It isn't often that an automobile manufacturer gets to launch an entirely new vehicle segment, but that's exactly what BMW did in 1999 when it introduced the world's first Sports Activity Vehicle – the BMW X5. Two generations and some 1.3 million vehicles later, the BMW X5 is set to enter its third generation. As its predecessors have done before, the all-new 3rd generation X5 will again set new standards for luxury, versatility and – because it is a BMW first and foremost – driving dynamics.
Signature BMW design features combine with undeniable presence and versatility to lend BMW X models their distinctive appearance. This design language has been given a contemporary and eye-catching update for the new BMW X5. The proportions of the 3rd- generation Sports Activity Vehicle are once again defined by a short front overhang, long wheelbase, upright A-pillars and the short distance between the front axle and the leading edge of the front door. The three dimensional design of the BMW kidney grille, set within the triangle of the dual round headlights and front foglamps, and the bumper's X-shaped contour lines also identify it as a member of the BMW X model family.

The interior of the new BMW X5 is both elegant and spacious. The horizontal structure of the layered surfaces underlines the broad sweep of the instrument panel and reflects the impressive amount of space available on board. The three-dimensional design of the surfaces also generates vibrant contrasts.



Design - Interior
Highlights include:

  • Layered surfaces on upper dashboard
  • Upper layer of wood trim paired with lower layer of high-gloss black trim on lower portion of dashboard
  • Standard 10.2" iDrive screen, touchpad controller and Navigation system
  • Standard ambient lighting with customizable color range (blue, orange, white)

EfficientDynamics

The F15 will feature a number of new EfficientDynamics measures and technologies to reduce fuel consumption while enhancing driving performance, handling, and aerodynamics. Measures include:

  • Auto Start/Stop system with ECO PRO
  • Aero blades in black high gloss integrated with roof spoiler
  • Air curtain on front bumper
  • Air breather on front fender
  • Coasting function shuts off engine when driver eases off accelerator (only in ECO PRO mode)
  • Electric power steering system
  • Use of aluminum materials to reduce vehicle weight (F15 is ~55kg lighter than E70)

Performance and Dynamics

Significant performance enhancements have been made with the F15. The updated V8 engine on the X5 xDrive50i receives an additional 45 horsepower and 30 lb-ft more torque than the outgoing model. Despite no change to the engine on the 35i, acceleration has improved thanks to a reduction in vehicle weight and optimized engineering. The xDrive35d also will see a reduction in its 0-60 mph time and MPG figures are expected to be significantly improved vs. the E70 (please note official MPG figures will be released closer to market launch). To further enhance the driving experience, all vehicles will now also come standard with:

  • Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO
  • Servotronic
  • xDrive status display with compass. Shows real-time information regarding body roll and pitch

Powertrain options:
xDrive35i
3.0L TwinPower (twin-scroll) Turbo inline 6 cylinder (N55) 300 hp @ 5800 RPM / 300 lb-ft torque @ 1200-5000 RPM
xDrive50i
4.4L TwinPower (twin-scroll) Turbo inline 6 cylinder V8 (N63Tu)
445 hp between 5500-6000 RPM / 480 lb-ft torque @ 2000-4500 RPM
xDrive35d (December)
3.0L TwinPower Turbo with VNT turbocharging and common rail direct injection 255 hp / 413 lb-ft torque @ 1500-3000 RPM
The table below summarizes the key performance specifications for the F15

Personalization: xLine and Luxury Line for the exterior.

Two new Lines for the exterior and interior of the new BMW X5 can be ordered as, enabling a new level of personalization. Each Line represents a harmonious blend of design, colors and materials. M Sport is also an alternative for those that wish to accentuate the sporting character of the new X5. The Lines also encompass the new-look remote control key with redesigned operating buttons.

xLine

With stylistic underbody protection elements in brushed stainless steel, newly designed air intake bars in matt silver and a rear trim strip which, like the kidney grille bars, comes in matt silver, the xLine adds distinctive touches to the exterior and emphasizes the SAV character of the new BMW X5. This xLine also includes exterior mirror bases and B-pillar and C-pillar trim in high-gloss black, as well as Satin aluminum line exterior trim for the side windows. 19-inch Orbit Grey wheels or 20-inch Y-spoke wheels with mixed-sized performance tires are available.

Luxury Line:

The Luxury line for the exterior includes stylistic underbody protection elements and wheel arch surrounds painted in the respective body color, black kidney grille bars with high-gloss chrome fronts, T-shaped bars for the outer air intakes and louvers for the lower aperture, plus a chrome trim strip for the rear apron and Chrome Line Exterior adornments for the side windows. The exterior mirror bases, B-pillars and C-pillars all feature high-gloss black trim. Roof rails are available in a choice of Satin Aluminum or high-gloss finish. Also included are a sport steering wheel and 19-inch V-spoke wheels or 20-inch Y-spoke wheels with mixed-sized performance tires are available.

The Luxury line for the exterior includes stylistic underbody protection elements and wheel arch surrounds painted in the respective body color, black kidney grille bars with high-gloss chrome fronts, T-shaped bars for the outer air intakes and louvers for the lower aperture, plus a chrome trim strip for the rear apron and Chrome Line Exterior adornments for the side windows. The exterior mirror bases, B-pillars and C-pillars all feature high-gloss black trim. Roof rails are available in a choice of Satin Aluminum or high-gloss finish. Also included are a sport steering wheel and 19-inch V-spoke wheels or 20-inch Y-spoke wheels with mixed-sized performance tires are available.

M Sport:

M Sport offers the performance-oriented driver a particularly dynamic look and feel for the new BMW X5. Exterior touches include an M-aerodynamic body kit, Shadowline trim, high-gloss roof rails and 19-inch M-Double Spoke light alloy wheels. 20-inch M-Double Spoke wheels with mixed-sized performance runflat tires are available as an upgrade. The interior includes an 8-speed sport automatic transmission with shift-paddles, M-sport steering wheel, anthracite headliner, M foot rest and door sills.