BMW's all-new X5
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Expect the new X5 in Australia during Q2 2007.
9th August, 2006
- Second generation of BMW's Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) which has accounted for global sales of approximately 580,000 units so far.
- Significant improvement of driving dynamics and agility: engines with even more power and greater efficiency, torsionally rigid bodyshell, optimised aerodynamics, unique double wishbone front axle and integral IV rear axle, low centre of gravity, BMW all-wheel xDrive enhanced to a higher standard.
- First vehicle in its segment with Active Steering for even greater agility and driving pleasure, AdaptiveDrive with anti-roll stabilisation and adaptive dampers for sports performance and behaviour, only vehicle in the segment with BMW Safety Tyres featured as standard for the best possible safety.
- Six-speed automatic transmission with even faster gearshift featured as standard, enhanced shift comfort, greater fuel economy, and electronic gear selector.
- Interior with enhancement of functions, more room for the occupants, optional third row seats, generous luggage capacity (max. volume: 620–1,750 litres).
- iDrive control system enhanced to an even higher level, with 8 favourite buttons for direct selection of navigation destinations, telephone numbers and audio sources at the touch of a button, only vehicle in the SAV segment with optional Head-Up Display.
- Exterior design with harmonious proportions, elegant and slender lines, sporting and powerful overall look.
- Exclusive interior ambience with sophisticated materials, excellent finish quality, innovative optional extras: Multi-channel audio system, DVD video system, backup camera.
BMW X5 4.8i:
V8 petrol engine, 4,799 cc,
BMW X5 3.0si:
Six-cylinder petrol engine, 2,996 cc,
BMW X5 3.0d:
Six-cylinder diesel, 2,993 cc,
* Australian engine specification (as well as standard specifications) to be announced closer to arrival.
The original BMW X5 introduced a new type of all-wheel drive, the Sports Activity Vehicle.
And now the new BMW X5 sets another benchmark for driving excellence with powerful eight- and six-cylinder engines, unique suspension, further enhanced BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, a weight-optimised bodyshell with extreme torsional stiffness. The result is a vehicle possessing excellent agility and dynamic performance.
The new BMW X5 is the only vehicle in its segment available with both Active Steering developed by BMW, and AdaptiveDrive (a combination of anti-roll stabilisation and adaptive dampers). And it is the first SAV worldwide fitted with BMW Safety Tyres as a standard feature.
The powerful elegance of the exterior design, just like the flexible and exclusive interior, clearly underlines the superior character of the new BMW X5.
The new X5 arrives with a more powerful V8 4.8-litre petrol engine developing maximum output of 261kW, a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine with maximum output of 200 kW, and a 3.0-litre straight-six all aluminium diesel with peak power of 170 kW.
Drivers are assured of the most dynamic driving experience, while the enlarged interior delivers comfort for as many as seven occupants.
The goal of the new BMW X5 is to deliver a larger, more powerful, more luxurious, yet robust premium SAV with outstanding driving dynamics, and improved ground clearance.
Commanding driving position, flexible interior
The new BMW X5 is almost 190 mm longer than its predecessor, yet the proportions and overall sporty look of the X5 have been retained.
The full impact of the increased size is only apparent when examining the interior.
Enhanced ground clearance and the high, commanding seating position are joined by the option of a third row of seats for the first time. Premium quality trim and upholstery match those of the most luxurious high performance BMW Sedans.
Innovative and exclusive: suspension technology
The new BMW X5 boasts a double wishbone front axle unique in its class. This optimises tyre contact on the road and, accordingly, the transmission of lateral forces, thus allowing particularly fast and dynamic lateral acceleration. A further feature is directional stability likewise enhanced to an even higher level.
The integral IV rear axle patented by BMW, serves to separate the drive and damper functions, the wheel mounts and axle subframe. No fewer than four control arms take drive and dynamic forces fed into the suspension. Soft front swing mounts on the rear axle subframe, optimise the longitudinal suspension of the wheel guidance elements and enhance roll comfort accordingly.
The new rack-and-pinion steering with a variable transmission ratio geared to the steering angle meets the requirements of different driving situations at all times.
Thanks to consistent power assistance, the steering keeps the driver safely in control of their vehicle even at high speeds, remaining smoothly in position around its centrepoint. In bends, the driver will feel more direct steering response, steering transmission geared to the steering angle helping to provide a dynamic style of motoring.
Unique in the segment: Active Steering and AdaptiveDrive
The new BMW X5 is the first vehicle in its class available as an option with Active Steering. This advanced system developed by BMW offers exactly the right steering ratio at all speeds: Up to a speed of approximately 90 km/h steering behaviour is more direct, thus meeting the requirements of sporting and active motoring.
A further advantage is it takes just two turns to go from lock-to-lock. At higher speeds, Active Steering transmission is more indirect, enhancing the directional stability of the vehicle and, accordingly, its driving comfort.
