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(Press release by BMW)
THE NEW BMW X5
Perfect Blend of Driving Dynamics, Functionality and Exclusivity
• Sports Activity Vehicle with further enhanced driving dynamics.
• More power and greater efficiency: inline six and V8 power
• Only vehicle in its segment with Active Steering, AdaptiveDrive,
Head-Up Display and standard runflat tires.
• Standard: new six-speed automatic transmission
with electronic gear selector.
• Further enhanced: full-time BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.
• Weight-optimized bodyshell with extreme torsional stiffness.
• Larger interior with up to seven seats.
• New iDrive control concept with six programmable keys.
• Exclusive interior with innovative options.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 8, 2006… Its predecessor paved
the way for a brand-new type of vehicle. Now the new BMW X5 raises
the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) driving experience to an even
higher standard. Powerful eight and six-cylinder engines, unique
suspension, enhanced BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, as well
as a weight-optimized bodyshell with extreme torsional stiffness all
interact to ensure excellent agility and dynamic performance.
The new BMW X5 is the only vehicle in its segment available with
both Active Steering, developed by BMW, and AdaptiveDrive (a
combination of Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping
Control). It is also the first SAV fitted with runflat tires as
The powerful elegance of the exterior design, just like the flexible
and elegant interior, clearly underlines the dynamic character of
the new BMW X5.
The new X5 will be available in the U.S. with either a 4.8-liter V8
capable of 350 horsepower or a 3.0-liter inline-six with 260
The all-new X5 has all the attributes that made the original Sports
Activity Vehicle such an innovative concept, and elevates them to
The interior of the original X5 was one of its hallmarks. The
interior in the new BMW X5 combines the most sophisticated materials
with numerous innovative options, thus a first-class ambience.
With sales of approximately 580,000 units worldwide since its launch
in 1999, the BMW X5 has become an outstanding global success and
still enjoys great popularity to this day. Of course the U.S. is the
market where the X5 has had the greatest impact. Over 240,000 BMW
X5s have been sold in the U.S. alone.
As it was with the original, the goal was to offer the customer a
generously dimensioned, luxuriously appointed and, at the same time,
highly robust premium vehicle. With BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive and
greater ground clearance the X5 possesses all the requirements for
venturing out on rough terrain. By combining these attributes with
outstanding on-road driving dynamics, BMW has initiated a completely
new trend in the global vehicle market.
Characteristic seating position, flexible interior.
The new BMW X5 is 7.4 inches longer than its predecessor. However,
the body designers have maintained the typical proportions of BMW’s
outstanding SAV, as well as the overall sporting character of the
vehicle. The extra size only becomes apparent at first glance within
the interior of the new BMW X5.
Significant ground clearance and the high, command seating position
continue to characterize the unique driving experience. At the same
time the interior is even more flexible than before and, for the
first time, allows the integration of an optional, third row of
seats. Just as with the original, the interior of the new X5 is
characterized by premium flair and a wide range of features which
set new standards for vehicles in this segment.
Driving dynamics typical of BMW SAV.
The new BMW X5 further enhances its leadership in driving dynamics.
While the previous model was successful in setting and remaining the
benchmark in this respect throughout its entire product cycle, BMW’s
drivetrain and chassis development specialists have now set the
standard even higher in terms of power and performance, agility,
dynamics, and ride comfort. They have achieved this while retaining
the basic principles of unit-body design, independent suspension,
and full-time, electronically controlled variable all-wheel drive.
Both engines for the BMW X5 have been substantially upgraded in
power, performance and refinement. The chassis and suspension –
which enable this new-found power and performance to be used to best
effect on road, track or no road at all – is brand-new from the
Innovative and exclusive suspension technology.
