BMW launches the new X5
After 18 months of planning the launch, BMW has introduced what can only be described as an all new fourth generation X5.
Looking more svelte than ever, the updated model has an arguably better look to it and features new engines, drive trains and 4,000 new parts.
What I find fascinating is that BMW made the changeover from 2010 X5 to the 2011 model over a single weekend, March 19th to March 22nd. The new vehicles processes were learned alongside the existing models with virtually no ramp-down or -up time.
The new model X5 features exterior design changes including new front and rear bumpers, new front fenders, new headlights and new tail lights. This adaptation significantly enhances the presence of the new X5, making it look fresher and more elegant,” said Bobby Hitt, BMW Department Manager for Corporate Affairs. “In spite of significantly improved performance, thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics, fuel consumption and emission levels are lower by up to 10%.”
“One of the most significant changes for our plant was the introduction of a completely new range of gasoline and diesel engines. Almost every new X5 is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Further, each new drive train offers a new transfer case, new front and rear differentials, and new drive shafts,” said Craig Westbrook, BMW Manufacturings Project Manager for the new X5.
With the addition of BMW ConnectedDrive and new driver assistance systems, several new safety features come standard on the new BMW X5. The Lane Departure Warning feature alerts the driver to unintentional drifting from the roadway by sending a vibration through the steering wheel. Side View cameras integrated into the front of the car allow the driver to see traffic coming from the left or right. Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function ensures that the selected distance from the vehicle ahead is maintained; the system will slow the car down and even come to a complete stop without the driver ever touching the brake pedal.
Editor’s Note: See Ridestory’s road test of the BMW X5 xDrive 35d.