BMW Asia and Performance Motors today launched the all-new BMW X5, a car with eye-catching off-road attributes and assured performance on rough ground combined with the premium characteristics and signature dynamics of a BMW: this was the blueprint with which BMW launched the all-new Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) category almost 20 years ago. The first example of the breed was the BMW X5, making it the founding father of the BMW X model family and the market leader in the premium all-wheel drive segment – a status it maintains to this day.
More than 2.2 million examples of the BMW X5 have been sold across its three model generations. And the new car puts down another marker in terms of design and technology. The all-new BMW X5 will again be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US state of South Carolina. This centre of expertise for BMW X models also handles production of the BMW X3, BMW X4, BMW X6 – and will soon add the BMW X7 to its roster as well.
New design language exudes robust assurance and authority.
A wheelbase 42 mm longer than its predecessor’s (now 2,975 millimetres), a 36 mm increase in vehicle length (to 4,922 millimetres), an extra 66 mm of width (now 2,004 millimetres) and a 19 mm increase in height (to 1,745 millimetres) give the all-new BMW X5 both an imposing appearance and generous levels of space for passengers and their luggage. The latest X5 retains the hallmark proportions of an SAV, but the pared-back design language – clean surfacing and precise lines accentuating the car’s robustness, elegant poise and muscular authority – is new. A powerfully sculpted bonnet, a short front overhang, lightly hexagonal wheel arches and the dynamic sweep of the roofline provide further references to the sporty yet rugged character of the all-new X5.
The most striking feature of the front end is the large BMW kidney grille with single-piece surround. The all-new BMW X5 comes as standard with LED headlights, while BMW Laserlight can be specified as an option. This optional system employs a BMW Laserlight spotlight with Selective Beam to optimise the high beam function, and as a result the range of the non-dazzling high beam has been increased to around 500 metres. Blue x-shaped elements, which split up the hexagonal light sources inside the familiar BMW twin headlights, make a distinctive visual statement.
The precise character line in the car’s flanks, which rises up at the rear door, contributes to the modern appearance of the all-new BMW X5. It defines the car’s powerful shoulders and feeds into the rear lights, which extend well into the flanks. At the rear, too, all the lights feature LED technology. The three-dimensional design of their glass covers lends them a sculpted, technical edge. Diagonal accent lines give the rear a compact and brawny appearance.
xLine model variant, options from BMW Individual.
Distinctive design features mark out the xLine model variant of the all-new BMW X5. The xLine model uses exterior cues including kidney grill bars in aluminium matt, an underguard, roof rails and side window surrounds in Aluminium satinated, plus other accents in Pearl-effect Chrome, to accentuate the off-road character of the all-new BMW X5. The car comes as standard with 20-inch light-alloy wheels in V-spoke style. The M Sport model variant will be optionally available and displayed at the Singapore Motorshow 2019.
The all-new BMW X5 will also be available from launch with model-specific options from BMW Individual. Indeed, customers looking to bring extra exclusivity to the exterior design of their car can specify the BMW Individual paint finish Sunstone metallic, extended BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line, tinted headlights and rear lights, painted BMW Individual brake callipers and 22-inch BMW Individual light-alloy wheels.
Interior and equipment.
Modern, clearly structured and elegant surfacing radiates a generous feeling of space inside the all-new BMW X5. Indeed, the front and rear occupants all enjoy ample accommodation amid an exclusive ambience. The instrument panel is broken up by sweeping horizontal lines, which combine with classy electroplated trim elements to emphasize the width of the interior. And with its large trim finisher and surrounds likewise made up of electroplated elements, the centre console – rising up to the instrument panel – also contributes to the handsome overall impression.
The raised seating position, driver-focused cockpit and new design and arrangement of the controls offer the person at the wheel the best possible view of proceedings and enable him or her to maintain supreme control over the task of driving. The fully-digital instrument cluster and the Control Display are connected visually by consistency of design and also share the same graphics. The centre console hosts the Controller, the newly designed transmission selector lever and all other driving-related controls – i.e. the Driving Experience Control switch, the start/stop button and the buttons to activate the air suspension settings and off-road modes (if specified). A similarly new-look control panel for the heating and air conditioning is also on hand, and the light functions in the all-new BMW X5 are likewise operated using buttons.
