The new BMW X5 officially goes on sale June 5th in Europe, but expect some design and engine changes to help its performance and lower emissions. Stay tuned with eurotuner for information on US dates and pricing.
Three new engines will be launched for the xDrive30d, xDrive40d – replacing the xDrive35d – and the xDrive50i – replacing the xDrive48i.
The entry-level xDrive30d has been upgraded to increase performance, making this the first conventionally-powered luxury SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) to record a sub 200g/km CO2 reading. The engine consumes just 38.2mpg on the combined cycle yet produces 245hp, up 10hp on the previous xDrive30d. Acceleration to 62mph now takes only 7.6 seconds – a 6% improvement over the previous model. The replacement of the twin-turbocharged xDrive35d with the new xDrive40d sees an improvement in emissions of 10%, whilst delivering 37.7mpg. The 0-62mph time is just 6.6 seconds, down from 7.0 seconds, courtesy of a 306hp output, 20hp more than the older engine.
Powered by the world’s first twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the catalytic converter located in the vee, the xDrive50i has an extra 53hp compared to the model it replaces, taking the total to 408hp. This leads to a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds, an improvement of one full second over the outgoing powertrain.
The X5 will be mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. This transmission helps to lower the X5’s CO2 output and allows smoother shifting and greater driving dynamics.
The new X5 includes a number of exterior changes, enhancing the athletic appearance of BMW’s original 4x4. Revised front bumpers with enlarged vents, to increase the air supply to the engine and brakes. Matte aluminum-look lower scuff plates and vent fins are featured to underscore its performance styling.
New xenon headlights, with bright white LED corona rings modernize the face of the car. At the rear is a revised red light cluster, enhancing the lines of the car with horizontal LED light bars. Enlarged tailpipes, within a redesigned rear bumper, finish off the look.
Completing the updates is a long list of additions to standard equipment. For the first time leather upholstery comes as standard across the entire X5 range. Xenon headlights will light the way for the entire range plus Servotronic steering now comes as standard.