Big­ger, bet­ter, bolder . . . the new BMW X5

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE -

BMW has un­veiled new de­tails of its fourth-gen­er­a­tion X5, hav­ing sold in ex­cess of 2.2 mil­lion ex­am­ples since the first model launched in 1999. With 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, the new model is big­ger and of­fers more space for pas­sen­gers and their lug­gage.

In­side the cabin a fully-dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter and the control dis­play share the same graph­ics and de­sign, with the cen­tre con­sole host­ing the Con­troller, a 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 car are like­wise op­er­ated us­ing chunky but­tons.

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. There will be one petrol and two diesel ver­sions avail­able. The M50d is pow­ered by a six-cylin­der in-line diesel with four tur­bocharg­ers. A six-cylin­der in­line unit pow­ers the xDrive40i and xDrive30d.

All en­gines chan­nel their power through an eight-speed Step­tronic trans­mis­sion, while

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