The carefully selected materials in the interior include the new Vernasca variant for the standard leather upholstery. Like the optional BMW Individual extended Merino leather trim, it is available in five colours. The all-new BMW X5 is fitted as standard with electrically adjustable sports seats. Customers can also specify optional multifunction seats with massage function and seat ventilation for the driver and front passenger.
xLine model with distinctive interior design.
The xLine model also comes with specific design features that bring a distinctive flair to the interior. The interior appointments for the xLine model accentuate the car’s robust versatility and luxurious ambience. These include contrast stitching for the seat surfaces and illuminated door sill plates.
Innovations conceived to promote well-being and enhance luxury.
Other new features designed to maximise the feel-good factor and luxurious ambience on board the all-new BMW X5 include the standard four-zone air conditioning system and the optional panoramic glass roof, whose clear surface is 30 per cent larger than on the outgoing car. The optional Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, meanwhile, generates a very special and exclusive aura when darkness falls, with LED light spreading evenly across the glass surface to illuminate more than 15,000 graphic patterns and generate a display reminiscent of a starlit sky. The colour scheme of this atmospheric light show can be adapted as desired. The standard ambient lighting includes the Welcome Light Carpet – which illuminates the entry area to the car when the doors are unlocked or opened – and Dynamic Interior Light, which emits pulsating light signals in pre-defined situations: they are activated in the lining of a door or doors opened while the engine is running and in the instrument panel when a phone call is incoming.
The optional Ambient Air package enables air ionisation and infuses the interior with eight individually selectable scents. A luxurious audio experience is laid on by the Harman Kardon surround sound system that comes with a digital amplifier with individually adjustable equalising, 464 W amplifier power, 9 channels and speaker bezels with Harman Kardon designation. The optional Rear-seat entertainment Professional system comprises of a pair of 10.2-inch full-HD touchscreen displays, a Blu-ray-compatible DVD player, two USB ports, an HDMI socket and two headphone jacks. The system is part of the new display and control concept and allows those in the rear of the vehicle to select and operate entertainment functions. The rear-seat passengers can use both their own media sources and those available in the front compartment. A navigation map and BMW ConnectedDrive services can also be accessed in the rear seats.
The all-new BMW X5 can now also be specified with thermo-cupholders foremost in the centre console; the containers here can be kept cool or warm, as required. Elsewhere, the optional glass applications for selected controls bring an all-new flourish to the interior of the all-new BMW X5. This exclusive design feature has been developed for the transmission selector lever, the Controller, the start/stop button and the volume control button for the audio system.
Versatile functionality: two-section tailgate, third row of seats.
As well as increased levels of comfort and exclusivity, the all-new BMW X5 now also offers enhanced functionality. Folding down the 40 : 20 : 40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 645 litres to a maximum 1,860 litres. The all-new BMW X5 also has a two-section tailgate for ease of loading. With the standard Comfort Access feature, both sections can be opened and closed automatically and hands-free. Added to which, the boot cover now lowers electrically into the load compartment floor.
With the third row of seats (expected availability: Q2 2019), customers may also order the rear seats with electric fore-and-aft adjustment. A control panel in the boot can be used to slide the second-row seats forwards or backwards and fold down the backrests of the second and third rows. Plus, the second-row seats can be tilted forward electrically to ease progress into and out of the two third-row seats.
Powertrain and driving experience.
The all-new BMW X5 is being launched with a one petrol representative from the latest generation of engines. A six-cylinder in-line unit is found under the bonnet of the all-new BMW X5 xDrive40i. The engine channels its power through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is on hand to ensure that power is translated into secure progression – on or off road.
The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package for the petrol engine comprises of a turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing.
Straight-six petrol engine with an inimitable thirst for revs.
