11 November 2016

World’s most successful Sports Activity Vehicle sets new benchmarks for driving pleasure, luxury and innovation.
Text/Photos: The BMW Group
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Singapore. BMW Asia and Performance Motors announced the availability of the new BMW X5 xDrive25d. An all-round Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) equipped to meet the most exacting and varied demands, the new model is powered by a 231hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine.

As BMW’s first SAV, the BMW X5 literally started the premium SAV segment and has since become a global best-seller of its class with more than 1.3 million units sold worldwide since the launch of the first generation X5. The new BMW X5 xDrive25d impresses with its outstanding practicality, headlined by its 40: 20: 40 split/folding rear seat backrest, load capacity rising from 650 to a maximum 1,870 litres and a total of seven seats.

Ride comfort in the new BMW X5 xDrive25d is further enhanced with the introduction of a range of advanced suspension systems. Adaptive M suspension is available with the optional M Sport package, which includes Sport-tuned suspension settings with a specifically-tuned Dynamic Damper Control system, as well as an automatic self-levelling air suspension at the rear.

Exterior design: an elegant blend of robust presence and dynamic flair.

The new BMW X5 xDrive25d combines undeniable presence with driving efficiency resulting in a modern and eye-catching update. Drag-reducing Air Curtains are featured on the new BMW X5 xDrive25d. These vertical apertures guide the inflow of air around the wheel arches, where it creates a curtain of air over the wheels before making a controlled escape through the Air Breathers in the side panels.

The clear subdivision between the muscular body and a passenger compartment, whose large windows lend it a light and spacious feel, is clearly visible from the rear as well as from the side.

Horizontal lines on the two-section tailgate and around the rear apron emphasise the width and robust stance of the new BMW X5 xDrive25d. The thin, three-dimensional LED light strips of the two-section, L-shaped rear lights create a striking night-time look. The new BMW X5 xDrive25d also features Aero Blades. These black air-channelling elements are contiguous with the roof spoiler and help it to optimise the car’s aerodynamic properties. The exterior paintwork of the new BMW X5 xDrive25d can be ordered in a choice of 11 colours, among them the new metallic finish Sparkling Brown.

Interior design: high-quality materials, luxurious ambience, cutting-edge functionality.

The interior of the new BMW X5 xDrive25d is both elegant and generously sized. The horizontal structure of the layered surfaces underlines the broad sweep of the instrument panel and therefore also the impressive amount of space available on board. Plus, the three-dimensional design of the surfaces also generates vibrant contrasts.

The ambient lighting designs included in the lighting package lend extra emphasis to the visual unity between the instrument panel and door panels. LED units arranged in a wrap-around contour line and featuring in other areas of the interior create an alluring effect. Blue, white and orange lighting can be selected either individually or in nine pre-stored combinations via the iDrive system. The interior materials selected for the new BMW X5 xDrive25d also play a role in shaping the exclusive onboard ambience. The trim strip and accent strip extend into the front door panels and are picked up again in the rear door panels.

The freestanding, up to 10.25-inch Control Display linked to the standard-fitted iDrive operating system adds further appeal. The displays for the climate control and ventilation systems – and, as standard, the instrument cluster – feature black panel technology. The seat surfaces come standard in Dakota leather and customers can choose from nine upholstery colours.

Variable-usage interior, up to seven seats and even greater versatility.

With its luxurious ambience and enhanced ride comfort, spaciousness and seating comfort, the new BMW X5 xDrive25d offers noticeable advances over its predecessor. Added to which, the array of possible uses for its generously sized interior has grown once again. The newly designed Comfort seats, which come standard, for the driver and front passenger, ensure a high level of long-distance comfort and impressive lateral hold through dynamically taken corners.

The two additional seats are easy to access thanks to an Easy Entry function and a grip plate by the C-pillar. They can be lowered separately into the load compartment floor, are designed primarily for passengers measuring a maximum 1.50 metres in height and come with inertia-reel seat belts.

The folding backrest of the second-row seat bench can now be split 40 : 20 : 40, which allows load capacity to be increased in stages from 650 to as much as 1,870 litres – up to120 litres more than its predecessor. The new BMW X5 xDrive25d also comes with a split two-section tailgate, the lower element of which can be folded down horizontally to form a single level with the load surface. Automatic tailgate operation for the upper section is a standard feature. The tailgate can also be closed as well as opened using the remote control and, at the touch of a button, from the driver’s seat.

BMW EfficientDynamics as standard: eight-speed Sport automatic transmission and ECO PRO mode with new functions.

The engine in the new BMW X5 xDrive25d come standard with an extremely fast-shifting eight-speed Sport automatic version comes with steering-wheel shift paddles. The new “Launch Control” function is a high-precision traction control system which allows engine power to be translated as efficiently as possible into road speed when accelerating from standstill, is also available.

