BMW X5 (2013)
BMW X5 (2013)

The new third generation BMX X5 is going on sale on the 16th November 2013 priced from £42,590 for the entry level sDrive25d SE and £44,895 for the all-wheel-drive model.

The new X5 will be available for the first time with the choice of two-wheel (sDrive) or four-wheel drive (xDrive) and there will be the option of five TwinPower Turbo engines - four diesel and one petrol all with eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW have worked hard to reduced both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, with all engines meeting the EU6 emissions standards which are to be introduced in September 2014.

For example the 3.0-litre six-cylinder xDrive30d is 19 per cent more fuel efficient, with economy improved by 7.4mpg and CO2 reduced by 33g/km - despite an increase in power and torque of 13hp and 20Nm. Standard eco-measures across the range include ECO PRO, Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand use of auxiliary units, electric power steering and low rolling resistance tyres.

ECO PRO adapts the engine management, accelerator response and transmission characteristics to support a particularly fuel-efficient driving style, and even programmes the climate control and heated seats and mirrors for the most efficient use of energy. In conjunction with the standard BMW Professional Multimedia navigation system, it can even advise the driver to ease off the accelerator when approaching corners or lower speed limit areas through the Proactive Driving Assistant function.

From launch there will be the choice of xDrive30d, M50d and xDrive50i models. Due to a reduction in the weight of the X5 there will be a four-cylinder diesel model joining the line-up by the end of the year.

The exterior has been sharpened with a more contemporary feel although it familiarly an X5 with LED lighting taking centre place, there is the option of LED headlights.

There are two trim packages SE and M Sport and there is the addition of Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence packages to customise the X5 to the owner's preference.

There is more in cabin space with the choice of either sports or comfort seating - heated comfort seats are available for middle row passengers. An Easy Entry function and a grip on the C-pillar make access to the rear simpler. The third-row seats can be lowered into the floor individually. The folding backrest in the middle row is now split 40:20:40 as standard for greater versatility. The BMW X5 offers a minimum of 650 litres of luggage space, and 1,870 litres - an increase of 30 litres with the seats up and 120 litres with them folded - in two-seat formation. The split tailgate includes automatic operation of the upper section as standard and, now, remote control closing as well as opening.

Technology includes Driving Assistant which comprises Lane Departure Warning and a pedestrian and collision warning system with braking function. The Driving Assistant Plus package adds Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go to maintain a safe distance to vehicles ahead from around 19mph through a combination of a front-end camera and full-range radar sensors. It can brake the X5 to a standstill if necessary and will later this year include Traffic Jam Assistant to maintain the X5's position in its lane at up to 25mph.

Dynamic Safety adjusts the seat belts, front passenger seat, windows and sunroof (if fitted) to the optimum position to survive an accident, while Attention Assistant can sense possible driver fatigue and issue audible and visual alerts. There is also the standard BMW Emergency Call, which identifies the X5's position after an accident and automatically advises the BMW Call Centre of the severity of the impact, the number of occupants and if any airbags were triggered.

The Glare-free High-beam Assistant allows full beam to be maintained even when there are other vehicles approaching or immediately ahead by masking the portion of the light pattern which could blind other drivers. It is therefore easier for the X5 driver to see pedestrians, cyclists or unlit parked cars at the roadside. BMW Night Vision now detects not only pedestrians but also animals, and includes the Dynamic Light Spot to illuminate anything heat-radiating outside the headlight beam area.

The BMW Parking Assistant (planned from late 2013) will identify suitable parking spaces and not only steer the X5 into them but also operate the accelerator and brake, while Surround-view gives the driver a 360-degree view of the outside of the car. There is also a new version of the BMW Head-Up Display which is able to put additional information on the windscreen, such as telephone contact lists, entertainment programmes, speed limit information and overtaking restrictions. The X5 is also available with Concierge Services to make hotel reservations or search for telephone numbers and addresses, while Real Time Traffic Information can guide the driver away from hold-ups on the chosen route.

Internet access and Online Entertainment, giving access to 12 million music tracks, are available, while BMW Apps includes web radio, customised music programming and access to Facebook and Twitter. A Harman Kardon Surround Sound system and a Bang & Olufsen Advanced audio system are available.

Published : 01/06/13 Author : Staff

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