Updated Concept X5 eDrive for New York; UK plates won't be scrapped, says EU; Ferrari's warranty grows to 12 years

BMW will show an updated version of its Concept X5 eDrive, with a series of what the firm says are “detailed refinements”, at the New York motor show next week. The hybrid concept was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show late last year, with BMW claiming an electric range of 19 miles and 0-62mph in under seven seconds.

Reports that new proposals within the European parliament could axe UK number plates are misleading, says the BBC. Initial media reports suggested the proposals could scrap UK number plates and replace them with European alternatives, but EU officials have told the BBC the proposals are still in the very early stages and that the proposal doesn't call for UK plates to be replaced.

Ferrari’s warranty scheme has been extended to 12 years. The firm’s factory-backed warranty acts for the first five years of the car’s life, and is then replaced by an annually renewable warranty up to its 12th year. The firm already offers a seven-year maintenance programme for its new models.

Our Verdict

The X5 uses in effect the same platform as the previous generation, but it's been substantially revised

BMW sticks to its well proven SUV formula with the new X5, delivering a competent and refined off-roader – but one that's lacking those few extra flourishes

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