The new 2019 BMW X5 has been revealed as BMW updates their X5 for its fourth generation, delivering a new, bigger X5 to tackle increasing competition in the ‘Premium’ SUV market.
Believe it or not, the BMW X5 will be twenty years old next year (2019) – predating stuff like the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne, Volvo XC90 and just about every other ‘Premium’ SUV – by quite some distance. And now, on the cusp of that 20th anniversary, there’s a new 2019 BMW X5.
The new BMW X5 has been revealed ahead of a public debut at the Paris Motor Show in the Autumn, and it’s bigger, a bit more brash, and a lot cleverer than the current X5. As you’d expect.
Still looking like and X5 – this new X5 is very much evolutionary in design – it does get a big new kidney grill at the front to shout at the rear view mirrors of drivers in front, headlights with (optional) laser technology to light up the moon, split tailgate, seven seats if you want them and a much improved interior.
The 12.3″ iDrive infotainment dominates the dash and offers access through touch, click, voice or gesture, another 12.3″ display for the instruments and a big heads-up display. All of which means the button count in the cabin is way down.
Engine choice isn’t extensive, at least not at launch, with the starting point the 261bhp xDrive30d, a petrol xDrive 40i with 335bhp and a torque-tastic M50d with 395bhp and 531lb/ft of torque. All come with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Expect more engines, including a plug-in hybrid and X5M, to be on offer in due course.
BMW are also offering an optional air suspension package for the new X5 as well as four-wheel steering and even an Off-Road Package with a tweaked xDrive system, diff lock and underbody protection.
Expect the new BMW X5 to go on sale in the UK after its debut in Paris. Prices should start the right side of £60k.