BY GERRY MILES
The race for luxury buyers in the SUV segment continues to heat up with the sweltering temperatures this summer as BMW just released pricing for its all-new 3d Gen SAV – yes, SAV not SUV – the X5 at $53,725.
- A rear-wheel drive 2014 X5 sDrive35i starts at $53,725
- the X5 xDrive35i starts at $56,025
- the X5 xDrive35d starts at $57,525
- the X5 xDrive50i starts at $69,125.
- All prices include $925 destination and handling
- All X5s will be built in Spartanburg, SC
- All X5s feature an 8-speed automatic transmission
- An Advanced Diesel model will join the lineup later on.
- The optional 8-speed sport automatic transmission, offers new “launch control”
New standard equipment includes: BMW’s Auto Start-Stop system, BMW’s iDrive4.2 Navigation System with Touchpad, 10 years of BMW Assist eCall service, 10 years of BMW TeleService, BMW Apps, 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat, and now standard Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering.
The rear-drive X5 and the X5 Drive35i, is powered by BMW’s 3.0-liter, 300 hp, TwinPower Turbo inline-six. The V8-powered X5 xDrive50i uses BMW’s latest 4.4-liter, 445 hp, TwinPower Turbo V-8.
For the US market, the standard BMW Navigation system, with touchpad, includes a 10.2-inch Control Display Monitor.
Dakota leather seat surfaces are standard on the X5 xDrive50i and optional on six-cylinder models. Nappa leather can be specified as part of the Interior Design Packages.
3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six powers X5 sDrive35i and X5 xDrive35i
The new X5 sDrive35i and X5 xDrive35i will be powered by BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine (known as N55). It develops maximum output of 300 hp at 5,800 rpm, with peak torque of 300 lb-ft from 1,200–5,000 rpm. The N55 engine was the first BMW inline-6 to combine turbocharging, High Precision direct fuel injection, and Valvetronic variable intake technology. It features a single, mid-sized turbocharger with a “twin-scroll” housing to boost performance and minimize response lag. The new X5 xDrive35i will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than its predecessor.
xDrive 50i features the latest TwinPower Turbo V8
The 4.4-liter V-8 engine (N63) that powers the current X5 xDrive50i receives an upgrade for its successor. The unique “reverse-flow” engine, whose two turbochargers are positioned in the V-area between the cylinder banks is well known for producing an instantaneous and sustained wave of power, making it a delight for the enthusiast driver. This new version of the engine adds BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve timing to the list of specifications. As a result, the new version of the engine (N63TÜ) develops a maximum 445 hp between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm (a 45 hp increase), and makes peak torque of 480 lb-ft between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm (a 30 lb-ft increase). This newest TwinPower Turbo V8 powers the new X5 xDrive50i from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, 0.4 seconds quicker than its predecessor.
New X5 xDrive35d benefits from the latest BMW Advanced Diesel technology
The new BMW X5 xDrive35d features an all new inline,255 hp, six-cylinder diesel engine offering an even better balance between performance and fuel consumption than the outgoing diesel. The 3.0-liter engine, whose BMW TwinPower Turbo technology comprises VNT turbocharging and common direct injection, now develops maximum power of 255 hp and maximum torque of 413 lb-ft which is delivered between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. In spite of the slight reduction in output from its predecessor, the new BMW X5 xDrive35d has a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 6.9 seconds (preliminary), making it just as quick or quicker.
A Dynamic Handling Package combines the components of Dynamic Damper Control, automatic rear self-leveling suspension, Dynamic Performance Control, and Active Roll Stabilization.
BMW xDrive in the new BMW X5: intelligent all-wheel drive, with optional Dynamic Performance Control.
All models of the new BMW X5, except the X5 sDrive35i, are equipped with xDrive full-time intelligent all-wheel drive, which actively manages the drive power split between the front and rear wheels at all times.
If xDrive is combined with Dynamic Performance Control, the drive power can be split between the rear wheels. DPC remains engaged if if the driver lifts off the gas while cornering.
All-wheel-drive models come with a new xDrive status display in the control display boasting 3D graphics. This feature shows real-time information about body roll and pitch, providing a real-time physics lesson about how close you just came to losing the vehicle to a likely rollover.
A new function, Traffic Jam Assistant, is due to be incorporated with production in December 2013 onward. At speeds up to 25 mph Traffic Jam Assistant keeps the vehicle in the center of its lane providing active steering input.
New is the latest gen of BMW Parking Assistant helping the driver look for suitable parallel parking spaces and maneuver it into the space, not only by steering but also by operating the accelerator and brake pedal and selecting the appropriate gear. When the system has been activated at the press of a button, the new BMW X5 can park itself automatically in a selected parking space.
That should be great at the mall during the holiday shopping spree.