BMW’s new fourth-generation X5 is now ready to roll on tarmac or terra un-firma, depending on your disposition, with prices starting from €94,325, on the road, (OTR). With previous generations selling in excess of 2.2 million units since the first X5 launched in 1999, this latest offering is a technical tour-de-force, carrying numerous autonomous features, a range of petrol and diesel engines, BMW’s latest xDrive and a new eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
2018 X5 – Longer, Wider, Higher
This 2018 X5 sits on a wheelbase 42mm longer than its predecessor, an increase in vehicle length of 36mm, an extra 66mm of width and a 19mm increase in height.
Those choosing the xLine model get standard 19-inch light-alloy wheels, kidney grille bars in aluminium matt, roof rails and side window surrounds in satin Aluminium, plus other accents in Pearl-effect Chrome.
Customers for the M Sport see their specification include, 20-inch M star-spoke light-alloy wheels, wheel arch trim, bumper trim, rear underguard and side skirts painted in body colour, plus extra-large air intakes at the front end, aluminium matt kidney grille bars. Also included are, roof rails, side window surrounds and other trim elements in high-gloss black.
X5 Engines & Transmission
One petrol and two diesel units provide propulsion on the new X5, the M50d is powered by a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with a quartet of turbochargers. A six-cylinder inline unit lives within the X5 xDrive40i and BMW X5 xDrive30d. An eight-speed Steptronic transmission allied to BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, looks after the delivery of power and traction.
Tekkies will revel in BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology, the petrol engines comprises turbochargers, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. On the diesel side, the raft of technological measures at work includes turbochargers and common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors. All model variants comply with the requirements of the EU6d-TEMP emissions standard.
The system of emission control for the petrol engines includes a gasoline particulate filter, while the diesel models boast BMW BluePerformance technology comprising a particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst, a NOx adsorption catalyst and an SCR catalyst with AdBlue injection.
The 3.0litre power, in-line six cylinder, comes with 340bhp and 450Nm of torque, and is fitted in the new BMW X5 xDrive40i. It employs a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct petrol injection technology with a maximum pressure of 350 bar and has a CO2 emission rating of 193g/km.
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The performance of the new BMW X5 M50d is provided by the potent 3.0-litre unit, breathed on by BMW M Performance, its in-line six-cylinder unit delivers 400hp and generates maximum torque of 760Nm. It has a CO2 emission rating of 179g/km.
The new BMW X5 xDrive30d is also powered by a straight-six diesel engine, this time with displacement of 3.0 litres and featuring a single turbocharger with variable inlet geometry. The common-rail direct injection system propels fuel into the combustion chambers at up to 2,500 bar. Maximum output of 265hp, while offering 620Nm of torque. It has a CO2 emission rating of 158g/km.
The new BMW X5 runs on the latest generation of BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which splits drive torque between the front and rear wheels.
The new xDrive system also offers a rear-biased set-up for those occasions when the driver adopts a particularly dynamic approach. The electronically controlled rear differential lock (available on M Performance models and/or in conjunction with the Off-Road package) gives the handling an increased sportier edge.
Governed by the Driving Stability Control (DSC) system, the locking function for the rear differential improves traction and power transmission when driving over loose ground or on road surfaces offering differing levels of grip for the left-rear and right-rear wheels. The locking effect is produced by means of an electric motor and allows as much as 1,500Nm of drive torque to be redirected from the faster-turning wheel to the slower-turning wheel.
X5 Off-Road Package
Customers can also specify an Off-Road package. Offered for the first time in a BMW X model, the package includes underguard elements at the front and rear of the vehicle, along with the two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled rear differential lock. The driver can activate the ideal settings for off-roading including the vehicle’s ride height, the xDrive system, the accelerator response, the transmission control, and the DSC system’s corrective inputs in preparation for driving on a range of surfaces, such as sand, rock, gravel or snow. Available for all model variants apart from the BMW X5 M50d.
Inside Story on the 2018 X5
Quality Vernasca leather trim as standard, with the option to specify the luscious Merino leather trim in a menu of four colours, the new X5’s interior is distinctively delicious. A fully-digital instrument cluster and Control Display share the same graphics and design, with the centre console hosting the Controller, the newly designed transmission selector lever and all other driving-related controls. A similarly new-look control panel for the heating and air conditioning is also on hand and the light functions in the new X5 are likewise operated using buttons.
The new BMW X5 is fitted as standard with electrically adjustable and heated sports seats. Customers can also specify optional multifunctional front comfort seats, including massage function and seat ventilation within the Comfort/Comfort Plus packages.
M Sport models also includes an M sports steering wheel, BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite, M-specific pedals, driver’s footrest and piping on the seats, plus exclusive interior trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon.
Other new features on board the BMW X5 include the four-zone air conditioning system and the panoramic glass roof, whose clear surface is 30 per cent larger than on the outgoing car. The Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, meanwhile, provides LED light spread evenly across the glass surface to illuminate more than 15,000 graphic patterns and generate a display reminiscent of a starlit sky. The colour scheme of this atmospheric light show can be adapted as desired. The optional ambient lighting includes the Welcome Light Carpet – which illuminates the entry area to the car when the doors are unlocked or opened – and Dynamic Interior Light, which emits pulsating light signals in pre-defined situations: they are activated in the lining of a door or doors opened while the engine is running and in the instrument panel when a phone call is incoming.
