BMW starts building third-generation X5 (F15)

Article by Anita Panait, on August 8, 2013

BMW has started building the third-generation BMW X5 as well as equivalent dealer vehicles designed to generate attractions and sales in their respective regions. The first of these X5s is a Mineral White M50d equipped with a six-cylinder inline diesel engine featuring M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology.

The BMW X5 M50d boasts of Exclusive Nappa Mocha leather interior and will be exported to a dealer in Eastern Europe. The third-generation BMW X5 is out to set new standards in design, luxury, versatility and driving enjoyment. Interested customers could choose from a number of engine variants for their own unit of the third-generation BMW X5.

For instance, the new X5 sDrive35i and X5 xDrive35i are powered by the widely acclaimed 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine that provides up to 300 hp of output at 5,800 rpm and up to 300 lb-ft of torque from 1,200 to 5,000 rpm. 

X5 xDrive 50i is powered by the new TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers up to 445 hp of output between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and up to 480 lb-ft of torque between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm.

BMW X5 xDrive35d, meanwhile, is powered by 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that benefits from VNT turbo charging and common rail direct injection, allowing it to provide up to 255 hp of output and up to 413 lb-ft of torque accessible between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.

The third-generation BMW X5 boasts of a front-end that features a dynamic look, highlighted by twin circular headlight units that extend into the BMW kidney grill. The BMW X5 is regarded as the creator of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment and is considered as the global market leader in its class.

3rd generation of the BMW X5 offers a reinterpretation of the design language unique to the BMW X model family. Of course, BMW X models – known for their on-the-road presence, robustness and versatility -- are laden with a number of signature BMW design cues that reinforce these attributes.

As designed, the new BMW X5 has proportions defined by a long wheelbase, a short front overhang and upright A-pillars as well as a short gap between the front axle and instrument panel. The front end of the new X5 allows it to be recognizable as part of the X model family, thanks to certain cues like the muscular BMW kidney grille flanked by twin circular headlights and front foglamps, and the bumper's X-shaped contour lines.

The broad-set kidney grille of the new BMW X5 is designed that it extends to the headlamp units, while the BMW twin circular headlights also stretch to the flanks of the vehicle. The light rings of the headlights are now leveled off at the bottom, with the top edge overlapped by a LED accent light. The 3D design of the lights and their chrome inserts help highlight the X5’s personality.

Offered as options are LED front foglamps and Adaptive LED Headlights featuring horizontal light sources in the center of the light rings. Interestingly, xenon headlights are standard on the BMW X5 xDrive50i and BMW X5 M50d models.

Press Release

Production of the Third-Generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle Begins at BMW Manufacturing Co.

Production of the third-generation BMW X5 officially began today with the manufacture of dealer vehicles designed to generate excitement and sales in their region. The first, new BMW X5 is a Mineral White M50d (six-cylinder inline diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology). It features Exclusive Nappa Mocha leather interior and will be exported to a dealer in Eastern Europe.

“Since 1999, the X5 has been a significant contributor to the Spartanburg plant’s global success,” said BMW Manufacturing President, Josef Kerscher. “Our team will continue to build the next-generation X5 with the superior quality that our customers around the world have come to expect from South Carolina.”

The third-generation BMW X5, creator of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment and global market leader in its class, sets new standards in powerful design, luxurious spaciousness, cutting-edge versatility and efficient driving pleasure.

The new BMW X5 offers noticeable advances over its predecessor:

  •  Three engine variants at launch: BMW X5 xDrive50i with a new generation of the V8 petrol engine (330 kW/450 hp), BMW X5 xDrive30d with revised six-cylinder in-line diesel unit (190 kW/258 hp) and the BMW X5 M50d M Performance Automobile with tri-turbo six-cylinder in-line diesel (280 kW/381 hp). In December 2013, the BMW X5 xDrive40d, BMW X5 xDrive35i, BMW X5 xDrive25d and BMW X5 sDrive25d (with CO2 emissions of just 149 g/km) will be added to the range.
  • The design proportions of the third-generation Sports Activity Vehicle are defined by a characteristic, evolutionary development of body design from the predecessor model. The front-end features a powerful, alert look, with twin circular headlight units extending into the BMW kidney grill. The new X5 reveals an elegantly stretched silhouette, eye-catching swag line over the athletically molded wheel arches, horizontal lines and taut surfaces at the rear. The vehicle’s aerodynamic properties integrate harmoniously into its overall design language, including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and Aero Blades for the rear window. Finally, the bumper’s X-shaped contour lines clearly designate it as a member of the BMW X model family.
  • The new vehicle is engineered with a commitment to reducing fuel consumption and emissions through weight minimization, optimized air guidance, engine technology and the standard-fitted – and extremely efficient – eight-speed automatic gearbox with additional BMW EfficientDynamics technology. It features Auto Start Stop function, ECO PRO mode including coasting function and Proactive Driving Assistant. All models have the EU6 rating.
  • The new X5 is the only vehicle in its segment available with Active Steering, a technology developed by BMW, and AdaptiveDrive, a combination of Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control, which offers greater handling capability and ride quality. It is also the first SAV fitted with run-flat tires as standard equipment.

The final second-generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle was produced at BMW’s South Carolina plant on Friday, June 28. The Titanium Silver Metallic 4.4-liter, 400-hp V8 engine BMW X5 xDrive50i with Sand Beige Perforated Nevada Leather and M Sport Package will become part of the permanent BMW historic car collection. Between September 2006 and June 2013, the plant in Spartanburg produced 728,107 second-generation X5 models, making this model series the best-selling in the history of the plant.

Since 1999, more than 1.3 million X5’s have been produced for global customers. The X5 Sports Activity Vehicle is produced exclusively at BMW Manufacturing Co. for distribution to more than 140 worldwide markets.

Topics: bmw, bmw x5, production

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