It’s called the X5 xDrive35d Pleasure3 Edition. Assuming that’s Pleasure x Pleasure x Pleasure?
A pleasure to look at? A pleasure to ride in? A pleasure to drive? Is it 3x the sheer driving pleasure?
Whatever it is, it doesn’t look very pleasureable and from the equipment list plucked from BMW Japan’s site, it seems that the only standout item in the pleasure-soaked SUV are the wheels.
Labelled as “dedicated equipment” on the official site, those are 21-inch Y-spoke style 744 wheels with a two-tone finish. As for tyres, the pleasurable X5 sits on 275/45 tyres in the front and 315/35 tyres at the rear. The wheels on the X5 xDrive45e in Malaysia are only 20-inch in size.
The X5 xDrive35d doesn’t even come with an M Sport body kit, which the xDrive45e PHEV in Malaysia gets as standard. The local model is also fitted with BMW M bits like the M aerodynamic package and M Sport calipers. You Malaysian X5 owners are so fortunate!
The Pleasure Edition comes with colours like the Phytonic Blue and Black Sapphire but they’re optional extras unlike in Malaysia. Also optional is the panoramic glass sunroof and a Harman Kardon sound system; items we get as standard over here with the xDrive45e. There’s still no pleasure in sight.
You do get the air suspension system, the glossy brown wood trims, BMW Individual anthracite roof lining, Vernasca leather seats and a head up display.
The biggest difference though, between the Pleasure and plug-in hybrid we get in Malaysia is that the former comes with 3rd row seats; with air con vents in the centre console, to comfortably accommodate two more passengers. The variant in Malaysia is only a 5-seater. In Malaysia, only the BMW X7 comes with seven seats.
Maybe that’s what they were trying to imply with the Pleasure3 name – pleasure in all three rows. hat a way to put it though. Perhaps it sounded better in Japanese.
The xDrive35d is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six diesel engine, paired to an 8-speed automatic with 286 hp and 650 Nm of brute force.