All-New BMW X5 Officially Revealed | New-found comfort and refinement
German luxury automaker BMW has officially revealed the fourth-generation X5. BMW has amazingly updated the luxury SUV with the addition of new features along with subtle changes to the exterior. The first generation BMW X5 made its debut in 2000 and till now the brand has sold 2.2 million units of the crossover SUV.
Based on the BMW’s CLAR platform that also underpins the company's 5-series and 7-series luxury sedans, the next-gen BMW X5 is grown and bigger as compared to its predecessor. The new BMW X5 now measures 4,921mm x 1,970mm x 1,737mm in length, width and height respectively and hence it has grown by 35mm, 32mm and 11mm respectively as compared to the previous model. Though the upcoming BMW X5 has grown bigger, but the boot space remains the same at 645 litres that expands to 1,640 litres when the rear seat is folded.
In terms of looks and styling, the next gen X5 will offer BMW’s signature kidney grille that is now interlinked, adaptive LED headlights at the front with an optional laser lighting system, the side profile gets a mix of subtle curves and straight lines helpful in balancing out the slightly more squared-off look of the X5 while the rear offers rectangular tail-lamps and the powered split tailgate making it unique among other BMW SUVs. The new generation BMW X5 runs 20-inch alloy wheels as standard while 21-inch and 22-inch wheels are available as optional.
At the inside, the fourth- gen BMW X5 will come loaded with premiumness in the form of a 12.3-inch colored instrument cluster along with an infotainment screen having the same size, both being running BMW's iDrive system operating system along with a 20 speaker, 1500 watt Bowers & Wilkins system. Other highlights include the panoramic sunroof that offers a 30 percent larger see-through area when compared to the existing model.
Under the hood, the upcoming BMW X5 will come powered by a range of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines including the 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of churning out a maximum power output of 340 bhp along with a peak torque of 500 Nm and the diesel engine is capable of producing 265 bhp and 600 Nm. However, the top of the range M50d M performance variant will come powered by a similar 3.0-litre diesel with an increased power output of 400 bhp and 720 Nm of torque. The transmission duties in all these variants will be performed by an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Apart from these, a 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol engine with a plug-in hybrid set up will also be added at a later stage in the line-up. BMW is also offering an off-road package with the new X5 for the first time.
The crossover is expected to make its way to the Indian market sometime by 2019, though the official confirmation is still awaited. The X5 is expected to go on sale in global markets towards the end of this year. In terms of rival, the upcoming BMW X5 will lock horns with the next-generation Mercedes GLE that is still under testing period.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming BMW X5.
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