BMW has released pricing for its latest generation of the X5 SUV following its recent appearance at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Prices will start at £57,495 for the base model xDrive30d xLine.
Expected to account for between 80 and 85 per cent of UK sales, the xDrive30d is fitted with 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, producing 261bhp and 620Nm of torque which, like all new X5s, is fed through an eight-speed gearbox to an all-wheel-drive system. The xDrive30d will cover the 0-62mph sprint in 6.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 143mph.
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The new BMW X5 is also available with a 3.0-litre petrol-powered straight-six, with 335bhp and 450Nm of torque, priced from £58,885. The range-topping X5 M50d starts from £71,475 and is fitted with a 394bhp, 760Nm 3.0-litre straight-six, quad-turbo diesel.
Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, 12.3-inch infotainment display, electrically adjustable heated front seats and air conditioning, wireless smartphone charger, 19-inch alloy wheels and air suspension. Almost everything else is optional, available either in packages or for individual purchase.
For example, for £4,750, customers can spec the Comfort Plus Package, which adds rear seat heaters, comfort seats with massage function, four-zone climate control, rear sunblinds and cupholders which are heated and cooled.
Also, for the first time on the X5, buyers can spec the xOffroad package for £2,595. Available on all models apart from the X5 M50d, this adds an electronically-controlled locking differential, underbody protection and selectable driving modes for sand, rocks, gravel or snow.
Other options include larger diameter alloy wheels (from £1,575), a Bowers & Wilkins stereo (at £3,190) and a pair of 10.2-inch infotainment screens for the rear seats (for £2,245).
Longer, wider and taller than the outgoing X5, the new model takes on a mild styling evolution. The most notable change is at the front; two huge kidney grilles, with active air-flaps to improve aerodynamic efficiency, dominate the car’s face. They’re flanked by BMW’s LED laser headlights, able to shine up to 500 metres ahead on full beam.
At the back, the split tailgate gives access to a 650-litre boot, which expands to 1,870-litres with the rear seats folded. Both figures are the same as outgoing X5’s, but an optional hands-free tailgate and electronically retractable load cover should provide additional practicality.
The X5’s cabin has also evolved, ditching the outgoing model’s button-heavy style in favour of a more minimalist look. The standard 12.3-inch infotainment system controls the majority of the X5’s functions via clickwheel, touch, voice and gesture commands. A second 12.3-inch display sits behind the steering wheel in place of a traditional gauge cluster.
Technology will be plentiful. BMW’s Parking Assistant is included on all X5s as standard, and can automatically select and manoeuvre the vehicle into parallel parking spaces. Other options include the Driving Assistant Professional package, which adds lane change warning, rear-end collision warning and adaptive cruise control, capable of automatically braking and accelerating the car to motorway speeds from a standstill.
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