Active Steering is combined in the new BMW X5 with Servotronic, thus serving actively to stabilise the vehicle when oversteering in a bend or in particularly demanding brake manoeuvres. When applying the brakes on surfaces with a varying frictional coefficient (split-friction braking), for example, Active Steering generates a precise but discreet counter-steering effect to prevent the vehicle from swerving out of control.
World debut: data transfer via FlexRay
Carefully coordinated interaction of the anti-roll bars and dampers by way of optional AdaptiveDrive is equally unique in the SAV segment. Indeed, the combination of active anti-roll stabilisation and variable damper adjustment gives the new BMW X5 a standard of driving behaviour never seen before in a vehicle of this kind.
Using sensors, AdaptiveDrive permanently monitors and calculates data on the road speed of the vehicle, its steering angle, straight-ahead and lateral acceleration, body and wheel acceleration, as well as height levels. Using this information, the system controls both the swivel motors on the anti-roll bars and the electromagnetic damper valves, thus controlling body roll and damping exactly as required at all times.
Simply by pressing a button, the driver can choose either a sporting or a more comfortable basic setting of AdaptiveDrive.
The FlexRay high-speed data transmission system is used for the first time for fast and reliable coordination of all AdaptiveDrive functions. Enhanced to production standard by a consortium of development companies under leadership by BMW, this system offers a level of data transfer capacity never seen before. The new BMW X5 is the first vehicle in the world to feature FlexRay technology.
Even smarter: intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology
Under normal driving conditions, BMW xDrive splits drive forces front-to-rear 40:60. Reacting extremely quickly and precisely xDrive ensures variable power distribution front-to-rear as soon as a specific driving situation or surface conditions require.
To perform this function, BMW xDrive features a power divider with an electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch, feeding the power of the engine to where it can be used most effectively. Hence, BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system promotes driving dynamics that counteract any over- or understeer in bends.
BMW xDrive supports yet another feature typical of the BMW X5 by ensuring maximum traction on difficult surfaces. Here again, variable control instantaneously shifting drive power to the axle with better grip ensures highly efficient power transmission.
These many qualities of BMW’s electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system give not only the BMW X5 and X3, but rather all BMWs equipped with xDrive truly outstanding driving qualities superior at all times.
Integrated Chassis Management for optimum control quality
To distribute drive power quickly and with maximum precision, xDrive all-wheel drive, DSC Dynamic Stability Control, engine management and Active Steering are all networked via Integrated Chassis Management, ensuring an optimum balance of drive power distribution, individual application of the brakes on each wheel and engine management.
This harmonised suspension and chassis management sets the foundation for driving dynamics and active safety.
DSC with new functions, faster and even more precise hydraulic control
Boasting an even higher standard of performance for optimum comfort, convenience and function, DSC Dynamic Stability Control on the new BMW X5 makes a particularly important contribution to safe and active motoring. The basic functions of the overall DSC system include ABS anti-lock brakes, ASC Automatic Stability Control, DSC Dynamic Stability Control, TSC Trailer Stability Control, HDC Hill Descent Control, DBD Dynamic Brake Control maximising brake pressure whenever required for particularly powerful deceleration, as well as CBC Cornering Brake Control preventing the vehicle from “turning into” a bend when applying the brakes lightly.
ADB Automatic Differential Brake is another highly sophisticated electronic system, which acts as a lateral wheel lock, automatically applying the brakes on a wheel about to spin.
BMW’s new DSC system serves additionally to optimise the brake system through various additional functions. First, it automatically sets off any decrease in brake power at extremely high temperatures by increasing brake forces accordingly (anti-fading support).
Moderate build-up of brake forces, in turn, enhances brake standby in situations which may require spontaneous deceleration. Regular dry braking, as yet another example, optimises the performance of the brakes in the wet, while the start-off assistant facilitates the process of setting off on an uphill gradient.
The new BMW X5 also offers a parking brake with both an electro-mechanical and hydraulic function activated or released at the touch of a button.
DTC for greater spin and more dynamic performance
Reflecting its standard of driving dynamics, the new BMW X5 also comes with DTC Dynamic Traction Control. All the driver has to do to activate the DTC mode is press a button on the centre console. This raises the thresholds for intervention in the engine and brakes, allowing the BMW X5 to set off smoothly on loose snow or sand with the drive wheels intentionally spinning lightly. And last but certainly not least, DTC promotes an even more sporting and active style of motoring.
The high-performance brake system in the new BMW X5, supported by the wide range of new DSC functions, ensures stopping power in every situation, inner-vented discs on all four wheels taking up brake energy with maximum efficiency.
Brake disc diameter on the BMW X5 3.0si is 332 millimetres at the front and 320 millimetres at the rear. On the X5 4.8i, the front rotos measure 365 mm and 345 mm at the rear.