The new BMW X5 boasts a double wishbone front suspension, which is
noteworthy for this type of vehicle. This optimizes tire contact on
the road and makes the new X5 capable of reaching impressively high
The integral IV rear suspension, patented by BMW, also helps to give
the new BMW X5 truly outstanding potential on the road. Through its
configuration, the rear suspension is better able to separate the
driving and shock-absorbing functions. The wheel mounts and
suspension subframe, as well as no less than four control arms,
takes up drive and dynamic forces fed into the suspension. Lastly,
soft front swing mounts on the rear suspension subframe, optimize
the longitudinal suspension of the wheel guidance elements and
enhance ride comfort substantially.
The new rack-and-pinion steering with a variable transmission ratio
geared to the steering angle meets the requirements of different
driving situations at all times. The steering helps keep the driver
safely in control of his vehicle even at higher speeds, offering
outstanding directional stability. In bends, on the other hand, the
driver will feel more direct steering response with the steering
ratio geared to the steering angle which provides a dynamic style of
Unique in the segment: Active Steering and AdaptiveDrive.
The new BMW X5 is the first vehicle in its class to offer Active
Steering as an option. This advanced system developed by BMW offers
the right steering ratio at all speeds. Up to a speed of
approximately 55 mph (90 km/h), steering behavior is more direct,
meeting the requirements of sporting and active driving. Another
advantage is that the driver only has to turn the steering wheel
twice from lock to lock. At higher speeds, on the other hand, the
Active Steering transmission is more indirect, enhancing the
directional stability of the vehicle and, accordingly, driving
Active Steering, when ordered, is combined in the new BMW X5 with
Servotronic for optimal power steering boost at all speeds. Active
Steering can also help to stabilize the X5 should the driver
experience the onset of oversteering or understeering in a bend or
in particularly demanding brake maneuvers. When applying the brakes
on surfaces with varying frictional coefficients (split-friction
braking), for example, Active Steering precisely but discreetly
countersteers to help the X5 stop in a sure straight line.
Carefully coordinated interaction of the anti-roll bars and shock
absorbers by way of AdaptiveDrive, part of the Sport Package in the
U.S., is equally unique in this SAV’s segment. The combination of
Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control gives the
new BMW X5 a standard of handling capability and ride quality never
seen before in a vehicle of this kind. Using sensors, AdaptiveDrive
constantly monitors and calculates data on the road speed of the
vehicle, its steering angle, straight-line and lateral acceleration,
body and wheel acceleration, as well as height levels. Then, based
on this information, the system controls both the swivel motors on
the anti-roll bars and the electromagnetic shock-absorber valves,
controlling body roll and damping as required at all times.
Simply by pressing a button, the driver can choose either a sporting
or a more comfortable basic setting of AdaptiveDrive.
World debut: data transfer via FlexRay.
The FlexRay high-speed data transmission system is used for the
first time in the industry for fast and reliable coordination of all
AdaptiveDrive functions. FlexRay has been enhanced to production
standard by a consortium of development companies under the
leadership of BMW. This system offers a level of data transfer
capacity never seen before. The new BMW X5 is the first vehicle in
the world to feature FlexRay technology.
Even more precise: intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive
standard in every BMW SAV.
The new BMW X5 remains sure-footed and agile in every situation and
on every surface thanks largely to BMW’s intelligent, full-time
xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Under normal driving conditions,
drive forces are spread out front-to-rear in a 40 : 60 split.
Reacting extremely quickly and precisely, xDrive ensures variable
power distribution front-to-rear as soon as a specific driving
situation or surface conditions require.
To perform this function, BMW xDrive features a center differential
with an electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch which feeds
the power of the engine to where it can be used to best effect.
Hence, this all-wheel-drive system, which was introduced by BMW,
offers a level of security in spirited driving. It works to
counteract any over- or understeer in bends immediately by moving
power to the front or the rear as required to help stabilize the
BMW xDrive supports yet another feature typical of the BMW X5 by
ensuring maximum traction on difficult surfaces. Here again,
variable control instantaneously shifts drive power to the axle with
better grip thereby ensuring maximum stability and traction under
These many qualities of BMW’s electronically controlled
all-wheel-drive system give not only the BMW X5 and X3 SAVs, but
rather all BMWs equipped with xDrive truly outstanding driving
qualities at all times. The system is recognized as so beneficial
that BMW has now become the world’s most successful manufacturer of
all-wheel-drive vehicles in the premium segment.