Cargo & Convenience
Folding down the 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 645 litres to a maximum of 1,860 litres. The new BMW X5 also has a two-section tailgate for ease of loading. If the optional Comfort Access is specified, both sections can be opened and closed automatically and hands-free. In addition the boot cover now lowers electrically into the load compartment floor
If the optional third row of seats is specified customers may also order the rear seats with electric fore-and-aft adjustment. A control panel in the boot can be used to slide the second-row seats forwards or backwards and fold down the backrests of the second and third rows.
2018 X5 Driver assistance systems
The new Driving Assistant Professional package, an option, comprises Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go function, which is capable of braking the vehicle to a standstill and sending it on its way again automatically. For greater convenience in stop-start traffic, the period between stopping and automatically moving off has been extended up to 30 seconds.
Speed restrictions identified by the Speed Limit Info system with No Passing Info display can be incorporated into the automatic cruise control system with variations of up to 15km/h.
This pack also contains the Steering and lane control assistant including Traffic Jam Assist as well as the Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection. The Lane Change Assistant can be used on motorways and dual carriageways when the Steering and lane control assistant is active.
Holding the direction indicator in the required direction is all it takes to initiate a lane change.
X5 Evasion Aid
Another component of the system is the evasion aid, which can help avoid collisions with vehicles or pedestrians suddenly appearing in the driver’s path. As soon as an evasive manoeuvre corresponding to such a scenario is detected, the system assists the driver with steering inputs to direct the vehicle into a clear adjacent lane. Other constituents of this pack includes:
- Lane change warning
- Crossing Traffic Warning rear
- Rear-end collision warning
- Speed Limit Information incl. no passing info and preview
X5 Parking Assistant
Parking Assistant, a standard feature of the new BMW X5 and an indication of BMW’s infusion of automated driving features, enables automatic selection and use of parallel parking spaces. These parking spaces are detected by ultrasonic sensors as the vehicle passes them. The Parking Assistant function is activated at the touch of a button on the centre console. The system then takes care of the acceleration, braking, steering and gear changes necessary to manoeuvre into the space.
X5 Reversing Assistant
Parking assist also includes Reversing Assistant, which offers a level of assistance when leaving a parking space or manoeuvring in a confined area. The Reversing Assistant controls the steering to manoeuvre the vehicle along a path recently negotiated forwards. This system makes reversing for a distance of up to 50 metres a simple task in the new BMW X5.
The driver has to operate the accelerator and brakes and monitor the surrounding area. The steering movements made during the vehicle’s last forward manoeuvre are stored by the system and retained, even for longer periods. This means the Reversing Assistant can be used to manoeuvre the new BMW X5 backwards out of a parking position that it drove into forwards the preceding day.
The driver enjoys ideal all-round visibility, thanks to both the rear-view camera and the Top View, Panorama View and 3D View functions of Parking Assistant Plus, which create a 360-degree image of the vehicle and its surroundings in the Control Display. In addition, drivers can use the Remote 3D View feature to access a three-dimensional live image of their vehicle and surroundings on a smartphone.
BMW Connected & ConnectedDrive
The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in the new BMW X5 combines a new display and control concept. The latest-generation display and control concept comprises a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a 12.3-inch screen and a Control Display also measuring 12.3 inches across.
The system runs the latest BMW Operating System 7.0, and has a cutting-edge, fully digital design. The new graphics display in the instrument cluster now leaves enough room for a part-view of the navigation map. The main menu in the Control Display is now spread over up to ten pages, each showing two to four tiles with live content.
The intuitive multimodal interface has also been further improved and allows the choice of touch control using the Control Display, the familiar iDrive Touch Controller, controls on the steering wheel, voice control or BMW gesture control. Also included in BMW Live Cockpit Professional are an adaptive navigation system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20GB of memory and two USB ports, plus Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces.
A selection of digital services will also be combined together available under the guise of the Connected Package Professional. This package offered as standard on all BMW X5 models increases the levels of connectivity and makes it easier for customers to take best advantage of digital services available on their car.
The Connected Package Professional includes Remote Services, Concierge Services and Real Time Traffic Information and so much more. The package provides a subscription for three years on all included services – with the exception of Apple CarPlay which is included for the first 12 months. Customers can also continue to download the various digital services individually and retrospectively via the ConnectedDrive Store.
X5 BMW Connected:
BMW Connected is the digital and personal mobility assistant for BMW drivers and not just in the car; BMW Connected is designed to seamlessly connect the driver and their smartphone with their vehicle.
At the heart of it all is the Open Mobility Cloud, which allows the personal mobility assistant to interface the car with the customer’s digital devices. These could include an iPhone and Apple Watch, smartphones and smartwatches running the Android operating system, Alexa-compatible smart devices and Google Home.
X5 Remote Software Upgrade
The Remote Software Upgrade feature keeps the vehicle up to date with the latest software. All updates can be loaded over the air and upgrades can be loaded onto a smartphone via the BMW Connected app when connected to a domestic WiFi network or imported directly via the BMW’s built-in SIM card, which happens automatically for important vehicle upgrades.
X5 Mobile office: Microsoft Office 365 with Skype for Business
The integration of Microsoft Office 365 turns the new BMW X5 into a mobile office. Users of a Business Essential or Business Premium account with Exchange function are thereby able to safely access their email account from their car and easily manage appointments and contacts, so there is absolutely no need for them to use their smartphone while driving.
Drivers can have emails read out to them and are able to use voice commands to dictate and send new messages while on the move. In addition, calendar appointments can be confirmed, cancelled or transferred straight to the navigation system, as can contact addresses.
Microsoft Office 365 users have also been able to use Skype for Business from Microsoft in their car since autumn 2017.
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