The new model has been developed under the code-name E70. However, looking closer, the main difference is that the newcomer is about 16 cm longer and 6 cm wider than the current model.

Caught on the Road

At first sight the second generation X5 looks like it carries on with the main characteristics from its predecessor. The new model has been developed under the code-name E70.

However, looking closer, the main difference is that the newcomer is about 16 cm longer and 6 cm wider than the current model. It is thus providing enough room for a third row of seats. Like with all the other modern luxury off roaders, also the new X5 can seat up to seven passengers, which quite obviously has become a must. Also the dashboard of BMW’s biggest off roader has been carefully revised to incorporate all new technical gadgets like a radar governed cruise control and BMW’s first night vision. An evolution of BMW’s x-Drive AWD system is in place, plus advanced wheel-by-wheel traction control.

Power is expected to come from two revamped Diesel engines, a 3,0 litre six cylinder / 231 HP and a 4,5 litre V8 / 330 HP. And from fuel engines starting with a 3,0 litre six cylinder / 258 HP up to a new V8 5,0 litre / 367 HP.

The new X5’s release is scheduled for October 2006, an M-version could be in the pipeline for later on.

The photos are showing:

  • First photo has been mildly altered by computer.
  • The other photos are showing various prototypes with very little disguise during road testing around Munich.

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