Integrated Chassis Management for optimum control quality.
To distribute drive power quickly and with maximum precision, xDrive
all-wheel drive, DSC, engine management and Active Steering are all
networked with one another via Integrated Chassis Management, which
ensures an optimum balance of drive power distribution, individual
application of the brakes on each wheel, and engine management.
This symbiosis of fully harmonized suspension and chassis management
sets the foundation for driving dynamics and active safety of the
highest all-round standard.
DSC with new functions, faster and even more precise hydraulic
Boasting an even higher standard of performance for optimum comfort,
convenience and function, Dynamic Stability Control on the new BMW
X5 makes a particularly important contribution to safe and active
driving. The basic functions of the overall DSC system include ABS
brakes, Automatic Stability Control, Dynamic Stability Control, Hill
Descent Control, Dynamic Brake Control which maximizes brake
pressure whenever required for particularly powerful deceleration,
Cornering Brake Control which helps to prevent the vehicle from
“turning into” a bend when applying the brakes lightly and – as the
name implies – Trailer Stability Control.
Automatic Differential Brake, another highly sophisticated
electronic system, helps keep the driver in control by automatically
applying the brakes on a wheel about to lose traction.
BMW’s new DSC system further enhances safety through various
additional functions. First, Brake Fade Compensation works to
counteract any decrease in brake power at extremely high
temperatures by increasing brake forces accordingly (anti-fading
support). Brake Standby provides a moderate build-up of brake forces
in emergency situations which may require sudden deceleration. Brake
Drying, as yet another example, optimizes the performance of the
brakes in the wet, while the start-off assistant makes it easier to
start off on an uphill grade. The parking brake of the new X5 uses
both an electro-mechanical and hydraulic function activated or
released at the touch of a button.
Dynamic Traction Control for greater spin and more dynamic
Reflecting its high standard of driving dynamics, the new BMW X5
also comes with Dynamic Traction Control. All the driver has to do
to activate the DTC mode is press a button on the center console.
This raises the threshold for intervention of the engine and brakes
by DSC, allowing the BMW X5 to set off smoothly on loose snow or
sand with the drive wheels intentionally spinning slightly. Last but
certainly not least, DTC promotes an even more sporting and active
style of driving by allowing more wheel-spin before intervening.
The high-performance brake system in the new BMW X5, supported by
the wide range of new DSC functions, ensures excellent stopping
power in every situation. Vented discs on all four wheels ensure
maximum braking efficiency.
Brake disc diameters on the BMW X5 3.0si are 13.1 inches in front
and 12.6 in the rear. On the X5 4.8i, in turn, the corresponding
measurements are 13.7 and 13.6 inches respectively.
First SAV featuring runflat tires standard.
The new BMW X5 is the first vehicle in its class with runflat tires
standard. These tires, which are mounted on extended hump rims, are
the fourth generation of runflat tires. Runflat tires allow the
driver to go on driving even after a complete loss of tire pressure.
The driver can continue up to 90 miles at a speed up to 50 mph even
with the vehicle fully loaded.
Both models of the new BMW X5 come standard with 18-inch light-alloy
wheels with 255/55 all-season tires. Larger 19-inch light-alloy
wheels with all-season tires are included with the optional sports
package. On the X5 4.8i with Sport Package, 20 inch wheels with
275/40 front and 315/35 rear performance tires may be ordered. Here
again, the tires are runflats.
The standard Tire Pressure Monitor warns the driver of a gradual
loss of air pressure. Consistently monitoring actual tire pressure,
this system registers any deviation from normal pressure. A graphic
symbol in the instrument cluster display informs the driver whenever
the system detects a loss of pressure.
Dynamic and efficient V8 performance
It goes without saying that a premium segment SAV requires and
deserves a choice of powerplants which provide impressive torque and
power combined with outstanding running refinement. For the U.S.
there will be two models, one six cylinder and one V8.
