Highlights at a glance
The BMW X5 has already proved itself a huge sales success. Since the launch
of the X5 4.4i in the USA in December 1999, over 60,000 have been sold globally
and 1400 in the UK following the right-hand drive launch in October 2000.
X5 has already won a plethora of awards including What Car? and Top Gear
magazines’ 4x4 of the year for 2001.
Now with the advent of the entry-level 3.0i model the X5 range – priced
from £33,000 – is now accessible to a wider buying public and
will no doubt prove even more popular. Its success is founded on a unique
positioning. While the X5 is an extremely competent off-roader, its real
trump card is on-the-road performance. It sacrifices none of the refinement
and dynamic qualities of a finely-honed executive car and is in every sense
a true BMW.
The diesel X5 3.0d will be launched in summer 2001, followed by the performance
flagship X5 4.6is later this year.
Highlights of the new X5 3.0i:
· 6 cylinder in-line 3.0 litre petrol engine
· Power - 231 bhp at 5900 rpm; torque 300 Nm at 3500 rpm
· Top speed – 126 mph
· 0-62 mph – 8.5 s
· On the road prices: X5 3.0i - £33,000; X5 3.0i Sport - £34,900
· Superior levels of safety, security and luxury car equipment
· Front side and head airbags standard for driver and front passenger
· Rear seat accommodates three passengers with three-point belts
· Rear side and head airbags available as an option
· Electrically adjustable reach and rake multi-function steering
wheel (Sport only)
· Fingertip control of 2:1 split folding rear seat
· Front electric seats available
· Split-opening tailgate with optional extendable loading floor
· Hill Descent Control
Published 9 April 2001