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BMW reveals new X5 SUV

BMW’s fourth-generation X5 will go on sale in the UK later this month, priced from £56,710 on the road.


The new BMW X5

Longer, wider and higher than its predecessor, the newcomer launches ahead 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 33.2mpg and offering CO2 emissions from 193g/km, while diesels comprise the likely best-selling xDrive30d (47.1mpg, 158g/km) and the M50d (41.5mpg, 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.