November 22nd, 2018 by

At a glance

  • New, fourth-generation BMW X5 will have its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show (4–14 October 2018)
  • Major BMW X offensive in 2018: the new BMW X3 (end of 2017), X2 (March) and X4 (June) will be followed by the new X5 and X7
  • At over two million units sold, the BMW X5 is the best-selling luxury SAV worldwide, with sales figures continuously rising
  • New BMW X5 has grown in all dimensions; the interior boasts even more premium appeal and a new infotainment concept
  • Many individualization options with BMW xLine, M Sports package and, for the first time, xOffroad package
  • Two petrol and two diesel engines at launch – advanced suspension options for outstanding dynamics and comfort
  • Cutting-edge driver assistance systems, including the world premiere of Reversing Assist, plus Emergency Stop Assistant
  • Luxurious options include 22-inch wheels, Integral Active Steering, Sky Lounge Panorama roof, and new digital services

Unchanged proportions, even more, athletic appearance.

A key concern when developing the design of a new model generation is that while the
changes should be striking and immediately obvious, the model should remain instantly
recognizable. The new BMW X5 is a prime example of how to do it.
The new BMW X5 has grown in all dimensions compared to its predecessor while retaining
its character and proportions. Its design language has become more athletic, with more
clearly defined surfaces and even more precise lines. As usual, the sculpted bonnet has a
muscular appearance, and the front overhang is even shorter than in the predecessor. A
key part of the front design is the large kidney grille, framed by a single surround. The
standard LED headlights are very slim and wrap around into the front wings.

Optional: BMW laser headlights and 22-inch alloys.

The new BMW X5 is also available with BMW laser headlights (range 500 meters). These
are identifiable by blue, x-shaped elements in the headlamp units. The new, three-dimensional
wrap-around LED taillights are a defining characteristic of the rear. Large,
rectangular tailpipes provide a visual cue to the power delivered by all the engines in the
new BMW X5. For the first time, even 22-inch alloys are available.


Anyone who’s ever driven a BMW X5 will feel instantly at home in the cockpit of the new
BMW X5 – even though much has changed. It’s the driver-oriented cockpit design,
excellent all-around visibility and typical BMW interior flair that once again makes the new
BMW luxury SAV unique in this segment.

The optimized multimodal interaction between driver and vehicle.

The new BMW Operating System 7.0 further optimizes the multimodal interaction between
driver and vehicle. Customers can choose different input methods for various functions –
iDrive Controller, touchscreen, the intelligent voice assistant included as standard, gesture
control – with displays adapted according to the type of input. Voice control (with natural language
processing) has been further improved, and gesture control now supports two
additional gestures, for a total of seven. For the first time, Connected packages are
available for the Live Cockpit Professional that make subscribing to other helpful services
particularly easy, as an alternative to subscribing to services in the Store.

Airy ambiance, superior equipment, and workmanship.

Drivers and passengers will really enjoy spending time in the new BMW X5. The materials
convey a premium look and feel. The size of the interior has increased, and the horizontally
layered dashboard design further emphasizes the interior’s width. The center console now
houses the Start/Stop button as well as the new gear selector and further controls for the
optional air suspension and various off-road modes. A striking feature of the new BMW X5
is the special finish with many premium electroplated elements and comprehensive
standard equipment such as electrically adjustable and heated sport leather seats, the
ambient lighting with Welcome Carpet in the door areas, combinable with a great variety of
lighting schemes (Welcome, Goodbye, Door Open or Incoming Call).

Exclusive flair with many luxurious options.

A plethora of options creates a particular sense of luxury on board, adding comfort along
with some quite exceptional features. These include four-zone air conditioning, the
Ambient Air package with interior fragrancing, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround
Sound System with 20 loudspeakers, and the thermal cup holder in the front center
console that can keep beverages either hot or chilled. The optional Panorama glass roof
makes for a brighter interior, with its transparent area now increased by 30 percent. The
Sky Lounge version of the Panorama glass roof uses LEDs at night to create the
appearance of a starry sky. Sophisticated glass trim on the gear selector, Touch Controller,
Start/Stop button and volume control complete the exclusive range of options.
From 12/18, the BMW X5 will be optionally available as a seven-seater again, and with
electric fore/aft adjustment of the rear seats. A new feature (also from 12/18) is that the
cargo cover can be electrically retracted into the luggage compartment floor, and with the
optional Comfort Access, both parts of the two-piece tailgate can now be opened and
closed electrically at the touch of a button. Luggage capacity is 650 to 1,870 liters, and the
rear backrest has a 40/20/40-split folding function.

Latest BMW Personal CoPilot driver assistance systems.

In addition to the new equipment items and suspension technology, the new BMW X5 also
comes with an expanded range of driver assistance systems, taking the car further in the
direction of automated driving. At BMW, these technologies fall under the umbrella term
BMW Personal CoPilot. Standard equipment for the BMW X5 includes a cruise control
system with braking function as well as Lane Departure Warning with lane return and
Frontal Collision Warning with braking intervention, which now also responds to cyclists.

The premiere of new driver assistance functions:

– Park Assist Plus (with extended features): The latest-generation Park Assist is also capable of automatically exiting a parking
space. When activated, the Park Assist parks the vehicle automatically in parking spaces
that are parallel or perpendicular to the road. The car can also automatically maneuver
out of parallel parking spaces (limited functionality at first; full functionality due to
become available in 11/18).

The new Reversing Assist provides a currently unmatched form of support when
maneuvering out of a parking spot and operating in tight spaces: the system keeps a
record of the last 50 meters of the drive to the parking space and, if required, will assist
drivers having to exit by the same route in reverse gear by taking over the steering (with
the driver braking and accelerating). Ideal for narrow driveways, for instance, where
turning is not possible. The system even saves the steering movements from the drive
to the parking space for a longer period of time, e.g. several days.
– Driving Assistant Professional (with new functions): The Steering and Lane Control Assistant now with support for narrow road
Traffic Jam Assist considerably relieves the driver in motorway stop-and-go traffic:
drivers can now permanently take their hands off the steering wheel at speeds of up to
60 km/h. However, they still need to monitor traffic attentively (no other activities are
permitted). Another step on the way to the highly autonomous driving of the future, this
feature is available in some markets, with the system providing support within its limits.
– The Priority Warning system is part of the intersection Assistant and emits visual and
acoustic warnings when it anticipates the driver disregarding priority rules, including red
lights (from 3/19). When activated, the Emergency Stop Assistant brings the vehicle to a standstill –
even across multiple lanes (in conjunction with the Lane Change Assistant) – should the
driver suffer a health emergency. At the same time, it activates the hazard warning.

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