The V8 in the BMW X5 4.8i offers a high level of performance at all
times. Upgraded and renewed in virtually every respect, this
top-of-the-line engine develops a maximum output of 350 hp from an
engine capacity of 4,799 cubic centimeters. In addition to
double-VANOS variable camshaft adjustment and VALVETRONIC fully
variable valve drive, the V8 now comes with even more sophisticated
and efficient engine management.
The V8 in the new BMW X5 4.8i develops maximum torque of 350 lb-ft
from 3,400 to 3,800 rpm, offering efficient dynamics of the highest
standard. Accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds,
this top-end model will not disappoint the true driving enthusiast.
Last but not least, the new V8 in the BMW X5 4.8i fulfils the
exhaust emission regulations of both the Euro 4 standard and the
ULEV II classification in the US.
Responsive and light: the magnesium/aluminum inline six.
The inline-six in the new BMW X5 3.0si likewise reflects the latest
state of the art in engine design. This 3.0-liter engine combines
smooth, linear response with superior refinement and harmony.
Maximum output is 260 hp, peak torque of 225 lb-ft comes at 2,750
rpm. The BMW X5 3.0si accelerates to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
Double-VANOS and VALVETRONIC also help to give this engine optimum
output and efficiency. Engine weight has been reduced at the same
time thanks to the magnesium/ aluminum crankcase. It reduces the
overall weight of the new six-cylinder by 22 lbs to just 355 lbs –
an advantage which helps to achieve near-perfect weight balance and
reduce vehicle weight.
The water pump in the cooling system now operates electrically only
on demand which also makes an additional contribution to all-round
New six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with even
shifting and enhanced shift comfort.
The new BMW X5 comes standard with a six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic
transmission enhanced to an even higher level than before. The new
six-speed automatic shifts with unparalleled speed, for outstanding
precision and efficiency. It provides not only driving comfort but,
above all, the dynamic performance expected of a BMW X5. And the
transmission helps the engine to achieve a high standard of
all-round fuel economy.
The new automatic transmission comes in two versions tailored
specifically to the torque of the six-cylinder engine, on the one
hand and the V8, on the other. Both versions feature new converter
technology and particularly efficient, high-performance software
which reduces reaction and shift times versus a conventional
automatic transmission by up to 50 per cent. And direct detection of
the target gear required allows the driver to skip one or even
several gears when shifting down, without taking any additional
With its unusually dynamic gearshift and extremely direct connection
to the engine, the new six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission
is a rewarding partner for either engine. And at the same time it
helps to ensure smooth, relaxed and fuel-efficient cruising at low
New electronic gear selector.
The automatic transmission is controlled by a new electronic gear
selector featured for the first time on the new BMW X5. The new
electronic gearshift selector lever moves back to its starting
position after each use.
Transmission management is now no longer mechanical, but is effected
through electrical signals. The parking position, for example, is
activated by pressing the P button on the upper side of the selector
lever. Then, to select a drive gear manually, all the driver has to
do is press the selector lever to the left and is now able to shift
gears sequentially by hand. To shift up, pull the selector lever
back and to shift down, push the selector lever forwards. A display
in the selector lever itself and in the instrument cluster shows
which gear is currently engaged.
Apart from short and ergonomically convenient gearshift travel
ensuring a high standard of comfortable use, the new gearshift lever
offers the further advantage of providing enough space on the center
console for additional storage areas and two generous cupholders.
Presence and elegance in one: outstanding design.
The BMW X5 has always been known for its style. The new model
captures and enhances the original’s look of powerful elegance and
presence. The proportions of the former model have been carefully
developed and enhanced. The overall look of the vehicle conveys a
powerful touch of agility despite even larger dimensions – length up
7.4 inches, width by 2.4.
This special style is ensured by the short body overhangs front and
rear, as well as the larger wheels. The small distance between the
front axle and instrument panel guides the eyes of the beholder even
more directly to the front end of the new X5. The result is a
perfect optical balance of the front and rear section.
