The New BMW X5 is out ahead of the Paris motor show. The car will be available in December 2018 to order and prices are likely to start around the £55,000 mark. The car is destined to compete against the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90.
All cars will be available with the new 8 speed automatic gearbox and there will be two diesel engines available and a petrol. A hybrid engine has not been released as of yet but I have no doubt BMW will release one in the near future. There will be an X530d and a new X550d which will do 0-60 in 5.2 seconds and has 395 bhp. The petrol engine is a thirsty 3.0 petrol but with the decrease in popularity in diesels this may make up 15% of sales.
BMW have made the car available to drivers who occasionally want to take the car off road, however don’t expect it to be able to compete with a Range Rover sport or even a Mercedes GLE. The air suspension can be raised by 80mm and the 4 wheel steering will help the car navigate down difficult tracks, although most owners won’t be venturing any further than the school sports field or the garden centre overflow car park. Technology in the car is an improvement over the predecessor as well. Traffic Jam assist keeps the car in a lane with semi-autonomous steering input, and will merge into a clear lane when the indicator stalk is held in the desired direction. Another system, Emergency Stop Assistant, is able to step in if the driver becomes suddenly incapacitated, bringing the X5 safely to a standstill. It will even perform lane changes to pull the BMW to a stop on a hard shoulder. This system is available on other BMW models but the X5 will be the first model that has this in its standard spec. Optional kit includes a panoramic glass sunroof, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, a pair of 10.2-inch touchscreens for rear seat passengers.
In terms of practicality the boot size of the car seems to be smaller even though the car has grown in size. The boot size is only a mere 640 litre. That said the car is still available as a 7 seater and BMW say that despite less boot space, leg room has actually increased. The boot of course uses the split tailgate we are familiar with on BMW X models and is electrically operated. We will be launching prices on the new X5 shortly but in the meantime check out our amazing prices on the current BMW X5.
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