The power unit fitted in the all-new BMW X5 xDrive40i boasts the free-revving ability inherent in all six-cylinder in-line engines from BMW, plus wonderfully eager response. The 3.0-litre unit employs a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct petrol injection technology whose maximum pressure of 350 bar ensures the fuel is delivered in extremely precise doses. The straight-six generates its maximum output of 340 hp between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm, while the peak torque of 450 Nm is waiting to be unleashed from 1,500 – 5,200 rpm. The all-new BMW X5 xDrive40i completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 5.5 seconds.
Eight-speed Steptronic transmission with sportier shift characteristics.
The engine of the all-new BMW X5 links up with a new, improved version of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, whose wider ratio spread and new control electronics help to increase the powertrain’s overall efficiency. New torsion dampers reduce rotational irregularities and converter slip for superior shift comfort. And optimised hydraulic control enables even sportier gear shifts.
Optimum power distribution courtesy of efficiency-enhanced xDrive all-wheel drive and an electronically controlled rear differential lock.
The task of maximising traction, agility and directional stability in the all-new BMW X5 falls to the latest generation of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which is able to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels with even greater precision and speed, as the situation demands. For added efficiency, full power can be directed to the rear wheels only in situations where all-wheel drive is surplus to requirements. The new xDrive system also offers a rear-biased set-up for those occasions when the driver adopts a particularly dynamic style at the wheel.
New chassis systems enhance off-road ability, sportiness and comfort.
The design principle underpinning the chassis – based on a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle – also ticks all the right boxes for supreme traction on rough terrain, coupled with excellent dynamic responses and ride comfort in road driving. The SAV now comes as standard with the Dynamic Damper Control system, whose electronically controlled dampers sharpen the car’s handling dynamics at the same time as increasing ride and suspension comfort. The driver can select from two performance maps – for a more comfort-oriented or sportier driving style – using the Driving Experience Control switch.
An array of chassis systems available in a BMW X model for the first time make it possible to boost the off-road performance, sportiness or comfort of the all-new BMW X5 more intensely and effectively than ever before. The optional Integral Active Steering endows the car with exceptionally agile and dynamic driving qualities.
Integral Active Steering (likewise available as an individual option) is also operated electromechanically. By turning the rear wheels in either the same direction as the front wheels or the opposite direction – depending on the vehicle speed – it optimises cornering agility, ensures effortless lane changes and helps the vehicle to dart through city traffic. Integral Active Steering therefore makes light work of manoeuvring into and out of tight parking spots, while also increasing stability when overtaking at motorway speeds.
The two-axle air suspension system with automatic self-levelling will be welcomed by anyone seeking greater ride comfort. The suspension’s air supply is controlled individually for each wheel using an electrically driven compressor with pressure reservoir, enabling it to balance out an unevenly loaded vehicle. Since the air suspension works in tandem with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, the vehicle load registered by its sensors can be factored into braking calculations.
When the SPORT driving mode is engaged or the vehicle’s speed exceeds 138 km/h, its ride height is automatically lowered by 20 millimetres. The driver can also adjust the body’s ground clearance – for off-road driving, for example – by pushing a button in the cockpit. It can be raised in two stages to a maximum of 40 millimetres above the standard setting. Another button in the luggage compartment activates a loading mode that lowers the vehicle by 40 millimetres. The next time the engine is started, the system will automatically revert to the last mode selected. The desired vehicle ride height can even be set with the engine switched off. The optional BMW Display Key can also be used to access this function.
Customers can also specify an Off-Road package, which is being offered here in a BMW X model for the first time. The package’s specification includes rugged underguard elements at the front and rear of the vehicle, along with the two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled rear differential lock. The Off-Road package also features its own special graphics in the instrument cluster and Control Display, and an extra button on the centre console for selecting the four driving modes. The driver can therefore activate the ideal settings for the vehicle’s ride height, the xDrive system, the accelerator response, the transmission control, and the DSC system’s corrective inputs in preparation for driving on a range of surfaces, such as sand, rock, gravel or snow.
Driver assistance systems
Offering a significantly expanded array of driver assistance systems compared with its immediate predecessor, the all-new BMW X5 clearly demonstrates its commitment to taking comfort and safety to new heights. By processing camera images and data acquired by radar sensors, the new systems enable even more comprehensive support for the driver in a variety of situations. As components of the BMW Personal CoPilot, they represent new milestones on the road to automated driving.
