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By setting new benchmarks for design, versatility and efficiency, the third-generation BMW X5 once again defines what it means to be a global market leader in its class. The latest iteration of the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle combines updated X5 styling cues with cutting-edge performance and premium luxury at every turn.

The new BMW X5 represents the latest evolution of design within the X family of vehicles, with a powerful front-end look and aerodynamic elements like Air Curtains and Aero Blades integrated throughout the body. Inside the cabin, drivers and passengers alike will enjoy a more spacious interior thanks to features like the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat backrest. And with an optional third row of seats available, the new BMW X5 offers a uniquely harmonious blend of comfort and variability.

For those who wish to further customize their vehicle, the third-generation BMW X5 offers options such as the powerful M Sport package, as well as the robust Pure Experience and luxurious Pure Excellence “design worlds” for the interior.

Powering the new BMW X5 at launch are three innovative and efficient engines: a 330 kW/450 bhp V8 for the BMW X5 xDrive50i, a 190 kW/258 bhp six-cylinder in-line diesel for the BMW X5 xDrive30d and a 280 kW/381 bhp six-cylinder in-line diesel with M Performance three-stage turbocharging for the BMW X5 M50d.

All engines in the new BMW X5 lineup come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission engineered to maximize efficiency, precision and driving enjoyment. An eight-speed sports automatic version with launch control in the BMW X5 M50d comes with steering-wheel shift paddles, which are optionally available on other new models as well.

At the heart of every engine is BMW EfficientDynamics technology, allowing all variants of the third-generation BMW X5 to combine increased performance with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In fact, through intelligent lightweight construction techniques and key aerodynamic optimizations, the new BMW X5 xDrive30d features a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.31.

As with previous generations, the new BMW X5 offers a multitude of driver assistance systems through BMW ConnectedDrive, improving active safety, convenience and the infotainment experience. The lineup is also equipped with xDrive full-time intelligent all-wheel drive, which actively manages the drive power split between front and rear wheels.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e

The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other.

With a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

The use of BMW eDrive technology for exceptionally efficient performance as well as all-electric mobility with zero tailpipe emissions as and when required ushers in a whole new form of commanding driving experience in a sports activity vehicle. At the same time, the BMW X5 xDrive40e reaps the benefits of the technology and know-how transferred from the debut of the BMW i cars. The BMW i8 blazes a trail for sustainable driving pleasure with plug-in hybrid drive power, which can now also be enjoyed for the first time in a model from the BMW core brand.