BMW's are looking much better these days. And these are the first photos of what the new X5 will look like. Obviously, it still remains tank-like; huge, high driving position and enormous wheels. You will still be able to intimidate others on the road even if you're the height of Mini-Me. There are a few stylistic changes to the exterior with the new headlights which have been taken from the new 5 Series which is a good thing, and the tail-lamps have been restyled slightly as well. The big difference between the new and the old X5 is under that handsome new bonnet.
Three, sophisticatedly named new engines will be launched for the xDrive30d, xDrive40d – replacing the xDrive35d – and the xDrive50i – replacing the xDrive48i. All of the new engines now meet EU5 standards which was previously unattainable. The good news is that the entry level xDrive30d (diesel) has been tweaked to improve performance without compromising efficiency. This makes the X5 the first conventionally powered luxury 'Sports Activity Vehicle' that records a sub 200g/km CO2 reading. It gets even better. The entry level X5 can do 16km/l on a combined cycle and emits 195g/km of CO2 which is a 10% improvement over the previous model. In terms of power, there are 10 more horses pulling this beast with 245bhp on tap which makes this pretty quick with a 0-100km/h timing of 7.6s.
If these are the changes seen on the entry level model, I can go on and on about how the more powerful versions are better and you'd probably end up sleeping before the end of the post. Or maybe you already have. In short, the more powerful versions come with twin turbocharged engines and produce up to 408bhp on the range topping model which does 0-100 in 5.5s which is absolutely staggering for a car this size and weight.
One thing that should be noted is that BMW have fitted their new X5 with an eight speed automatic transmission which is meant to improve efficiency, to lower the CO2 output and to allow smoother shifting between the gears.
There you have it, at the end of the day, what BMW have done is prove that bigger is still better.