The standard equipment of the all-new BMW X5 includes Cruise Control with braking function and the Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, which now also alerts the driver when cyclists are detected. The optional Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go function is capable of braking the vehicle to a standstill and sending it on its way again automatically. For greater convenience in stop-start traffic, the period between stopping and automatically moving off has been extended to up to 30 seconds. And speed restrictions identified by the Speed Limit Info system with No Passing Info display can be incorporated into the automatic cruise control system with variations of up to 15 km/h.
Comprehensive safety and comfort package: Driving Assistant Professional.
Available as an option, the Driving Assistant Professional package comprises of the Steering and lane control assistant as well as the Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection. The Lane Change Assistant can be used on motorways and dual carriageways when the Steering and lane control assistant is active. Holding the direction indicator in the required direction is all it takes to initiate a lane change. If the sensors detect that there is space in the adjacent lane and that no other vehicle is approaching at high speed, the driver benefits from helpful steering assistance during the lane change. Another component of the system is the evasion aid, which can help avoid collisions with vehicles or pedestrians suddenly appearing in the driver’s path. As soon as an evasive manoeuvre corresponding to such a scenario is detected, the system assists the driver with steering inputs to direct the vehicle into a clear adjacent lane.
The array of assistance systems contained in this wide-ranging suite of safety and comfort features also comprises of Crossing traffic warning, which reduces the risk of a collision when manoeuvring forwards or in reverse towards crossing traffic where visibility is restricted. Rear Collision warning, Priority warning, Wrong-way warning and Lane Change Warning are also part of the optional Driving Assistant Professional package. The latest version of Lane Departure Warning now includes active steering inputs to bring the vehicle back to the intended lane.
For comfortable manoeuvring into and out of parking spaces: Parking Assistant Plus.
The functionality of many other assistance systems that make life easier for the driver when manoeuvring into and out of parking spaces has been expanded once again. The all-new BMW X5 is equipped as standard with Park Distance Control (PDC), which brings sensors at the front and rear of the vehicle.
The Parking Assistant Plus in the all-new BMW X5 enables automatic selection and use of parallel parking spaces. These parking spaces are detected by ultrasonic sensors as the vehicle passes them. The Parking Assistant Plus function is activated at the touch of a button on the centre console. The system then takes care of the acceleration, braking, steering and gear changes necessary to manoeuvre into the space.
Unique, high-precision guidance: the Reversing Assistant.
A further illustration of BMW’s ongoing progress towards automated driving is provided by the Reversing Assistant. This function offers a level of assistance – for leaving a parking space or manoeuvring in a confined area – as yet unmatched by other vehicles. The Reversing Assistant takes over steering to manoeuvre the vehicle along a path recently negotiated forwards. This system makes reversing for a distance of up to 50 metres a particularly comfortable task in the new BMW X5. All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brakes and monitor the surrounding area. The system is initiated by pressing a button when the vehicle is stationary and the gear selector is in the “P” position. The steering movements made during the vehicle’s last forward manoeuvre are stored by the system and retained, even for longer periods. This means the Reversing Assistant can be used to manoeuvre the new BMW X5 backwards out of a parking position that it drove into forwards the preceding day.
The driver enjoys ideal all-round visibility, thanks to both the rear-view camera and the Top View, Panorama View and 3D View functions of Parking Assistant Plus, which create a 360-degree image of the vehicle and its surroundings in the Control Display. In addition, drivers can use the Remote 3D View feature to access a three-dimensional live image of their vehicle and surroundings on a smartphone.
Display and control system, BMW Connected and ConnectedDrive.
The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in the all-new BMW X5 combines a new display and control concept and the ultimate in connectivity to create a superb all-round package. The latest-generation display and control concept comprises of a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a 12.3-inch screen and a Control Display also measuring 12.3 inches across.
