One of BMW’s most popular SUVs is getting a muscular makeover. The fourth generation 2019 BMW X5 is a longer, wider, and taller than the third generation. Its wheelbase has had 1.6 inches added to it while the overall length is 1.1 inches longer. The X5 has gained 2.6 inches of width and one inch of height.
Its subdued styling is in line with the X3’s recent makeover, offering softer lines than what you’ll see other manufacturers employing, but nonetheless appearing poised on the street. The company’s signature kidney grille is front and center accompanied by standard adaptive LED headlights. BMW Laserlights are available and feature blue x-shaped elements. At the rear, all lights are LEDs.
The 2019 BMW X5 will come in two variants, the X5 xDr40i and the X5 xDr50i. All-wheel drive is standard on both models. As is customary throughout the BMW X Series lineup, the xLine models will feature polished metal exterior appointments while M Sport models see many of those metal appointments turned high-gloss black. The SUV has standard 19-inch light-alloy wheels while M Sport models feature 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. Larger wheels are available.
The X5 is a bigger people hauler that has gotten some high-tech enhancements. The SUV offers standard four-zone air conditioning system, a panoramic glass roof with a 30 percent larger see through area than on the outgoing model, ambient lighting with Welcome Light Carpet, and Dynamic Interior Light alerts.
Audiophiles can upgrade from the car’s traditional sound system to a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 20 speakers and 1,500-watt output. BMW is offering the X5 with a rear-seat entertainment system, which features two 10.2-inch full-HD touchscreen displays, a Blu-ray-compatible DVD player, two USB ports, an HDMI socket and two headphone jacks. When present on a vehicle, the navigation system is able to be accessed from the rear seat.
Like the Lexus LX, the 2019 X5 features a split-zone tailgate, which can have both of its sections opened hands-free. An optional Luggage Compartment package gives the vehicle the ability to lower the cargo cover into the floor automatically. A third row of seating will be available, and its movement is controlled via a panel in the tailgate.
The 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i is powered by a brand new turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that achieves 456 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It has a zero to 60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. Auto Start Stop technology is standard but can be turned off.
Under the hood of the 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i is a 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder power plant. It has a maximum output of 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. This model gets to 60 mph from a standstill in 5.3 seconds.
The X5 is built on a new chassis designed for increased sportiness, comfort, and performance. A Dynamic Handling Package and Off-Road package will be available when the X5 goes on sale later this year.
The Off-Road package is a first-time offering for BMW and will feature underbody protection at the front and rear of the vehicle, a two-axle air suspension, and an electronically controlled rear differential lock. The Off-Road package features its own graphics scheme in the instrument cluster and center display, and a button on the center console for selecting the four driving modes.
The X5 will be the first vehicle in BMW’s lineup to come with the seventh generation of iDrive, the company’s infotainment system. iDrive is composed of a high-resolution digital 12.3” instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 12.3” center display screen. The speedometer and tachometer gauges now appear on the outer edges of the instrument cluster display as geometric bands.
Active Driving Assistant comes standard and includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert Rear, and Speed Limit Information. New Traffic Jam Assist technology will be optional and available later this year.
Pricing and an on-sale date will be announced closer to the vehicle’s arrival on dealer lots.
Be sure to check out 2016 BMW X5 review for more information on the prior generation.