The fourth-generation BMW X5 promises “new-found comfort and refinement”, according to Johann Kistler, the model’s project manager. The car starts at £56,710 for entry-level xDrive30d xLine trim.
Two trim lines will be available: xLine and the higher-spec M Sport. Deliveries in the UK will kick off in December, with pricing to start from £56,710 for the xDrive30d xLine — a rise of £2935 over the equivalent outgoing X5. At launch, the range topper will be the 155mph X5 M50d, at £70,690, it sits above the only petrol in the lineup so far, the 335bhp xDrive40i xLine, which costs £58,100.
It also elevates the X5’s capabilities to a new level, said Kistler, with the model’s established reputation for performance and handling now enhanced by an improved ride. The advancements are enough to give it an edge over rivals, he added, including the Audi Q7, Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLE.
Launching in the UK towards the end of the year following a debut at the Paris show in October, the premium SUV has been comprehensively re-engineered for what will be its 20th anniversary next year.
Along with the new platform, which is shared with the upcoming X7, the X5 is bigger inside and out, has updated powertrains and features BMW’s latest digital cockpit and infotainment functions in a more luxurious cabin.
X5: “extra layer of comfort” Kistler said: “We’ve built on the X5’s dynamic qualities with the inclusion of developments such as Integral Active Steering [four-wheel steer] and the latest version of Dynamic Drive Active Roll Stabilisation [electrically operated anti-roll bars], but we’ve also added an extra layer of luxury and comfort that we think will provide the new model with more appeal than ever.”
Chassis developments include optional air suspension featuring air springs both front and rear. Available as part of an off-road package that also brings off-road driving modes and a differential lock, it replaces the suspension set-up of the outgoing model, which only used air springs at the rear, and is combined with front double wishbones and a fivelink arrangement at the rear.