The new X5 is in town. AGMC, the BMW importer, has welcomed the third generation of the new BMW X5 – pioneer of the sports activity vehicle segment and global market leader in its class – in their Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates showrooms in October.
Established in 1999, the first generation BMW X5 was the first vehicle of its kind to combine superior dynamics on-road with impressive off-road characteristics thanks to BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. Since its inception, the BMW X5 has been the absolute market leader in the SUV segment, and one of BMW’s best-selling model series accounting for almost a third of all BMW models sold globally.
Today, the BMW X5 is also one of AGMC’s best-selling model series and accounts for around 20 per cent of AGMC sales with more than 500 vehicles sold to date in 2013 (Jan-Sept). The all-new BMW X5 is expected to further amplify the X5’s success story.
This third generation BMW X5 will once again set new standards with its evolutionary design features, spacious interior and increased driving comfort. In addition, for the first time, the X5 will be available with a choice of new suspension packages. These include the Adaptive Suspension Comfort, Dynamic, Professional and Adaptive M Suspension, all of which provides further enhanced ride comfort.
Design: sportier and expressive
The design of the new BMW X5 combines the X hallmark characteristics with the power, presence and the sportiness of classic BMW models. An even more expressive front-end look with twin circular headlights extending into the new broad-set kidney grille; an elegantly stretched silhouette, new distinctive rear and a new Sparkling Brown color option.
Side on, the eye-catching curved air-breather over the athletically moulded wheel arches; horizontal lines and taut surfaces optimize the models aerodynamic properties. From the rear, new aeroblades can be seen along with a newly shaped rectangular exhaust pipe and accentuated lights for a more distinctive look.
Inside the redesigned exterior of the new BMW X5 is a more luxurious interior environment with a selection of high quality leather and trims available, atmospheric lighting options and increased spaciousness. Due to the model’s 3.2cm extended wheelbase, the cockpit now plays host to a newly raised seating position and striking horizontal lines which extend into the door trim and noticeably enhance the interior. When it comes to storage, the boot can now hold 650 – 1,870 liters, a noticeable increase on its predecessor’s capacity. In addition, an optional third row of seats will turn the new BMW X5 into a seven-seater. The outer seats in the second row can be tilted far towards the front, making it easy to access the two additional seats.
In addition, the BMW iDrive controller features a new touch sensitive controller for intuitive and convenient operations of the iDrive system. Instead of having to scroll for letter input, users can now write letters on the surface of the iDrive controller.
Customers keen to make the configuration of the exterior and interior a little more personalized, can for the first time, order the new BMW X5 with Pure Experience and Pure Excellence design packages, in addition to the M Sport package. The exterior and interior content of these two design packages can be ordered separately, and they can be combined with each other with standard equipment or the M Sport package.
Under the hood
BMW Twin Power Turbo technology and additional BMW EfficientDynamics features ensure that the new BMW X5 is faster and more efficient than ever. Under the bonnet sits a newly enhanced engine variant, the BMW X5 xDrive50i with a new generation of the V8 petrol engine (330 kW/450 hp), 10 percent more power power than the predecessor X5 model. The Driving Experience Control switch is fitted as standard with Comfort, Dynamic and Professional adaptive suspension packages and Adaptive M suspension which can be specified to enhance the car’s sporty handling properties and ride comfort. Joining the BMW X5 xDrive50i in February 2014 will be the BMW X5 xDrive35i engine (225 kW/306 hp).
BMW Group’s commitment to reducing fuel consumption and emissions is as visible as ever as this model boasts weight minimization features, optimized air guidance, enhanced engine technology and the standard-fitted – and extremely efficient – eight-speed automatic gearbox with additional BMW EfficientDynamics technology; Auto Start Stop function, ECO PRO mode including coasting function and Proactive Driving Assistant.
The BMW X5 is BMW Group’s best-selling Sports Activity Vehicle and has over the years continued to set new standards in the automotive industry in terms of its unusually sporty characteristics and innovative on-road technology. The third generation will once again establish a new benchmark in its class and ensure that this X model family member stays in pole position.