The new BMW X5 has been busy tackling a Monza track built in the sand of the desert in Morocco by BMW Italy to demonstrate it’s not really a soft-roader after all.
As has become the way with car makers and new car launches, when BMW was busy teasing the new X5 they released some official spy photos of their new SUV, and they chose to do it in a way which firmly underlined the claim that the BMW X5 isn’t just a soft-roader, but can tackle proper rough stuff too.
BMW asserted that the new X5’s new suspension and chassis means it is a truly able SUV, with extensive testing in Swedish snow, South African tracks and desert dunes, meaning the X5 can go from tarmac muncher to off-road expert with just the push of a button.
Now, with the new BMW X5 revealed, the message continues, with BMW Italy going to extreme measures to demonstrate what the X5 can do off-road by building a 1:1 version of the Monza track in the desert in Morocco for the new X5 to play.
It took a crew of 50 two weeks to survey and build an exact replica of the Monza track in the Moroccan desert, shifting 3,500 square metres of sand in the process to deliver an outing to demonstrate the two faces of the new X5’s abilities.
It’s no small-budget outing, but as a demonstration that the new X5 is no one-trick pony we’re guessing BMW are pretty pleased with their efforts.
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