New BMW X5 revealed
The most obvious change is the new styling. At the front, there are revised bumpers and new headlights, while the fog lights are mounted more centrally. Likewise, the rear has new light clusters, larger tailpipes and a redesigned bumper.
At the same time, equipment levels across the range have been improved. The choice of SE and M Sport trims remains, but every model now comes with xenon headlamps and leather upholstery, while Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control and side-view cameras are available as options.
Every model now also has an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which combines with the new engines to give better performance and lower emissions on both of the new diesel engines.
The range still starts with the xDrive30d, but the engine is now more powerful than before, cutting half a second off the 0-60mph time. However, at the same time, CO2 emissions are also down – to 195g/km.
The new xDrive40d replaces the xDrive35d, and also combines more power and stronger performance with lower emissions and better economy. It emits 198g/km of CO2, while averaging 37.7mpg.
At the top of the range is the X5’s only petrol engine, the xDrive50i, which has over 50bhp more than the old xDrive48i – and takes a second less to reach 60mph as a result.
Following these revisions, the range now starts at £43,980 – a rise a little more than £2000 – and tops out at £58,175.
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