With its longer wheelbase, the new BMW X5 achieves a significantly
higher standard of stability and presence. The stretched side
section borders at the rear on the powerful
D-pillar. The lines of all pillars come together to form an
appropriately shortened roofline supporting the overall impression
of elegance and athleticism.
A classical BMW design feature from the side is the contour line at
the same level as the door handles, rising slightly to the rear.
This is where the vehicle’s convex and concave surfaces come
together. The contour line starting behind the front wheel arches
and encircles the entire rear section completely interrupted by the
rear light clusters.
Powerful-looking front end, dynamic rear section.
The powerfully domed contour of the engine compartment lid, the
three-dimensional bars on the BMW kidney grille, and the headlight
units integrated in the side panels all act together to give the
front end of the new BMW X5 particularly powerful expression. The
lines project a sense of urgency and motion. The contours reflect
the muscular character of the X5. The dual round headlights appear
to be slightly cut off at the top, giving the entire front end a
clear and dynamic focus.
Powerful elegance is also the name of the game at the rear end of
the new BMW X5. The high upper edge of the rear bumper accentuates
the sheer width of the vehicle and, as a result, its strong and
stable stance on the road. This impression is then further enhanced
by the horizontal structure of the rear light clusters. Shaped in
BMW’s typical L-design, they wrap far around into the rear tailgate.
Four LED light rods give the new BMW X5 a powerful and striking
appearance from behind, night or day.
The combination of convex and concave surfaces combines the powerful
flair so typical of BMW’s SAV models with the elegant presence of a
genuine premium vehicle. This entire configuration creates a dynamic
flow of light and shade symbolizing lightness and giving the
surfaces a clear structure. The muscular wheel arches enhance the
X5’s strong presence. And last but not least, the clear accentuation
of the horizontal wheel line expressed by the wide track again helps
to give the new BMW X5 a truly individual look.
Aerodynamic, safe and spacious: the body.
One of the outstanding qualities of the body design of the new BMW
X5 is unusually good streamlining with a low drag coefficient. Lift
forces kept to a minimum enhance both driving dynamics and safety.
And the drag coefficient of 0.34 (X5 3.0si) represents an
outstanding achievement in this segment.
The new BMW X5 is the first production vehicle in the world to
feature a roof spoiler with aerodynamic edges integrated into the
side for a precisely defined cut-off of air flow. In addition to the
roof spoiler, the rear lights come with cut-off edges to improve the
flow of air.
Measuring 191.1 inches in length and 76.1 inches in width, the new
BMW X5 is larger than its predecessor. But it remains an elegant and
sporting vehicle to behold from every angle.
This makes the space and flexibility of the interior even more
impressive. The new BMW X5 offers space enough for five to travel in
style and comfort.
Maximum flexibility: two additional seats in the third row.
A further sign of the high standard of flexibility offered by the
new X5 is the option of third row seats. This provides adequate
space for two more passengers comfortably accommodating occupants up
to approximately 5´ 6´´ in height.
These two seats come complete with three-point inertia-reel seat
belts and headrests adjustable for height. To ensure convenient
access to this third row of seats, the second row may be moved
forward with their backrests upright, while grab recesses in the
inner lining on the C-pillars help to ensure easy access.
The backrest incline on the second row of seats is adjustable to
four different positions and variable in length, helping above all
to accommodate large and bulky items in the cargo area.
Enhanced comfort in the third row seats is ensured by separate
heating and ventilation nozzles. When the seats aren’t needed, they
may be stowed individually into the floor of the luggage
compartment, completely out of sight. This provides a large cargo
area from front to rear together with the second row seats folded
down. Passengers in the second row of seats enjoy about 1.5 inches
more kneeroom than in the former model.
Regardless of the number of seats being used, generous space is
always offered behind the two-piece tailgate. The cargo floor is now
almost 4 inches longer than before.
