BMW reveals new X5 SUV

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BMW’s fourth-generation X5 will launch globally from this summer as it ups the ante against rivals such as the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.

The new BMW X5

The new BMW X5

Longer, wider and higher than its predecessor, the newcomer launches ahead of BMW’s new flagship X7 SUV and will be offered in a choice of off-road styled xLine and the typically more popular M Sport trim levels.

From launch, the European range will include three engines. The xDrive40i is the only petrol version, returning 8.5l/100km and offering CO2 emissions from 193g/km, while diesels comprise the likely best-selling xDrive30d (6.0l/100km, 158g/km) and the M50d (6.8l/100km, 179g/km).

All feature an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and four-wheel drive. Both diesel engines are fitted with selective catalytic reduction (AdBlue injection), while the petrol unit features a particulate filter, meeting the latest Euro 6d Temp emissions standard.

BMW said last year that it had copyrighted the iX5 badge, hinting that a plug-in hybrid or fully electric version is also en route – as in the smaller X3.

New technology includes the latest assistance features, an optional off-road package and BMW’s Laserlight headlights, with beams that spread in an X pattern. The X5 also gets the same 12.3-inch iDrive display as in the 5 Series, with the option to add gesture control, as well as seven seats and a two-piece tailgate, opening onto a boot with a load cover that retracts electrically into the floor.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.