In ECO PRO mode, the engine management, accelerator response and transmission characteristics are systematically tailored to support a particularly fuel-efficient, low-rpm driving style. At the same time, ECO PRO mode also programs electrically powered functions like the climate control, and heated exterior mirrors for extra-efficient energy management. In ECO PRO mode, a coasting function periodically decouples the engine from the rest of the powertrain whenever the driver eases off the accelerator at speeds between 50 and 160 km/h and does not apply the brakes at the same time. This allows the new BMW X5 xDrive25d to coast without engine braking, for maximised fuel efficiency.

Along with the additional ECO PRO mode functions, the new BMW X5 xDrive25d also comes with many other BMW EfficientDynamics features. These include Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start Stop function, on-demand operation of ancillary units, Electric Power Steering, low roll-resistance tyres and a variety of weight- and drag-reducing features. Along with other measures, use of ultra-high-tensile steels in the body structure, thermoplastics in the side panels, aluminium in the bonnet and magnesium in the instrument panel support make the new BMW X5 xDrive25d the lightest vehicle in its class.

BMW xDrive in the new BMW X5 xDrive25d: intelligent all-wheel drive, with optional Dynamic Performance Control.

The new BMW X5 xDrive25d is also equipped with xDrive full-time intelligent all-wheel drive, which actively manages the drive power split between the front and rear wheels at all times. The latest version of the xDrive power divider boasts optimised efficiency and a 1.4 kg reduction in weight. xDrive’s control logic uses information about road speed, wheel speeds, steering angle and accelerator position to accurately interpret both the driver’s intentions and what the car is actually doing, and then adjusts the drive power split so as to apply as much power as possible to the road. In this way, xDrive provides top-class traction and stability whatever the road and weather conditions, and also offers improved cornering dynamics, suppressing oversteer or understeer before the driver is even aware of the need.

If xDrive is combined with Dynamic Performance Control, the drive power split can be even more finely controlled. Dynamic Performance Control, likewise electronically controlled, is integrated in the rear differential. In combination with xDrive it takes handling dynamics and directional stability to new levels. Dynamic Performance Control seamlessly varies the drive power split between the rear wheels (torque vectoring), with significant benefits in terms of steering response and track-holding at all speeds. The stabilising action of Dynamic Performance Control is not affected if the driver lifts off the accelerator while cornering.

The new BMW X5 xDrive25d also comes with a new xDrive status display in the control display boasting 3D graphics. This standard-fitted feature shows real-time information about body roll and pitch. A compass display is also shown in the instrument cluster.

Extensive standard specification and high-end equipment for more driving enjoyment.

The exclusive driving experience in the new BMW X5 xDrive25d is reflected not only in the luxurious interior but also in the extensive standard specification and wide range of high-end optional extras. The standard equipment list now also includes a Bluetooth hands-free system, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and cruise control with braking function. The standard-fitted iDrive operating system– in conjunction with the standard Navigation system Professional – comes with an iDrive Touch Controller, whose touch-sensitive surface allows the use of characters to programme a destination into the navigation system, for example. A TV module and a newly developed rear-seat entertainment system with DVD drive and two tablet-style monitors are also available as an option. Further customisation can be provided with the aluminium footplates in the side skirts.

The new BMW X5 xDrive25d is available for viewing at Performance Motors’ showroom from 10 November 2016.

The new BMW X5 xDrive25d M Sport price list

BMW X5 xDrive25d M Sport

Retail price (at press time)


Warranty: 3 years unlimited or 100,000 km, whichever comes earlier

Prices and equipment are accurate at press time. These are subject to change without prior notice.

Package price includes 1st year road tax, number plates, in-vehicle unit (IU), registration fees, GST and Certificate of Entitlement (COE).

Inclusive of CEVS rebate.

The new BMW X5 xDrive25d specifications.

BMW X5 xDrive25d

BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with two turbochargers, high and low pressure charger with variable geometry, Common Rail direct injection with magnetic valve injectors (max. injection pressure: 2500 bar).

Capacity: 1,995 cc

Max output: 231 hp at 4,400 rpm

Max torque: 500 Nm from 1,500–3,000 rpm

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds

Top speed: 220 km/h

Average fuel consumption to the EU standard: 5.6 litres/100km

Combined CO2 emissions to the EU standard: 146 g/km

BMW X5: General Specifications

Length/width/height (unladen): 4886 mm / 1938 mm / 1762 mm

Luggage comp capacity: 650 (575 with third row seats specified) – 1870 litres

Type of gearbox: Eight-speed Sport automatic transmission

BMW X5: Off-Road Specifications

Overhang angle, front/rear: 25.0 / 20.0 degrees

Ramp angle (degree): 20.0 degrees

Ground clearance unladen: 209mm

Fording depth (at 7 km/h): 500mm