2014 BMW X5 officially unveiled [videos]

BMW has officially unveiled the 2014 X5, following this afternoon's leak.

Looking instantly recognizable, the redesigned crossover has evolutionary styling which closely mimics the outgoing model. Despite the déjà vu design, the 2014 X5 has a more prominent grille, an aerodynamic front bumper and optional LED adaptive headlights. Other touches include rear "Aero Blades" and new "Air Curtains" that promise to reduce drag by routing air around the wheel arches.

The interior is pretty familiar but adopts higher quality materials and an improved design. Key features include LED ambient lighting, a freestanding iDrive display, gloss black accents and Oxide Silver, Aluminum Hexagon or Poplar Grain wood trim. Due to the model's increased dimensions, there's additional interior room and a more accommodating boot that can hold up to 1,870 liters (66 cubic feet) of luggage.

Options include comfort / sport seats, a reclining second row and heated / ventilated front seats. The model can also be equipped with four-zone automatic climate control, a third row seat, a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen audio system as well as a new rear seat entertainment system with two "tablet-style" displays.

At launch, the model will be offered with three different engines. The X5 xDrive50i features a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that develops 450 HP (330 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 10.4 - 10.5 L/100km (26.9 - 27.2 mpg UK / 22.4 - 22.6 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 242 to 244 g/km.

Next up, the X5 xDrive30d has a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 258 HP (190 kW) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph). Thanks to its fuel-efficient engine, the X5 xDrive30d averages 6.2 L/100km (45.6 mpg UK / 37.9 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 162 to 164 g/km.

Lastly, the X5 M50d has a tri-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine which produces 381 HP (280 kW) and 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to run from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite the impressive performance, the model returns 6.7 L/100km (42.2 mpg UK / 35.1 mpg US) and has CO2 emissions of 177 g/km.

On the handling front, BMW offers a variety of suspension packages. The Dynamic adaptive suspension package comes with Dynamic Drive active roll stabilization, while the Comfort active suspension package has a rear air suspension and Dynamic Damper Control. If those choices sound like two different extremes, the Professional adaptive suspension package promises to deliver the best of both worlds as it combines the features of Comfort and Dynamic suspension packages. Lastly, ordering the M Sport package equips the model with an Adaptive M suspension that has Dynamic Damper Control, a rear air suspension and sportier tuning all-around.

The 2014 BMW X5 will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Germany deliveries are scheduled for November.

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