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The third-generation BMW X5

BMW X5 xDrive30d Design Pure Experience 2014_01The new, third-generation BMW X5 will be quite easy to recognize. It has familiar proportions with short front overhang, long wheelbase and upright A-pillars. The particularly muscular design of the BMW kidney grille, set within the triangle of the twin circular headlights and front foglamps, and the bumper’s X-shaped contour lines also mark it out as a member of the BMW X model family.

The new BMW X5 has an extremely broad-set kidney grille extending all the way to the headlight units, and the hallmark BMW twin circular headlights, in turn, stretch well into the car’s side panels. Their light rings are each levelled off at the bottom and overlapped at their top edge by an LED accent light. Sweeping chrome inserts and the prominently three-dimensional design of the lights underline the car’s sophisticated character. LED front foglamps can be specified as an option, while the likewise optional Adaptive LED Headlights are identified by the horizontal light sources in the centre of the light rings. The BMW X5 xDrive50i and BMW X5 M50d are equipped with xenon headlights as standard.

Horizontal lines on the two-section tailgate and around the rear apron emphasise the width and robust stance of the new BMW X5. The thin, three-dimensional LED light strips of the two-section, L-shaped rear lights create a striking night-time look. Plus, the new BMW X5 is the brand’s first model to feature Aero Blades. These black air-channelling elements are contiguous with the roof spoiler and help it to optimise the car’s aerodynamic properties. The exterior paintwork of the new BMW X5 can be ordered in a choice of 11 colours, among them the new metallic finish Sparkling Brown Brilliant Effect.

The selection of engines available from launch comprises a V8 engine producing 330 kW/450 hp for the BMW X5 xDrive50i and the 190 kW/258 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel in the BMW X5 xDrive30d. They are joined by an M Performance Automobile in the shape of the BMW X5 M50d. The BMW X5 line-up will expand further in December 2013. The BMW X5 xDrive35i (225 kW/306 hp) and the BMW X5 xDrive40d (230 kW/313 hp) will be joined with the BMW X5 xDrive25d with 160 kW/218 hp. Its has an average fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres (47.9 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 155 g/km. The most economical will be the rear-wheel drive BMW X5 sDrive25d, which has average fuel consumption of 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres (50.4 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometre.

BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive can be complemented by Dynamic Performance Control as part of the optional Dynamic and Professional adaptive suspension packages. The Dynamic adaptive suspension package also includes Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation for a targeted improvement of the car’s sporty handling attributes. There is also the option of the Comfort active suspension package, which provides further enhanced ride comfort thanks to air suspension at the rear axle and Dynamic Damper Control. Adaptive M suspension, available as part of the M Sport package, also includes Dynamic Damper Control and rear-axle air suspension as well as specifically sports-oriented suspension tuning. The Professional adaptive suspension package, meanwhile, combines the features of Comfort and Dynamic. This choice allows drivers to select noticeably enhanced comfort or hallmark BMW sporting capability, as desired.

The market launch of the new BMW X5 in Germany is scheduled for November 2013.


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