An additional storage compartment beneath the floor of the luggage
compartment on models without a third row of seats offers an extra
3.15 cubic feet of storage space. Overall storage capacity for the
new X5 is 75.2 cu. ft., an eight percent improvement over the
Intelligent lightweight construction: greater solidity improves
comfort, handling and safety
BMW’s engineers and designers have succeeded in making the body of
the new X5 even stiffer. To provide additional space and extra
solidity without a significant increase in weight, the engineers
have concentrated consistently on intelligent lightweight
Both the choice of materials and the arrangement and geometry of the
support bars, arms and reinforcement members are based on an overall
concept designed for maximum safety in a crash combined with
superior agility. Torsional stiffness versus the former model is up
approximately 15 per cent from 23,500 to 27,000 Nm/degree.
The BMW X5 is a vehicle which, taking its body dimensions into
account, offers the highest standard of solidity and agility
currently possible. Even the extra-large panoramic glass roof
included in the Premium Package does not have any noticeable effects
on the stiffness of the overall bodyshell.
Torsional stiffness and crash safety of the highest standard.
Stiffness at the front is optimized without an increase in weight by
low-lying support arms around the wheel arches which curve in
towards the middle of the vehicle and provide a firm connection to
the engine supports. Around the C-pillars a fully-closed torsion
ring also serves to enhance body stiffness.
Body stiffness is further increased by wedges on the rear lid at
medium height on the two
D-pillars when closed. Contact between the wedge elements and the
surrounds is ensured by way of the soft close function of the rear
lid, and the improvement of stiffness at the rear is quite
substantial. In fact, to achieve the same effect any other way, the
engineers and body designers would have required additional metal
sheet components weighing about 13 lbs.
High- and ultra-high-strength steel is used at the rear end of the
new BMW X5 in order to achieve optimum stiffness and load resistance
in a rear-end collision despite minimum use of material. At the
front, in turn, use of a cast aluminum spring support serves to
reduce weight while optimizing stiffness.
The front fenders and their modular supports are made of
thermoplastic and the hood is made of aluminum. This serves to
achieve several development targets all in one. Apart from lower
weight and greater freedom in design, one of these targets is also
all-round protection for pedestrians.
The foundation for passive safety: the stable passenger cell.
To optimize passive safety to the highest standard, the design and
construction engineers focused from the start in developing the
body-in-white of the new BMW X5 on maximum stability of the
passenger cell. Forces acting on the vehicle in the event of an
accident are passed on via the engine supports and chassis along
various load paths, preventing extreme loads on any individual
Given its body structure and wide range of safety features, the new
BMW X5 offers all the prerequisites for performing in all relevant
crash tests with flying colors. In creating the overall concept of
passive and active safety, the engineers have also carefully
considered the latest results in BMW accident research, giving the
new BMW X5 not only frontal and hip/thorax airbags, but also curtain
Head Protection System as standard features. These airbags inflate
out of the A-pillar covers and roof lining to help protect the
occupants in the first two rows.
The new BMW X5 is equipped with three-point inertia-reel belts on
all seats. These restraints come with belt force limiters. The front
seats also have belt latch tensioners. And last but certainly not
least, ISOFIX child seat fastenings are standard on the second row
In the event of an impending rollover, rollover sensors in the new
BMW X5 are networked with DSC in order to activate the curtain
airbags and belt latch tensioners when need. To help prevent
collisions from the rear, the new BMW X5, like BMW’s other models,
is equipped with two-stage adaptive brake lights. Whenever the
driver applies the brakes particularly hard, this enlarges the size
of the lighted area, creating a clear signal for motorists following
from behind to brake hard as well.
The interior: functional, elegant and refined.
The higher, command seating position and the arrangement of the
driver-oriented instrument panel convey the impression of
uninhibited control. All functions and displays in the comfort zone
in the middle of the dashboard are clear and easy-to-read even by
the front passenger. The Control Display for the BMW iDrive
operating system is housed on the instrument panel at the same level
as the circular instruments putting it directly in the line of
vision of both the driver and front passenger.
