BMW has announced that its latest SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle), the BMW X5 is now in its fourth generation. Set to be launched from November 2018 onwards, it grows larger, employs newer tech, and for the first time, will also be offered with an off-road pack.
As you can see in the photos, it’s moved closer to the X7 Concept with a larger grille but thankfully has retained its own proportions. At 4922 mm, it’s longer by 36 mm, wider by 66 mm, and taller by 19 mm. But most importantly, the wheelbase has been increased by 42 mm.
Engine choices — like the launch timeline — will be market-specific, but BMW has announced the line up nevertheless: new V8 petrol, and inline six petrol and diesel units. An eight-speed Steptronic gearbox will be standard, and same goes for the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive.
There will be two model lines: xLine and M Sport package, and various exterior and interior bits will vary accordingly. The standout features on the new X5 include optional 22-inch alloys, BMW Live Cockpit Professional Display, fully digital instrument panel, panoramic glass roof, Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, etc.
But another first — where it really matters — for the X5 is the inclusion of Emergency Stop Assistant (AEB) and the Off-Road package. The former, in case of imminent collision applies brakes automatically and even steers the vehicle by the side of the road. The Off-Road package includes two-axle air suspension, undercarriage guard at the front and rear, off-road driving modes and corresponding settings for the xDrive, DSC, transmission, and accelerator. Both the instrument cluster and the Control Display will have separate sections dedicated to off-road driving.
The new BMW X5 will be launched in November 2018, depending on the market. The SUV will be produced at BMW’s plant in the USA. An India-related announcement is yet to be made.