The new BMW X5 has arrived, claiming to be not just better in every way than its predecessor but also one of the most luxurious and tech-laden models in the premium full-size crossover segment.
While the untrained eye will have some difficulties in pointing out what’s changed on the outside, the interior of the new X5 has been completely overhauled with plush materials, impressive switchgear and lots of new tech features.
The 2019 X5 is slightly bigger in every dimension compared to its predecessor, further improving the already roomy interior and luggage space. The new Operating System 7.0 along with the Live Cockpit digital instrument display are also present.
The engine range contains no surprises, including both petrol and diesel powertrains. Customers in North America will be the only ones to be offered a V8 petrol unit from the get-go, in the form of the 455hp xDrive50i model. The rest will get to choose between the 335hp xDrive40i petrol, the 262hp xDrive 30d diesel and the 394hp xDrive M50d that’s powered by the company’s quad-turbo diesel unit.
These models will soon be followed by the plug-in hybrid xDrive45e, which combines a 282hp 3.0-liter straight-six engine with a 110hp electric motor for a combined 388hp and 442lb-ft.
Other new features include a rear-wheel steering system for better agility and maneuverability and a full suite of driver assistance systems, including a semi-autonomous function. Customers can also specify an off-road pack that adds things like underbody protection, a specific rear differential lock and driving modes, as well as specially tuned air suspension.
In theory, then, the new BMW X5 has everything it takes to shine in a very challenging segment. Does it? Carwow delivers its first impressions in the video that follows.