Slender design and the harmonious transitions extending into the
door linings give the instrument panel powerful and elegant flair
all in one. Interacting with the load-bearing element of the center
console and extending down to the bottom, the instrument panel
appears to be hovering freely in space.
Apart from its sophisticated design, high-quality materials,
tasteful color combinations, comfortable seats and padded armrests
ensure a truly stylish ambience. The generous space available, a
wide range of storage boxes and compartments, and premium finish all
reflect the typical character of an outstanding and versatile Sports
The interior of the new BMW X5 combines the exclusive style of a
luxury performance sedan with the flexibility and function of a
There are two leatherette upholsteries available for the X5 3.0si.
The leather alternatives include four Nevada leathers, with two
Nevada leathers available with perforated leather for the available
ventilated seat package. There are also three Napa leather options
available for both models. In all there are four trims offered for
the X5 3.0si and three for the X5 4.8i. These interior choices are
offered in combination with nine exterior paintwork colors, offering
a wide range of flexibility to personalize your new BMW X5.
Galvanized trim strips in Pearl Gloss chrome highlight the elegance
of the new X5 in combination with the trim panels.
BMW iDrive with six programmable memory keys.
To properly control and mastermind the navigation, entertainment and
communication functions, the new BMW X5 features BMW’s trendsetting
iDrive control and operation concept. Comfort and communication
settings are adjusted by turning, pushing and pressing the iDrive
Control on the center console. Functions selected and adjustment
options are presented on the Control Display.
The new auto-dimming monitor, which automatically adjusts in
brightness to ambient light conditions, is positioned in perfect
ergonomic arrangement in the instrument panel, enabling the driver
to read the information displayed at any time without turning his or
her head while keeping eyes squarely on the road.
Last but not least, the driver has six freely programmable memory
keys for choosing favorite functions further facilitating control
operations. Pressing one of the programmable buttons only once, for
example, the driver is able to retrieve telephone numbers, activate
a frequent destination, or tune into a favorite radio station.
As an option, information which is highly relevant to the driver may
also be presented on the available Head-Up Display. Data is
projected at a very convenient ergonomic position on the windshield.
The driver has road speed, navigation instructions, speed control
data and warnings provided by BMW Check/Control in clear view at all
Optimum visibility: xenon headlights, curve and bending lights.
In conjunction with xenon adaptive headlights, which are standard in
the U.S., the new BMW X5 offers an attractive and highly practical
daytime running light function by means of the light rings in the
four round headlights. The rings on the two inner headlights emit
particularly intense and bright light, approximately 100 times
brighter than regular parking lights which improves the visibility
of the vehicle even at a distance.
This also makes the car clearly recognizable at first sight as a
BMW, due to the typical corona light effect. And compared with
standard low-beam headlights, energy consumption of these daytime
running lights is reduced by more than 50 per cent.
In addition to the xenon adaptive headlights, the foglights in the
new X5 also turn. Each time the driver turns, the light beam for the
foglights is guided to the side by a reflector, clearly illuminating
the road ahead in the new direction.
Another feature on the new BMW X5 is Dynamic Cruise Control with
brake function. It acts on the engine management, the gear selected,
and the brakes in order to precisely keep the speed set by the
driver. Constantly registering the car’s lateral acceleration,
Dynamic Cruise Control also recognizes when the X5 is in a bend and
reduces the speed of the car accordingly. To keep the vehicle at the
right speed when driving downhill, and also when towing a trailer,
the system will intervene with the brakes if required.
Sophisticated navigation and audio systems further enhance the
driver’s and passengers’ traveling comfort in the new BMW X5. DVD
video systems for the second row of seats, a CD-changer housed in
the glove compartment as well as an innovative multi-channel audio
system are among the highlights offered in terms of mobile
entertainment. Both the in-dash CD-player as well as the available
CD-changer can play MP-3 encoded CDs. Even the standard audio system
offers 205-watts with 12 speakers, including two sub-woofers mounted
under the front seats. The optional premium sound system features
600 watts of power, Dolby 5.1 surround sound and 16 speakers. Thanks
to the AUX-IN socket featured as standard, music from external audio
sources such as an MP3 player or iPod may also be played through the
One’s listening options may be further enhanced with available
Sirius Satellite Radio or the accessory BMW Interface for iPod which
allows full control of the iPod through the audio system.
