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09 June 2018, 05:00 | Jodi Jackson
BMW reveals bigger, bolder fourth-gen X5
Following the market launch of the first BMW X2, a new edition of the original BMW X model is now ready for action.
It adopts a new platform shared with the upcoming X7 as well as a larger external and internal dimensions, updated powertrains and the very latest in the German vehicle maker's digital cockpit and infotainment functions within a more versatile and luxurious cabin.
BMW's fourth-generation X5 will go on sale in the United Kingdom later this month, priced from £56,710 on the road. The wheelbase has also been extended by 4.2 cm (1.6 in) to 297 cm (116 in), and boot capacity is listed as 1,860 L (65.7 cu ft) with the seats folded down, and 645 L (22.7 cu ft) with them left up. This is the fourth generation of BMW's flagship SUV since its debut in back in 1999.
In order to do this, we went to the BMW Plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina to see how the new BMW X5 is being built.
The X5 was BMW's first SUV in a range that now covers six different models, with a seventh (the X7) due in a few months time. New to the X5 is a crisp beltline rising over the rear wheels and flowing into the wide rear lighting units. At 4922 mm, it's longer by 36 mm, wider by 66 mm, and taller by 19 mm.
Speaking of tech, it has all the toys you could ever want in a large posh SUV as BMW has crammed laser adaptive LED headlights, two-axle air suspension, dynamic damper control, all-wheel steering, active roll stabilization, dual 12.3-inch screens, and a new bigger head-up display. In Germany, it comes in two lines: X-Line and M-Sport Package - the latter featuring reduced ride height and blackened detailing within the exterior. Up front, a newly designed and higher quality dashboard shares its design with the unit set to feature in larger X7, with a new multi-function steering wheel and switchgear. The powertrain of 2019 BMW X5 will come from 5-Series that are 2.0 four, 3.0-liter straight-six and 4.4-liter eight-cylinder turbocharged gasoline respectively. The 4.4 liter V8, on the other hand, will offer about 456hp now. The new X5 also marks the debut of BMW's Emergency Stop Assistant which, when activated, will autonomously slow the vehicle and bring it to a stop safely on the side of the road. Should you need to carry more than five people, you'll be happy to hear third-row seating will be available as an option to turn the X5 into a more family-friendly seven-seat SUV.
A quartet of turbochargers allow the six-cylinder in-line diesel engine fitted in the new M50d to produce a maximum output of 294 kW while peak torque of 760Nm should result in more than enough oomph off the line.
Both engines are hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
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