First SAV featuring safety tyres as standard
The new BMW X5 is the first car in its class fitted as standard with BMW Safety Tyres.
These safety tyres are fitted to extended hump rims which ensures the tyre does not ride off the rim while deflated. The new BMW X5 is fitted with the fourth generation of BMW Safety Tyres.
BMW Safety Tyres allow motorists to continue driving even after a complete loss of tyre pressure. In such a case BMW Safety Tyres allow the BMW X5 to continue in safety for up to 250 km (subject to load) at speeds of up to 80 km/h. In addition, standard Australian-specified vehicles will be fitted with an emergency spare wheel.
The new BMW X5 now comes as standard with 18-inch light-alloy wheels running on 255/55 tyres. Larger light-alloy wheel measuring 19 and even 20 inches running on tyre sizes of up to 275/40 at the front and 315/35 at the rear are available as an option. These tyres are also Safety Tyres.
A further safety feature is the Tyre Defect Indicator warning the driver of a gradual loss of air pressure. Consistently comparing wheel speed, this system registers any deviation from normal pressure. A graphic symbol in the instrument cluster display informs the driver whenever tyre pressure deviates from the pressure required by more than 30 per cent.
Presence and elegance
The new BMW X5 is attractive and elegant. The proportions of the former model have been carefully developed and enhanced to an even higher standard, the overall look of the vehicle conveying a powerful touch of agility despite growing by 187 mm in length and 61 mm in width.
Short body overhangs front and rear, larger wheels, and the short distance between the front axle and instrument panel focus attention on the front end of the new X5. The result is a perfect optical balance of the front and rear.
With its longer wheelbase, the new BMW X5 achieves a significantly higher standard of stability and presence. The stretched side section borders at the rear on the powerful D-pillar, the lines of all pillars coming together to form an appropriately shortened roofline, again supporting the overall impression of elegance and slender athleticism.
A classical BMW design feature from the side is the contour line at the same level as the door openers and rising slightly to the rear. This is where the vehicle’s convex and concave surfaces come together, the contour line starting behind the front wheel arches and encircling the entire rear section, uninterrupted by the taillights.
Powerful-looking front end, dynamic rear section
The powerfully domed bonnet, the three-dimensional rods on the BMW kidney grille and the headlight units integrated in the side panels all act together to give the front end of the new BMW X5 a particularly powerful expression.
The forward-focussed lines of the car are furthermore accentuated by the seams between the bonnet tapering out to the front and the muscular side panels continuing into the contoured surface of the headlight units.
The effect is that the quad headlights appear to be slightly cut off at the top, giving the entire front end a clear and dynamic focus.
The rear also displays powerful elegance. The high upper edge of the rear bumper accentuates the sheer width of the vehicle and, as a result, its strong and stable stance on the road.
This impression is then further enhanced by the horizontal structure of the rear light clusters, in BMW’s typical L-design, wrapped far around into the rear lid. Four LED light rods give the new BMW X5 a powerful and striking night design also from behind.
The combination of convex and concave surfaces combines the powerful flair so typical of BMW’s SAV models with the elegant presence of a genuine premium vehicle. This entire configuration creates a dynamic flow of light and shade symbolising lightness and giving the surfaces a clear structure.
The muscular wheel arches, in turn, are a clear symbol of stability. And last but not least, the clear accentuation of the horizontal wheel line expressed by the wide track again helps to give the new BMW X5 a truly individual look.
Aerodynamic, safe and spacious: the body
The new BMW X5 is the first production vehicle in the world to feature a roof spoiler with aerodynamic edges integrated at the side for a precisely defined cut-off of air flow. Apart from the roof spoiler, the rear lights also come with cut-off edges improving the flow of air.
Measuring 4,854 mm long and 1,933 mm wide, the new BMW X5 is significantly larger than its predecessor.
Maximum flexibility: two additional seats in the third row
For the first time, BMW offers a third row of seats in the X5. The factory fitted seats provide adequate space for two passengers up to 1.70 m tall.
These two seats come complete with three-point inertia-reel seat belts and headrestraints adjustable for height. To ensure convenient access to this third row of seats, the second row may be moved to the front with their backrests remaining upright, while grab recesses in the inner lining on the C-pillars also serve to ensure easy access.
The rake of the backrest on the second row of seats is adjustable to four different positions and variable in length, helping to accommodate large and bulky items of luggage.
Enhanced comfort on the third row seats is ensured by separate heating and ventilation outlets. To fully use the available luggage space, the seats can be individually folded flat into the floor, completely out of sight.
Mid-row passengers gain an additional 40 mm of knee room compared with the first generation X5.
Regardless of the number of seats in use, there is plenty of luggage space. As before the tailgate is split horizontally, while the loading area is 100 mm longer than before.
