BMW is currently preparing for its X line of crossovers and SUV to undergo a total makeover. They will be arriving either as totally new models or facelifts within the next two years. The success of the original X5 had taken the automaker by surprise. Of the five SAVs that will arrive, the most important is the X5, from which a new generation will debut, the F15. It will come in 2013 or later to replace the E70, a model that had its launch in 2006 and that had gotten a facelift in February 2010.
The new generation is focused on lightness. It’s believed that the off-roaders of the Audi and Land Rover will shed hundreds of kilos. The first generation X5 model that had its launch in 1999 as a 2000 model had borrowed its technology from the Range Rover, such as with the hill-descent control system and the two-piece tailgate design.
However, the existing generation has all the new platform with revised suspension and an enhanced xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.
After using plenty of aluminum and smaller, turbocharged engine to reduce weight and enhance the fuel economy, it’s possible that the F15 generation of BMW X5 will have some changes in its proportions too.
XL5 is probably the name for a long wheelbase version that is in development. This may be the answer to the Q7 rather than the rumored X7. The X5 name is the oldest in the business and is believed to be more marketable than the X7 being rumored.
The BMW X5 originated the Sports Activity Vehicle segment and has since led worldwide sales in this class, with over 1.3 million units in only its first two generations. Now, it is set to continue its winning streak with the launch of the third generation X5. With this new model, BMW is again out to set the standard for compelling design, spaciousness, elegance, versatility, driving pleasure, efficiency and technological features. The new BMW X5 presents itself as a solidly versatile package able to cater to a wide range of stringent customer demands.
Customers who want special or individualised external or internal configurations can select specifications for basic automobile equipment with the M Sport package and the Pure Experience and Pure Excellence "design worlds". The interior ambience of the new BMW X5 is conspicuously luxurious, with an elegant design composed of premium materials and with advanced functions for comfort and convenience.
The new X5 line features the standard BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive (except the BMW X5 sDrive25d). Dynamic Performance Control works with xDrive when either the Dynamic and Professional adaptive suspension packages are specified. The Dynamic adaptive suspension package will have Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation for optimising the car’s sporty driving character.
Another option is the Comfort active suspension package, which improves ride comfort with Dynamic Damper Control and rear axle air suspension. When the M Sport package is selected, Adaptive M suspension is included. This also features Dynamic Damper Control and rear-axle air suspension, and is particularly tuned for sportiness. Lastly, the Professional adaptive suspension package blends the Comfort and Dynamic features and lets the driver select either the trademark BMW sporty ride or the comfortably smoother one, at any time.
Upon the X5’s launch, the available engines include a 330 kW/450hp V8 for the BMW X5 xDrive50i and a 190 kW/258hp six-cylinder in-line diesel for the BMW X5 xDrive30d. Additionally, there is the M Performance Automobile, which is the BMW X5 M50d. The entire line complies with the EU6 exhaust requirements.
The X5 Sports Activity Vehicle line features BMW EfficientDynamics technology, which ensures enhanced performance but with less petrol expenditure and CO2 emissions. The attainment of improved fuel economy over the previous generation is due to solutions such as smarter lightweight construction procedures and aerodynamic refinements. To illustrate, the new BMW X5 xDrive30d now has a lower drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.31 than any vehicle in its class.