-over, roll-over sensors ensure that the curtain airbags and the belt tensioners are activated.
Únique in the competitive environment: New BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems.
As part of BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW X5 offers a multitude of unique driver assistance systems and services for optimising comfort and safety as well as for the use of infotainment functions. Active Cruise Control wîth Stop & Go function is available as an alternative to the standard cruise control system wîth braking function. It additionally comprises Automatic Distance Control which allows for relaxed cruising in motorway or overland traffic, also ensuring that the selected distance from the vehicle ahead is maintained in low-speed stop-and-go traffic. If the selected distance from the vehicle ahead is insufficiently maintained, the system automatically makes the necessary adjustments by intervening into the car control system and by building up brake pressure. If required, the vehicle can be brought safely to a complete standstill. After a short stop, the system automatically sets the car in motion again. If the vehicle stops longer than desired, the driver can restart the car by pressing either a button or by actuating the accelerator pedal.
The Lane Departure Warning feature also available for the BMW X5 is able to identify unintentional drifting from the lane at a speed of at least 70 km/h. The system consists of a camera, which is installed on the windscreen in the vicinity of the rear-view mirror, a control unit for data synchronisation and a pulse emitter that activates a gentle but unmistakeable vibration on the §teering wheel. The camera detects the markings on at least one lane. A control unit calculates the position of the vehicle in relation to these markings. The system also works in bends, on narrow lanes and in the dark as soon as the headlights are switched on.
Furthermore, the Speed Limit Info function can also be used in conjunction wîth the Lane Departure Warning and the navigation system Professional. This function offers the driver the possibility to obtain information regarding the route he is currently on. The camera used for the Lane Departure Warning permanently monitors road signs as well as variable overhead gantry signs on motorways.
A further technical innovation within the BMW ConnectedDrive range is the Side View system. It comprises two cameras that are integrated into the front wings, permitting observation of cross traffic. The images are transferred to the control display, making it possible at an early stage to identify traffic coming from the left or right, particularly when driving through a narrow gate or leaving a multi-storey car park.
Also available for the BMW X5 are the Head-Úp Display, wîth which driver-relevant information is projected onto the windscreen within the driver's field of vision, the High-Beam Assistant and Adaptive Headlights, including cornering lights, variable light distribution and adaptive auto-levelling. Further equipment options are Park Distance Control and a reversing camera, including the Surround View system. In addition, wîth BMW Assist, BMW Online, BMW TeleServices and innovative remote functions, BMW ConnectedDrive also offers the world's most unique choice of mobility services relating to traffic information, emergency calls, vehicle, information and office services, travel and leisure time planning as well as the Internet. Optimised utilisation of telecommunication and entertainment systems is guaranteed, inter alia, by the full integration of external cell phones and music players.
Premium standard equipment, exclusive options.
With its comprehensive range of standard equipment, which includes, among other features, automatic climate control, an audio system wîth CD drive and AÚX In connection, a multifunction §teering wheel, electrically operated front seat height and backrest adjustment, a rain sensor wîth integrated automatic headlight control and the iDrive control system, the new BMW X5 offers the driving and travelling comfort of a luxury-class premium vehicle. The comfort features also underline the high-quality and exclusive character of this Sports Activity Vehicle. In addition to the navigation system Professional, a CD changer and a ÚSB audio interface, the available equipment includes a rear compartment entertainment system and a TV function for both analogue and digital television reception. The BMW Individual High End audio system offers maximum listening pleasure.
Moreover, the equipment range also includes 4-zone automatic climate control, active front seat ventilation, a heated §teering wheel, a panorama glass roof, an electrically operated tailgate and an automatic soft-close function for all doors. The optional tow coupling for the new BMW X5 can be equipped wîth an electrically pivotable ball head. Maximum trailer load of the new BMW X5 is 3,500 kilograms.
The new BMW X5 embodies the consistent continuation of a successful vehicle concept wîth which BMW established the entirely new Sports Activity Vehicle §egmènt in the year 1999. The BMW X5 continues to set the benchmark in driving dynamics in its competitive environment, combining more than ever before the fascinating driving experience offered by a BMW X model wîth outstanding efficiency. With new petrol and diesel engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard and the xDrive intelligent four-wheel drive technology, it underlines the typical sporting character of BMW X models even more impressively. Thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics, it also achieves optimum results in terms of fuel consumption and emission levels, as clearly demonstrated by the BMW X5 xDrive30d's extremely low fuel consumption of just 7.4 litres/100 km. This combination, its expressive design, innovative features and its premium character render the new BMW X5 the most supreme ambassador of its §egmènt in every sense of the word.Source - BMW
In the late 1990s, Chris Bangle came up with the first sketches at the BMW DesignworksUSA studio in California, and in many ways, the current X5 still closely resembles these initial sketches. Rover's takeover ended up being helpful for BMW in the area of development of the X5. The engineers at BMW were able to review and use Range Rover technology and parts in their design of the X5, including hill-descent control. The design of the X5 was heavily influenced by its British counterpart, included the two-piece tailgate taken directly from the Range Rover. Numerous parts and electronics were also taken directly from the E39 5 Series parts bit to save on costs.
The X5 was designed as a sporting road car, in contrast to the Range Rover models, unfortunately the X5's off-road capabilities were significantly less than those of Land Rover. BMW made it well known that the X5 was referred to as an SAV rather than a SUV. Though the X5 was an all-wheel drive vehicle, BMW chose from the start to route 62% of the engine's torque to the rear wheels, working hard to make it feel as similar as possible to the company's rear-wheel drive sedans.
BMW launched a smaller version, the X3 in 2003, which used the ‘X' prefix applied to the BMW SAVs which were derivatives of the BMW number-series models.
