BMW, the German luxury car manufacturer has officially started the production of the third generation BMW X5 in the USA. The first, new BMW X5 is a Mineral White M50d (six-cylinder inline diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology). It features Exclusive Nappa Mocha leather interior and will be exported to a dealer in Eastern Europe.
“Since 1999, the X5 has been a significant contributor to the Spartanburg plant’s global success,” said BMW Manufacturing President, Josef Kerscher. “Our team will continue to build the next-generation X5 with the superior quality that our customers around the world have come to expect from South Carolina.” The 2014 BMW X5, creator of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment and global market leader in its class, has set new standards in powerful design, luxurious spaciousness, cutting-edge versatility and efficient driving pleasure.
The new BMW X5 will be offered in three engine variants - BMW X5 xDrive50i with a new generation of the V8 petrol engine that churns out 450bhp, BMW X5 xDrive30d with revised six-cylinder in-line diesel mill that develops 258bhp, and the BMW X5 M50d M Performance Automobile with tri-turbo six-cylinder in-line diesel that belts out 381bhp. The company will add the BMW X5 xDrive40d, BMW X5 xDrive35i, BMW X5 xDrive25d and BMW X5 sDrive25d by December.
The front-end of the 2014 BMW X5 features twin circular headlight units extending into the BMW kidney grille. The new X5 sports a stretched silhouette, swag line over the athletically molded wheel arches, horizontal lines and taut surfaces at the rear. The vehicle’s aerodynamic properties integrate harmoniously into its overall design language, including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and Aero Blades for the rear window. Finally, the bumper’s X-shaped contour lines clearly designate it as a member of the BMW X model family.
The new vehicle is engineered with a commitment to reducing fuel consumption and emissions through weight minimization, optimized air guidance, engine technology and the standard-fitted and an extremely efficient eight-speed automatic gearbox with additional BMW EfficiencyDynamics technology. It features Auto Start Stop function, ECO PRO mode including coasting function and Proactive Driving Assistant. All models have the EU6 rating.
The new BMW X5 is the only vehicle in its segment available with Active Steering, a technology developed by BMW, and AdaptiveDrive, a combination of Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control, which offers greater handling capability and ride quality. It is also the first SAV fitted with run-flat tires as standard equipment. Since 1999, more than 1.3 million X5s have been produced for global customers. The X5 Sports Activity Vehicle is produced exclusively at BMW Manufacturing Co. for distribution to more than 140 worldwide markets.