BMW has introduced the all-new fourth generation BMW X5 and it may be hard for you to refrain from commenting on it, specifically on its bee-stung “nostrils”.

It will be available with a new V8 engine and three in-line 6-cylinder engines along with an M Performance model from launch. They will all be paired with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.The new V8 engine exclusively in the BMW X5 xDrive50i, which will not be available in Europe, delivers an output of 462 hp and 650 Nm while the X5 xDrive40i is powered by a 6-cylinder in-line petrol engine making 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

The X5 M50d is possibly the most interesting model with a 3.0-litre in-line six diesel engine that has four turbochargers strapped to it, producing 400 hp and 760 Nm. As for the X5 xDrive30d, it’s also got a 3.0-litre in-line six cylinder turbocharged diesel engine making 265 hp and 620 Nm.

The latest generation of BMW xDrive is now able to split the torque between the front and rear wheels even more efficiently. When the situation requires, it can even offer a rear-biased set-up.

Everything about the new X5 is larger than its predecessor, it’s got a longer wheelbase (+42mm), wider (+66mm), taller (+19mm) and longer (+36mm).

The most “in-negligible” feature has to be the large BMW kidney grille with a single-piece surround – that looks like it got bee-stung. Standard are LED head and taillights (with a three-dimensional design), while the BMW LaserLight with Adaptive LED Headlights are optional. The X5 is the first BMW to be offered with 22-inch light-alloy wheels as an option.The X5 xDrive50i is littered with new tech, among them includes a two-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering, an Off-Road Package, Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assistant.

The optional two-axle air suspension allows the rear to be lowered by up to 80mm at the touch of a button or by using the BMW Display Key, for easy loading and the boot cover can now be lowered electronically into the load compartment floor.The Dynamic Damper Control comes as standard, while Adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering (in the X models) enable extremely agile and dynamic driving characteristics.

The Off-Road Package offers four driving modes that adjusts the car’s ride height, xDrive system, throttle and transmission response for terrains like sand, rock, gravel and snow.

Inside, passengers will notice the raised seating position, along with a new design for the instrument cluster and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system (fitted as standard).

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional with the new BMW Operating System 7.0 makes its debut in the new X5. With its clear presentation and structuring, plus customisable and personalised displays, it looks to provide drivers with the right information at the right time. An upgraded BMW Head-Up Display offers a larger display as well as new display content and optimised graphics.

Other new features include multifunction seats, cooled/heated cupholders, the Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, Dynamic Interior Light, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and 10.2-inch touchscreen displays in the second row.

The new X5 comes with a two-section tailgate where if the Comfort Access package is opted, both sections can be opened and closed hands-free. Bootspace can be increased from 645 litres to 1,860 litres with the second row folded. Third row seats for two additional passengers can be specified as an option.The Driver assistance system is enhanced with a Parking Assistant system that now takes over acceleration and braking duties on top of steering the car. Another new addition is the Emergency Stop Assistant, which brings the car safely to a standstill if a medical emergency occurs.

The new BMW X5 is the brand’s first model that can be unlocked by the BMW Digital Key via a smartphone.


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