BMW has just revealed the new 2019 edition of its X5; it’s the fourth generation for the popular SUV model. The automaker released a host of images and provided details ahead of its go-to-market target of November 2018.
The 2019 BMW X5, bigger and better equipped than before, will be powered by new turbo engine developed by the manufacturer, to be available in two versions: a 3.0L inline 6-cylinder delivering 335 hp, and a 4.4L 8-cylinder with an output of 456 hp. Both will work with a Steptronic 8-speed automatic transmission as well as BMW’s all-wheel drive system.
BMW is also debuting a new options package. The Off-road Package will include a locking rear differential as well as extra protective plates under the chassis. Buyers will also be able to choose a two-axle air suspension system.
The new images reveal a more sculpted outline, but on a bigger vehicle – the new X5 is longer overall by 36 mm, has a wheelbase that has stretched by 36 mm, and is wider by 66 mm. At the same time, the design language has been made, if not more discreet, more streamlined.
The 2019 X5 will ride on standard 22-inch alloy wheels, which can be replaced with 22-inch wheels. The M Sport variant will come with light-alloy 21-inch wheels.
Inside, owners will benefit from two 12.3-inch screens, part of BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional system, now offered standard. Also standard is the Driving Assistant system. The driver’s seat gives the driver a higher vantage point in the vehicle, and the instrument cluster and dashboard are strongly driver-focused. The instrumentation is now entirely digital. The central console contains the iDrive Controller, the redesigned speed lever and several other driving-related commands.
The sport seats of the X5’s interior are power adjustable and come heated standard. Available options include ventilated front seats and a massage function.
Some of the notable new features BMW has included in the next-generation X5, include the four-zone climate control system. A glass panoramic roof that provides a larger view than before, and new ambient lighting for the cabin.
Three rows as an option… probably
BMW is hinting but not quite confirming that the model will come in an available three-row configuration, possibly by December 2018 – in other words some time after the model debuts at dealerships. In this configuration, the second row of seats can be moved forward or backward via a panel located in the rear cargo area, and those second-row seats can be power folded down to make accessing the third row easier.
BMW has not announced what prices will accompany the different versions of the new 2019 BMW X5 SUV as they make their way into dealerships, but promised to do so in the days and weeks before the model goes to market.