NEW 2011 BMW X5 RELEASED
Since launching the original BMW X5 in 1999, this fourth generation X5 features a completely revised range of engines, standard eight-speed automatic transmission and innovative driver assistance systems. The new BMW X5 has a fresh look and features nearly 4000 new parts. BMW Manufacturing has been planning the launch of this new model for over 18 months. The production of the new X5 occurred as a digital changeover within Plant Spartanburg, meaning production associates learned new vehicle processes alongside the existing processes, and parts were seamlessly transferred into the new model X5.
This changeover took place over a single weekend, with no ramp-down of the 2010 model on March 19 and no ramp-up of the 2011 model on March 22.?
"The new model X5 features exterior design changes including new front and rear bumpers, front fenders, headlights and tail lights. This adaptation enhances the presence of the X5, making it look fresher and more elegant," said Bobby Hitt from BMW Manufacturing. "In spite of improved performance, thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics, fuel consumption and emission levels are reduced by up to 10%.
"One of the most significant changes for our plant was the introduction of a completely new range of gasoline and diesel engines. Almost every new X5 is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Furthermore, each new drivetrain offers a new transfer case, front and rear differentials, and driveshafts," stated Craig Westbrook, BMW Manufacturing's Project Manager for the New Model X5.
With the addition of BMW ConnectedDrive, there are new driver assistance systems and several new safety features that will come standard on the new BMW X5. The Lane Departure Warning feature, for example, alerts the driver to unintentional drifting from the roadway by sending a vibration through the steering wheel. Side View cameras integrated into the front of the car allow the driver to see traffic coming from the left or right. Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function ensures that the selected distance from the vehicle ahead is maintained; the system will slow the car down and even come to a complete stop - without the driver ever touching the brake pedal.