The most recent incarnation of the display and control concept, which runs the latest BMW Operating System 7.0, has a cutting-edge, fully digital design and is geared even more closely to the driver’s personal needs in order to optimise attention control. With its clear presentation and structuring, plus customisable and personalised displays, it sets out to provide drivers with the right information at the right time.
The redesigned graphics display in the instrument cluster now leaves enough room for a part-view of the navigation map. The main menu in the Control Display is now spread over up to ten pages, each showing two to four tiles with live content. The intuitive multimodal interaction between driver and vehicle has also been further improved and allows him or her to choose between touch control using the Control Display, the familiar iDrive Touch Controller, the controls on the steering wheel, voice control, or BMW gesture control, depending on the situation at hand.
Other elements of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional are an adaptive navigation system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20 GB of memory and two USB ports, plus Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces. The driver can be automatically detected and personal settings activated either using the vehicle key or BMW Digital Key, or by selecting a user in the Control Display and entering the correct PIN.
Drivers can enjoy the full benefits of the car’s intelligent connectivity capabilities by using its built-in SIM card and unlimited data allowance. Not only does this provide access to vehicle apps such as news, weather, office and online search, it also allows customers to use Intelligent Emergency Call – which automatically summons swift assistance in an emergency – and to receive regular updates for the navigation system’s maps.
For the first time, a selection of digital services will also be bundled together and offered for the all-new BMW X5 under the guise of the Connected Package Professional. This will make it easier for customers to select extremely attractive digital services for their car, either when ordering their all-new BMW X5 or at a later date. The Connected Package Professional includes Remote Services, Concierge Services and Real Time Traffic Information. Customers can continue to download the various digital services individually and retrospectively via the ConnectedDrive Store.
BMW Connected: digital services for individual mobility.
BMW Connected is the digital and personal mobility assistant for BMW drivers. Intelligent connectivity helps users to reach their destination easily and with minimal stress – and not only when in their car; BMW Connected is an all-embracing concept designed to seamlessly connect the driver and their smartphone with their vehicle.
At the heart of it all is the Open Mobility Cloud, which allows the personal mobility assistant to interface the car with the customer’s digital devices. For instance, the BMW Connected app can import appointments and addresses from the customer’s calendar entries straight into the navigation system to begin route guidance. The system also calculates the optimum departure time based on real-time traffic information and notifies the driver with a message on their smartphone. As the vehicle is also linked up via the Open Mobility Cloud, it is able to access the calculated route directly when the navigation system starts up. In addition, BMW Connected automatically stores places the driver has visited regularly as well as personal mobility patterns.
Premiere in the all-new BMW X5: the BMW Digital Key (Expected availability: Q2 2019).
The Digital Key employs Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to allow the vehicle to be locked and unlocked from a smartphone, removing the need for a conventional car key. All the driver has to do to open the vehicle is hold their smartphone up to the door handle. Once inside, the engine can be started as soon as the phone has been placed in the Wireless Charging or smartphone tray.
Accessible via the BMW Connected app, the Digital Key offers unrivalled flexibility, as the driver can share it with up to five other people. The BMW Digital Key will initially be available for selected NFC-capable smartphones at launch.
Always up to date thanks to Remote Software Upgrade.
The Remote Software Upgrade feature keeps the vehicle up to date with the latest software. All updates can be loaded over the air, as has been customary for smartphones for some time. The upgrades can be loaded onto a smartphone via the BMW Connected app when connected to a domestic WiFi network. This saves customers the trouble of visiting their BMW Service Partner for updates. The Remote Software Upgrade facility therefore maximises flexibility while keeping BMW vehicles in tune with the latest technological developments.
The all-new BMW X5 is now available for viewing at the Performance Motors showroom.
The all-new BMW X5 price.
Retail price (at press time)
BMW X5 xDrive40i
The all-new BMW X5 specifications.
BMW X5 xDrive40i
Six-cylinder petrol engine, BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing
Capacity: 2,998 cc.
Output: 340 hp at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm.
Torque: 450 Nm at 1,500 – 5,200 rpm.
Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h): 5.5 seconds.
Top speed: 243 km/h.
Combined fuel consumption: 9.2 l/100 km.