BMW X5 gets springtime facelift
Under the changes, the latest X5 receives three new Euro 5-compliant engines, comprising the xDrive30d, xDrive40d – replacing the xDrive35d – and the xDrive50i – replacing the xDrive48i.
The move means that the entry-level xDrive30d becomes the first conventionally-powered luxury SAV to record a sub-200g/km CO2 reading, says BMW. The 245bhp engine emits 195g/km whilst consuming 38.2mpg on the combined cycle yet power is up 10bhp on the previous xDrive30d.
Further up the model range, the new xDrive40d replaces the twin-turbocharged xDrive35d and offers a 10% improvement in emissions, emitting 198g/km CO2 whilst delivering 37.7mpg on the combined cycle. Performance has also increased and the 0-62mph time is reduced to 6.6 seconds from 7.0 seconds, thanks to an increase of 20bhp.
The xDrive50i also gains more power – up by 53bhp compared to the model it replaces to reach a total of 408bhp. The extra performance comes from the new twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which is said to feature a world first by having the catalytic converter located in the vee.
All models come with the new eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The new BMW X5 also features a number of exterior changes, including revised front bumpers with enlarged vents, matt aluminium-look lower scuff plates and vent fins, and new xenon headlights.
The updates are completed by a number of new additions to the standard equipment list. For the first time leather upholstery comes as standard across the entire X5 range, while xenon headlights and Servotronic are also included.
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