You’ve seen our coverage of it at the Singapore Motor Show but the all-new BMW X5 is finally here in Malaysia in the form of the fully-imported xDrive40i M Sport, priced at RM640,000.
For starters, the new X5 gets the Adaptive LED headlights complemented by 20-inch light alloy wheels and M Sport Brakes finished in dark blue while at the back, the X5’s LED wrap-around tail lights project a 3D look.
As for dimensions, the X5 has grown longer by 36mm at 4,922mm, wider by 66mm at 2,004mm and a 19mm higher roofline, standing at 1,745mm tall. With the increase in dimensions, it can gobble up anywhere between 650 litres to 1,870 litres of cargo.
As it is the xDrive40i, under the hood rests a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine making 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque – capable propelling it from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.5 seconds; with fuel consumption rated at 9.2L/100km.
The potent powerplant is paired to BMW’s famed 8-speed Steptronic transmission, as it channels power to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Under the shell is a double wishbone setup in the front, with a five-link rear suspension taking care of the road’s undulations. The X5’s ride quality, handling and road holding is also enhanced with the Adaptive M Suspension.
Inside, the X5 features a whole new experience with striking aesthetics like never before. Main “M features” include the M leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, M stainless steel pedal, M door sills and sports seats wrapped in Vernasca leather.
Adding to the conveniences and luxurious touches are the panoramic sunroof with 30% increase in size, 4-zone air conditioning system, BMW’s Rear Seat Entertainment Professional which consists of two touchscreen displays behind the front seats and a cargo cover which can be electrically-retracted.
With the Comfort Access feature, the two-piece tailgate can be opened and closed at the touch of a button.
From the driver seat, owners would be greeted by the new BMW Live Cockpit Professional as seen in the new G20 BMW 3-series launched here recently, along with a 12.3-inch infotainment display. Looking ahead, drivers would also notice BMW’s new head-up display which is now 70% larger than before.
Supporting the driver on the road is BMW’s latest Personal CoPilot driver assistance system which includes the cruise control system with braking function, Lane Departure Warning with steering intervention, Frontal Collision Warning with braking intervention that also now responds to cyclists on the road, rear cross traffic warning and rear collision prevention.
Due to the car’s sheer size, parking is made more convenient with the Park Assist feature, supported by the Reversing Assistant system which can trace the car’s route (up to the last 50 metres), take over the steering wheel and reverse itself out – a highly welcomed feature for those who’ve always struggled to maneuver such a massive vehicle.
Part of the BMW Connected Drive service also allows owners to utilise BMW’s Digital Key to lock or unlock the car via a smartphone simply by holding it close to the driver’s door handle.
Starting the engine merely requires the smartphone to be placed on the Near Field Communication (NFC) surface. The Digital Key can be shared with up to five additional smartphones.
The all-new BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport is available in Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Artic Grey and Phytonic Blue. The Vernasca Leather upholstery is available in the classic Black with Aluminium Tetragon for Mineral White and Black Sapphire.
The all-new BMW X5 is accompanied by BMW’s 5-Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Programme and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme.