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