The first generation of the BMW X5 crossover vehicle was introduced in 1999 and was produced until 2003 and had a wheelbase of 110.0 inches, an overall length of 183.7 inches and a width of 73.7 inches. The X5 was produced until September of 2006 and was replaced by the BMW E70. At the time that the E53 was developed, BMW still owned Land Rover and because it this is shares many of the components and designs with both Land Rover and also the BMW E39 5-series.
For 2001 no changes were made on the BMW X5. For 2002 the high-performance 4.6is model was introduced with a 340-horsepower V8 engine. Against Mercedes-Benz ML 50/ML55 AMG, the X5 was quite a big contender. Along with this were aero body add-ons, and the new model received 20-inch wheels along with a special sportier interior. For this year option packages received some content revisions.
The Premium group now came with rain-sensing wipers, a sunroof for both the 3.0i and 4.4i and automatic climate control for the 3.0i. The 4.4i edition could also be equipped with a new Rear Climate package that included privacy glass and rear window shades. Optional were rear torso side-impact airbags.
For 2004 the X5 didn't change much and a revised model was debuted in 2004. The all new X5 was revamped completely, and a new 6-speed manual transmission option, and a 315 hp V8 compared to the previous year's 290 hp in 2004. The 04 X5 also received new headlights, a few new exterior colors, upgraded engines and a new four-wheel drive system. The grilles were enlarged along with their actually slats being modified in a ‘flame surfaced' style. The X5's headlights received ‘angel-eyes' which were rings or halos around all front headlamps.
The 2004 taillights also received a similar facelift to the BMW E39 and the exterior glass was transformed from a ‘dotted' pattern to a cleaner ‘line' pattern. Called xDrive, BMW invented a new four-wheel drive system that was shared both in the X5 and X3 in 2005. Rather than using the earlier X5 system which had consisted or power being split 62-38 (rear wheels – front wheels) and DSC to brake wheels losing traction, the xDrive could vary power to the front or rear axles in milliseconds which transferred up to 100% of engine power to either axle, therefore allowing the vehicles to regain traction quickly.
Additional extras were added to the 2004 X5 were soft-boot close feature which allowed the top part of the trunk to pull itself closed, Trailer Stability program which made it an ideal tow vehicles and adaptive headlights. At the end of 2003 it was originally announced along with the rest of the X5 facelift, the X5 4.8is first started shipping in April 2004. Replacing the 4.6 L engine was a new larger 4.8 L engine that was also later used in the 2005 750i/Li. It also included a slightly modified bodykit, 20' wheels and along with the 4.6is were the only X5's ever to feature large chrome-tipped exhaust which hid the quad pipes.
For the 2005 version a few optional versions became standard on BMW's American-built SUV. The 4.4i offered newly standard front and rear obstacle detection which was optional on 3.0i. Now steering linked were Xenon headlights which were standard on V8s and optional on the 3.0i. Along with the rest of the BMW lineup (apart from the E65 7 series) the 2005 X5 received Bluetooth kits straight from the factory if ordered with the Premium Package.
For the 2006 BMW X5 no significant changes were made. The X5 wasn't fitted with the new BMW R6 engine which upped power for both the 2.5i and 3.0i I6 versions of the 2006 X3 and Z4 significantly. Some rumors implied that BMW held back deploying the engine in the 2006 X5 so they didn't waste development costs in retooling the assembly line so they could make way for a more dramatic unveiling of the new 2007 BMW X5. This year was also the end of the E53 X5 as well.
The second generation of the BMW X5, the E70 was introduced in 2008 and had a wheelbase of 115.5 inches, a length of 191.3 inches, a wheelbase of 115.5 inches and a width of 76.1 inches. The E70 is the current X5 SAV which replaced the BMW E53 in November of 2006. The E70 platform replaced the BMW E53 as the X5's underpinnings. A ton of new technological advancements were introduced on the E70-based X5 SAV including BMW's iDrive system as standard equipment, and the first for a BMW, an optional third row seat.
This current generation incorporates safety innovations for the crossover segment like a unique rear framing section that protected 3rd row occupants from injury due to an impact. From late 2008 until the new BMW branding scheme, the X5 3.0sd is now called the X5 XDrive 35D and the 4.8 i is called the X5 XDrive 48I.
During the spring of 2000, a lower-priced six-cylinder 3.0i edition was introduced with a standard five-speed manual transmission and optional four-speed automatic. Both of these models were produced in South Carolina on an exclusive uni-bodied platform. BMW X5's came with a standard permanently engaged four-wheel drive, traction control, all-disc antilock braking, an antiskid system and a tailgate with separate lift glass.
Not intended for severe off road use the X5's four-wheel drive system lacked low-range gearing. Instead, the XM automatically brakes individual wheels to limit slippage in low-grip conditions. The speed was limited to 6 mph down steep slopes down a standard hill descent control.
The standard equipment included power tilt/telescopic steering wheels, 70/30 split folding rear seats and front side-impact airbags which were head-protecting tubular airbags that deployed from above front door windows in a side impact.
Optional on the X5 were rear lower-body side airbags. A load-leveling suspension was included on the 4.4i and optional for the 3.0i, along with 18 inch wheels and tires, wood interior trim and leather upholstery. A Sport Package was available and included black exterior trim, a sport suspension and the 4.4i received 19-inch tires. Available with either model was an optional navigation system with dashboard-mounted video screen. The biggest competitor for the X5 was the Lexus RX 300, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the Acura MDX.
BMW produced a one-off version of the X5 that was dubbed the X5 LM and equipped it with the M70 S70B56 V12 engine from the Le Mans winning BMW V12 LRM. In 2000 it was driven by Hans Joachim Stuck to receive a lap record at the Nürburgring.By Jessica Donaldson
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