The “new” BMW X5
The BMW X5 is a premium brand Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and is about to enter the third phase of its life. However, for the first time the X5 will be married to a four cylinder 2.0 turbo diesel power plant. This will be the first time that the luxury 4WD has been combined with such an engine, and expectations are high with around 215bhp on tap.
The “lead in” derivative will be the xDrive25d. Running this new engine indicates the car will have a CO2 emission figure of circa 155g/km. In comparison to the current competition this is only marginally worse than the hybrid powered Lexus RX450H, but slightly better than the Mercedes-Benz four cylinder 250 CDi BlueTEC unit. This new 2.0 diesel car is expected to be launched during the early part of 2014, several months after we will first sight the new X5 in October this year.
Early signs show that the car has a longer and wider floor than the outgoing model. The three metre plus wheelbase should promise even more interior space, and again, there will be a seven seat option available to order along with an ample 600 litre boot space for those growing families. This interior has also been totally refreshed, and it will feature the dash mounted satellite navigation inspired from the current BMW 3 Series.
From the exterior spy shots seen, the car seems to be the expected evolution from the outgoing model. The large BMW kidney shaped grille is clearly evident (as ever) along with re-vamped headlights similar to the 3 Series. There will initially be a total of three engine offerings from launch prior to the two litre derivative hitting the roads next year. These are expected to be two power levels of the 3.0 six cylinder turbo diesel engine and a likely addition of the 4.4 litre V8 petrol. However, next year there are likely to be two more offerings to add along with the 2.0 litre diesel including a 3.0 litre petrol straight six. Start / Stop technology is likely to feature along with an eight speed automatic transmission. No doubt in due course a coupe X6 will follow in its footsteps.
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8 August 2013
Written by Simon