The 2003 BMW X5 | Part Five

The 2003 BMW X5


Firm hold

Two additional functions of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) contribute to the exceptional safety of the new X5. Making its world debut on the new X5 is Trailer Stability Control (TSC), a system which uses yaw sensor data, applying brakes and reducing engine power if undue pendulum motion is detected in a trailer attachment. In addition Hill Descent Control (HDC) is part of the X5's standard equipment, improving off-road control by allowing drivers to travel smoothly and safely down the steepest of gradients. HDC automatically controls speed with no throttle or brake input required.

Available at speeds below 22 mph, HDC automatically reduces speed to around 5 mph. However, drivers can adjust the HDC speed between 3 and 16 mph by pressing the plus and minus keys for cruise control on the multifunction steering wheel, or using the accelerator or brake.

Fine lines

Marrying significant enhancements to the X5 engine line-up and all-new xDrive is a series of subtle design tweaks that follows BMW design language, and makes it stand out from others that seek to imitate.

These enhancements include:

  • Taller and wider kidney grilles featuring more distinctive 'wave profile' slats
  • Headlamp clusters with a sweeping profile and twin corona ring sidelights
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps as standard on eight cylinder models
  • Re-contoured bonnet lines
  • Revised colour coded air dam with separate air ducts and bumper
  • Revised rear lamp cluster
  • Soft close boot lid operation

BMW managing director Jim O'Donnell commented, "BMW broke the mould in off-road vehicle production when the X5 was launched in 2000. We spotted a niche in the market, which was filled by a car that balanced all the attributes of a traditional off-roader with the on-road performance typified by a BMW saloon."

"As others have followed our lead, the new improved X5 ensures further success for this premium Sports Activity Vehicle. The new model builds on the X5's enviable reputation for premium quality, performance and exceptional residuals, with far more than just a mid-life facelift. New engines, six speed gearboxes and ground-breaking new xDrive will keep the X5 at the top of its segment in the UK for many more years, proving the wisdom of targeting niches within the industry.

"Our strategy for developing premium niche vehicles continues with the forthcoming launches of models like the 6 Series and X3. Expect these to mirror the success of the X5 in the years to come."
2003 BMW X5 | Part Six
Published 22 November 2003 Melanie Carter

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