The fourth-generation BMW X5 breaks cover with more tech

June 6, 2018

It’s a busy day for German luxury carmakers as two of them have unveiled their premium SUVs one after the other. After the reveal of the all-new Q8 earlier today, its Bavaria’s turn to roll out the fourth-generation X5.

As many will note, the X5 is the original Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) that debuted back in 1999. Now on its fourth iteration, the new model retains the familiar profile but adds a few styling cues to give it a look all its own. The trademark kidney grille, for instance, is now lager while the headlights come with optional Laser lighting technology.

The side now gets a more pronounced character line that makes the car look sportier and sleeker. It blends nicely with the new lower vents sitting right behind the front wheels. The rear, meanwhile, gets a two-piece hatch for easier loading. It can even be ordered as an electric tailgate to make life less stressful.

Stepping inside, the new X5 gets a pair of 12.3-inch displays, as well as optional glass-covered controls. The gearshift, BMW says, can be had with a Crystal knob just for the heck it of. It gives the car a more premium vibe. And the rear cargo area comes with an automated parcel shelf and load floor—again to ease loading and cargo organizing chores.

At launch the new BMW X5 will come with either a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 (X5 xDrive 40i) that puts out 335hp or a 4.4-liter (X5 xDrive 50i) delivering 456hp. Both motors will be paired with an 8-sped auto and all-wheel drive. The former goes from 0-100kph in 5.3 seconds while the latter does the same sprint in 4.6 ticks.

BMW is also offering a few tech goodies in the suspension department. The Active M Suspension Professional throws in Actove Roll Stabilization and rear wheel steering,  Air suspension front and rear also lets one adjust the ride height by up to 1.6m and promises a supple  ride that doesn’t sacrifice that trademark dynamic handling

Needless to say,  a slew of safety tech has been made either standard or optional equipment. Stuff like pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and traffic jam assist are yours for the asking.

The new BMW X5 will be available beginning in November of this year.

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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.