Rearview camera makes backing-up safer and easier.
Supplementing the optional Park Distance Control, the new BMW X5 is
available with a backup camera – a video system which facilitates
parking maneuvers especially in confined areas or places with poor
To activate the backup camera, all the driver has to do is press a
button or shift into reverse (in which case the system is activated
automatically together with PDC).
In addition to presenting a wide-angle color video image on the
central Control Display in an optimized perspective, the backup
camera offers a number of other functions. These include interactive
track lines on the screen helping the user find the ideal approach
when maneuvering or parking. Another new function is the marking in
color of obstacles detected by PDC in the true-to-life camera image
in the form of a graph with a three-dimensional effect made possible
through the use of ultrasound sensors.
The camera image may be enlarged to cover the full surface of the
screen, being automatically panned as a function of speed. And last
but not least, the camera lens is automatically heated in cold
temperatures to keep it free of snow and ice.
BMW Ultimate ServiceTM: providing owners with great value and
peace of mind.
The new BMW X5 will be offered with
BMW Ultimate ServiceTM, a
suite of services that includes the BMW Maintenance Program
(formerly called Full Maintenance), Roadside Assistance, the New
Vehicle Limited Warranty and BMW AssistTM with Teleservice.
BMW Ultimate ServiceTM includes:
The BMW Maintenance Program is the only no-cost maintenance
program in the industry that covers wear and tear items like brake
pads and rotors for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
BMW owners pay nothing for all scheduled inspections, oil changes,
brake pads, wiper blade inserts and other wear-and-tear items.
BMW Roadside Assistance is one of the industry’s most
comprehensive plans available. Not only is it no-charge for the
first 4 years, but there is no mileage limit. BMW drivers enjoy the
assurance of on-the-road help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
anywhere in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. This includes
everything from flat tire changes, emergency gasoline and lock-out
assistance, to towing, alternative transportation and even
trip-interruption benefits. This service also includes valuable trip
BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty: Like all current models,
the new BMW X5 will be covered by BMW’s excellent Limited Warranty,
• New-vehicle warranty – 4-year/50,000-mile coverage of the vehicle.
• Rust-perforation warranty – 12-year/unlimited-mileage coverage.
BMW AssistTM provides the driver with services that enhance
on-the-road security and convenience, for added peace of mind. BMW
AssistTM is available as a stand-alone option and is included in the
Premium Package. Starting with MY 2007 vehicles, BMW is the only
manufacturer that will offer this service for 4 years. Most other
services only cover 1 year of service.
As before, included with BMW AssistTM is Bluetooth hands-free phone
connectivity which includes hands-free access to your phonebook.
TeleService automatically notifies the BMW center when a
vehicle needs service. This feature allows the Service Advisor to
proactively set up a customer appointment and have the needed parts
ready. TeleService is Included with the BMW Assist Safety Plan.
The new BMW X5: Groundbreaking concept is again the new benchmark.
Innovative technology, a premium and luxurious ambience, powerful
elegance in body design and superb driving dynamics make the new BMW
X5 a genuine exception in its segment. The new model continues the
tradition of its predecessor, the world’s first Sports Activity
Vehicle, which set the foundation for a brand-new class of vehicles.
The engineers and development specialists creating the new BMW X5
have succeeded once again in crafting a truly unique vehicle for the
market. In a segment now subject to fierce competition, the new BMW
X5 sets the standard yet again in driving dynamics and agility. No
other vehicle combines the qualities so typical of a BMW with the
features of a truly versatile SAV full of style and presence.
Given all these qualities, the new BMW X5 meets all the demands and
requirements of the discerning motorist who, through the choice of
his or her vehicle, wishes to express his personal and independent
lifestyle and at the same time enjoy a new driving experience in a