The fourth-generation BMW X5 arrives on Philippine shores

March 11, 2019

Around 20 years ago, BMW unveiled a new niche in its lineup that combined the brand’s Sheer Driving Pleasure mantra with the versatility of a rather unlikely type of vehicle—an SUV. Or as BMW called, it, the Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV). Sure, BMW purists were up in arms. Yet as history would tell us, the brand got the last laugh as the BMW X5 went on to become one of its most popular models to date.

After being launched globally sometime last year, the fourth-generation X5 makes its way to the country via a launch event hosted by SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation. The official BMW Philippine distributor offers just one variant in the local landscape—the X5 xDrive 30d xLine

For P5,990,000, you get a luxurious and comfortable cabin with all the niceties to be expected from a premium German offering. Stuff like Ambient Lighting, Vermasca leather, and of course, the latest version of the patented iDrive vehicle interface. With a large 12.3-inch display, one can control various vehicle, entertainment, and connectivity functions using either the steering-wheel controls, the iDrive controller, touchscreen, voice commands, or gesture control

Powering the sole variant is the brand’s inline-6 diesel motor with TwinPower technology. This makes for 265hp and 620Nm of torque. All this puts the power to all four wheels via 8-speed automatic, allowing the SAV to scoot from rest to the century mark in just 6.5 seconds. Being all-wheel drive, this one can take on light off-road trails fuss-free.

All this is wrapped in the signature look that has ben a hallmark of BMW SAVs since Day One. The trademark Kidney Grille up front is flanked by sleek LED headlights, as well as air intakes on the lower part of the front fascia. The side profile is equally clean, projecting a sporty yet luxury vibe. And the rear puts the BMW styling treatment to use as seen from the LED taillights and other touches. There are underguards and roof rails to give it that SAV stance.

Check out the all-new BMW X5 at your nearest BMW dealer today.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.