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The new BMW X5 is powered by the latest, most advanced engines. A choice of three units is offered, all of which feature increased power compared to the engines in the outgoing model, while also posting more economical consumption figures and reduced emissions. The biggest seller in Ireland will be a 2,993cc six -cylinder diesel but, for those preferring the characteristics of petrol power, the X5 can also be specified with a 2,996cc six-cylinder or a 4,799cc V8 engine.
The BMW X5 3.0d compared to the former 3.0-litre diesel engine, sees the new X5 record improved performance figures. It is now seven per cent more fuel efficient with a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.7 l/100km while also emitting eight per cent less CO2. The 3.0d engine records 231g/km.
While the new X5 is more economical it still comes with increased power. Output from the 3.0d engine is 231hp, up six per cent compared to the previous model, and maximum torque is 520 Nm, up four per cent. This peak torque is available from 2,000 to 2,750 rpm offering near instantaneous reactions for swift yet refined motoring. Such an advanced engine powers the BMW X5 3.0d from zero to 100km/h in 8.3 seconds before going on to a top speed of 216 km/h (209km/h for a non-Dynamic Package equipped model).
BMW claim that the BMW X5 offers unsurpassed safety credentials and on-road ability. Not only does its intelligent xDrive four-wheel-drive system transfer power between front and rear wheels depending on available grip for optimum handling, but it can now be specified with Adaptive Drive and Active Steering – two advanced systems never offered before on a BMW X model.
In a first for a BMW, the new X5 can be specified with an optional third row of seats allowing up to seven occupants to be transported in comfort. An increase of 19cm in overall body length and an increase in body width of 6cm, combined with innovative design, has made it possible to introduce a brace of seats in the rear, while still retaining luggage space. However, unlike many competitors, even with all seven seats in place there is still 200 litres of boot space. The two extra seats, complete with three-point seatbelts and head restraints, are stowed under the boot floor when not in use. BMW X5 owners who do not specify the third row of seats benefit instead from an additional 90-litre storage compartment situated below the boot floor.
Whatever seating combination an owner chooses, the new BMW X5 is capable of taking most payloads.
In a standard five-seat configuration the boot measures 620 litres - up 155 litres compared to the outgoing X5. For those looking to move sizeable objects, luggage capacity increases to 1,750 litres with all the rear seats stowed - a figure greater than that of any other BMW.
While being one of the most practical cars BMW has ever made, BMW says that the new X5 still has a luxurious interior feel and a dynamic and sporty exterior shape. A drag coefficient as low as 0.33 places the BMW X5 at the top of its segment as the most aerodynamically efficient large SAV or SUV. This low figure is partly achieved by a rear tailgate that incorporates a roof spoiler and a near flat underbody to aid airflow. Nine exterior colours are offered initially alongside four levels of trim and seven upholstery colours to allow owners to personalise their X5s.
BMW's innovative iDrive control system also comes to the X5 for the first time. A new 'wave' style of dashboard houses the colour display while the iDrive controller sits on the centre console adjacent to the new style of gear selector.
The controller is complemented by eight buttons integrated as system short cuts for ease of use.
Supplementing the standard fit front and rear Park Distance Control, X5 customers have the option to specify a rear camera for added parking convenience.
Automatically activated when the reverse gear is selected, the driver is presented with a wide-angle colour image on the iDrive display in the centre console.
The BMW X5 has proved to be a huge global hit since it was launched in 1999 with more than 580,000 sold. In Ireland, 1,615 units were sold over its lifecycle to Irish customers. Confirmed prices for the new BMW X5 and details of the Dynamic Package will be revealed nearer to the Spring 2007 Irish market launch date.