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New BMW X5 - 2014

By raccars Published

The BMW X5 is the ideal example of an auto success story, perfectly filling a genuine gap in the market and praised for its performance, design and practicality. It's the unassailable leader in the luxury 4x4 market segment. However when the newest incarnation of the X5 arrives in November of this year, its notable updates are almost tediously predictable: with consumer concerns about fuel consumption and running costs uppermost, the upcoming X5 will be newly lightweight and more efficient than the old.

Pictures and preliminary data have now been released, showing that for the first time the X5 will shortly be available powered by a four cylinder diesel unit and also with the option of two wheel drive. There are also some interesting stylistic changes, with the new model retaining the same basic silhouette as its predecessor but featuring design details culled from across the wider BMW line up, such as headlamps which meet the centre grille in the style of the 3 Series, while the front air intakes are reminiscent of the upcoming 4 Series Coupe.

The cabin will be equally familiar to regular BMW drivers, draped in premium materials and benefiting from the brand's most up to date version of its iDrive touchscreen infotainment system. The BMW X5 has always been practical but the updates have endowed the second seating row with a handy 40-20-40 split. An increased 650 litres of boot space in the five seater goes up to a huge 1,870 litre capacity with the rear seats folded, while seven seats are still available as an option. The split tailgate has been revised so that the remote control now closes as well as opens, while the top section will be powered.

The range starts with the entry level sDrive 25d with four cylinders, two wheel drive, 215bhp, 50.4mpg and 149g/km in CO2 emissions, all for £3,000 less than the current entry level model at £42,590. The same engine can be specified with four wheel drive. Some of the existing engines have been retained but tweaked to improve fuel economy, emissions and performance.

Already known for being one of the best driving 4x4s around, the new X5 will feature new driver selectable dynamic control options, adjusting suspension set up to suit the specified driving conditions. Four wheel drive versions also boast a modern torque vectoring system to combat issues of under and oversteer. A plethora of other comfort and convenience features include automatic traffic jam navigation, 360º camera viewing and an automatic parking programme.

The full X5 range will be rolled out over the space of a few months from November.

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