BMW unveils fourth-generation X5 SUV

BMW has revealed its new X5 crossover for 2018, which has grown in size, gained more safety tech and owns a new look.

As mentioned, this is a much bigger car than its predecessor — with a 36mm increase in length and 19mm increase in height. There’s also a larger kidney grille – a key feature of BMWs – which has been inspired by that of the X7.

From launch, three engines and two trim levels will be available – two diesels with 261bhp and 395bhp and a 335bhp petrol version.

There is the option of xLine and M Sport equipment grades — with standard kit  including LED headlights, (adaptive ‘Laserlights’ are available as an option) 18-inch alloy wheels, a digital instrument cluster, electrically operated heated seats, with prices starting from £56,710 and rising to £70,690 for the range-toppping diesel engine.

This digital instrument cluster is the BMW Live Cockpit Professional display – essentially customisable digital dials. It’s the first BMW to be offered with the system, which is fitted as standard.

The xLine model is tailored as the more rugged choice, with an underguard, roof rails and aluminium window surrounds. M Sport sees the bumper trim, wheel arch and rear underguard painted in body colour.

It’s also available from launch with BMW Individual options – including special colours, gloss black trim, tints for the lights and lighter alloy wheels. It’s also the first BMW to come with 22-inch alloy wheels, too, although don’t expect them to offer anything in terms of ride comfort.

Elsewhere, there’s a new head-up display and a hands-free opening boot. A seven-seat version is expected to be available by the end of 2018.

As for safety, there’s a new ‘Parking Assistant’, which despite its name is not your own valet parker. What it can do is autonomously reverse you down a route you’ve just driven down for 50 metres – presumably country lanes – as well as a panoramic parking camera.

It’s also perhaps the most rugged BMW X car ever made, as it’s the first offered with an ‘Off-Road’ package which comprises twin-axle air suspension, front and rear underguards, as well as off-road specific instrument cluster dials.

The X5 is an important car for BMW – after it all it founded the firm’s SUV line-up, which now consists of six products, and soon-to-be seven with the unveil of the X7. BMW’s sold over 2.2 million X5s in less than 20 years, too.

The new X5 is available to order later this month, with first deliveries expected from November.

Ted Welford


June 6, 2018

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