Its predecessor paved the way for a brand-new type of vehicle. Now the new BMW X5 raises the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) driving experience to an even higher standard. Powerful eight and six-cylinder engines, unique suspension, enhanced BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, as well as a weight-optimized bodyshell with extreme torsional stiffness all interact to ensure excellent agility and dynamic performance.
The new BMW X5 is the only vehicle in its segment available with both Active Steering, developed by BMW, and AdaptiveDrive (a combination of Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control). It is also the first SAV fitted with runflat tires as standard equipment.
The powerful elegance of the exterior design, just like the flexible and elegant interior, clearly underlines the dynamic character of the new BMW X5.
The new X5 will be available in the U.S. with either a 4.8-liter V8 capable of 350 horsepower or a 3.0-liter inline-six with 260 horsepower.
The all-new X5 has all the attributes that made the original Sports Activity Vehicle such an innovative concept, and elevates them to new standards.
The interior of the original X5 was one of its hallmarks. The interior in the new BMW X5 combines the most sophisticated materials with numerous innovative options, thus a first-class ambience.
The new BMW X5 is 7.4 inches longer than its predecessor. However, the body designers have maintained the typical proportions of BMW’s outstanding SAV, as well as the overall sporting character of the vehicle. The extra size only becomes apparent at first glance within the interior of the new BMW X5.
Significant ground clearance and the high, command seating position continue to characterize the unique driving experience. At the same time the interior is even more flexible than before and, for the first time, allows the integration of an optional, third row of seats. Just as with the original, the interior of the new X5 is characterized by premium flair and a wide range of features which set new standards for vehicles in this segment.
The new BMW X5 further enhances its leadership in driving dynamics. While the previous model was successful in setting and remaining the benchmark in this respect throughout its entire product cycle, BMW’s drivetrain and chassis development specialists have now set the standard even higher in terms of power and performance, agility, dynamics, and ride comfort. They have achieved this while retaining the basic principles of unit-body design, independent suspension, and full-time, electronically controlled variable all-wheel drive.
Both engines for the BMW X5 have been substantially upgraded in power, performance and refinement. The chassis and suspension – which enable this new-found power and performance to be used to best effect on road, track or no road at all – is brand-new from the ground up.
The new BMW X5 boasts a double wishbone front suspension, which is noteworthy for this type of vehicle. This optimizes tire contact on the road and makes the new X5 capable of reaching impressively high cornering forces.
The integral IV rear suspension, patented by BMW, also helps to give the new BMW X5 truly outstanding potential on the road. Through its configuration, the rear suspension is better able to separate the driving and shock-absorbing functions. The wheel mounts and suspension subframe, as well as no less than four control arms, takes up drive and dynamic forces fed into the suspension. Lastly, soft front swing mounts on the rear suspension subframe, optimize the longitudinal suspension of the wheel guidance elements and enhance ride comfort substantially.
The new BMW X5 remains sure-footed and agile in every situation and on every surface thanks largely to BMW’s intelligent, full-time xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Under normal driving conditions, drive forces are spread out front-to-rear in a 40 : 60 split. Reacting extremely quickly and precisely, xDrive ensures variable power distribution front-to-rear as soon as a specific driving situation or surface conditions require.
To perform this function, BMW xDrive features a center differential with an electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch which feeds the power of the engine to where it can be used to best effect. Hence, this all-wheel-drive system, which was introduced by BMW, offers a level of security in spirited driving. It works to counteract any over- or understeer in bends immediately by moving power to the front or the rear as required to help stabilize the vehicle.
It goes without saying that a premium segment SAV requires and deserves a choice of powerplants which provide impressive torque and power combined with outstanding running refinement. For the U.S. there will be two models, one six cylinder and one V8.
The V8 in the BMW X5 4.8i offers a high level of performance at all times. Upgraded and renewed in virtually every respect, this top-of-the-line engine develops a maximum output of 350 hp from an engine capacity of 4,799 cubic centimeters. In addition to double-VANOS variable camshaft adjustment and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve drive, the V8 now comes with even more sophisticated and efficient engine management.
The V8 in the new BMW X5 4.8i develops maximum torque of 350 lb-ft from 3,400 to 3,800 rpm, offering efficient dynamics of the highest standard. Accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, this top-end model will not disappoint the true driving enthusiast.
The inline-six in the new BMW X5 3.0si likewise reflects the latest state of the art in engine design. This 3.0-liter engine combines smooth, linear response with superior refinement and harmony. Maximum output is 260 hp, peak torque of 225 lb-ft comes at 2,750 rpm. The BMW X5 3.0si accelerates to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
Double-VANOS and VALVETRONIC also help to give this engine optimum output and efficiency. Engine weight has been reduced at the same time thanks to the magnesium/ aluminum crankcase. It reduces the overall weight of the new six-cylinder by 22 lbs to just 355 lbs – an advantage which helps to achieve near-perfect weight balance and reduce vehicle weight.
The automatic transmission is controlled by a new electronic gear selector featured for the first time on the new BMW X5. The new electronic gearshift selector lever moves back to its starting position after each use.
BMW’s engineers and designers have succeeded in making the body of the new X5 even stiffer. To provide additional space and extra solidity without a significant increase in weight, the engineers have concentrated consistently on intelligent lightweight technology.
The higher, command seating position and the arrangement of the driver-oriented instrument panel convey the impression of uninhibited control. All functions and displays in the comfort zone in the middle of the dashboard are clear and easy-to-read even by the front passenger. The Control Display for the BMW iDrive operating system is housed on the instrument panel at the same level as the circular instruments putting it directly in the line of vision of both the driver and front passenger.
Source: BMW press