An additional storage compartment beneath the floor of the luggage compartment in five-seat models which normally offers an extra 90 litres of storage space, will house an emergency spare. Overall storage capacity under the VDA standard is up significantly by 110 litres or 22 per cent to 620 litres for the five-seater version of the new BMW X5.
And should the driver choose to completely fold down the asymmetrically split second row of seats, luggage capacity increases to a truly impressive 1,750 litres (+ 200 litres or 13 per cent over the previous model).
Even with the third row of seats upright, luggage capacity is still an ample 200 litres.
Intelligent lightweight construction: greater solidity, weight almost unchanged
Despite the larger dimensions of the new X5 over the former model, BMW’s engineers and designers have succeeded in keeping the weight of the new BMW X5 almost unchanged, making the body even stiffer in the process.
To provide additional space and extra solidity without a significant increase in weight, the engineers have concentrated consistently on intelligent lightweight technology.
Both the choice of materials and the arrangement and geometry of the support bars, arms and reinforcement members are based on an overall concept designed for maximum safety in a crash combined with superior agility. Torsional stiffness versus the former model is up approximately 15 per cent from 23,500 to 27,000 Nm/degree.
The result of this particular design and configuration is borne out clearly by the significantly enhanced lightweight quality. This criterion describes torsional stiffness relative to the ground area (wheel contact points) as well as the weight of the vehicle and clearly expresses the particular quality of the new BMW X5 as a vehicle which, taking its body dimensions into account, offers the highest standard of solidity and agility currently possible.
Even the optionally available extra-large panorama glass roof does not have any noticeable effects on the stiffness of the overall bodyshell.
Torsional stiffness and crash safety of the highest standard
Stiffness at the front is optimised without an increase in weight by low-lying support arms around the wheel arches curving in towards the middle of the vehicle and providing a firm connection to the engine supports. Around the C-pillars a fully-closed torsion ring also serves to enhance body stiffness.
Body stiffness is further increased by wedges on the rear lid at medium height on the two D-pillars when closed. Contact between the wedge elements and the surrounds is ensured by way of the soft close function of the rear lid, and the improvement of stiffness at the rear is quite substantial. Indeed, to achieve the same effect any other way, the engineers and body designers would have required additional metal sheet components weighing approximately 6 kg.
High- and ultra-high-strength steel is used above all at the rear end of the new BMW X5 in order to achieve optimum stiffness and load resistance in a rear-end collision despite minimum use of material. At the front, in turn, use of a cast aluminium spring support serves to reduce weight while optimising stiffness at the same time.
The design and configuration of the front side panels and their modular supports made of plastic also serves to achieve several development targets all in one: Apart from lower weight and greater freedom in design, one of these targets is also all-round protection of pedestrians.
The foundation for passive safety: the stable passenger cell
To optimise passive safety to the highest standard, the design and construction engineers focused from the start in developing the body-in-white of the new BMW X5 on maximum stability of the passenger cell. Forces acting on the vehicle in the event of an accident are passed on via the engine supports and chassis along various load paths, preventing extreme loads on any individual bearing structures.
Given its body structure and wide range of safety features, the new BMW X5 naturally offers all the prerequisites for fulfilling all crash tests relevant the world over. In developing the overall concept of passive and active safety, the engineers have also carefully considered the latest results in BMW accident research, giving the new X5 not only frontal and hip/thorax airbags, but also curtain/head airbags at the side as standard features. These airbags inflate out of the A-pillar covers and roof lining to protect the occupants in the first two rows reliably from injury.
The new BMW X5 is equipped with three-point inertia-reel belts on all seats. These restraint systems come with belt force limiters and additionally with a belt latch tensioner on the front seats. And ISOFIX child seat fastenings are featured as standard on the second row of seats.
In the event of an impending rollover, rollover sensors in the new BMW X5 activate the curtain airbags and belt latch tensioners. Networked with DSC Dynamic Stability Control, these sensors guarantee early and appropriate operation of the system. And to prevent collisions from the rear, the new X5, like other BMW models, is equipped with a two-stage adaptive brake display.
Whenever the driver applies the brakes particularly hard, this enlarges the size of the brake lights, indicating a clear signal for motorists following from behind to brake hard as well.
The interior: functional and refined
The driver’s seat at the wheel of the new BMW X5 is conceived and designed for superior motoring in a powerful, dynamic and versatile vehicle. The higher, commanding seating position and the arrangement of the instrument panel inclined slightly towards the driver convey the impression of unrestricted control of the vehicle. All functions and displays are absolutely clear and easy-to-read also by the front passenger in the comfort zone in the middle of the dashboard. The Control Display for the BMW iDrive operating system housed on the instrument panel at the same level as the circular instruments is directly in the line of vision of both the driver and front passenger.
Slender design and the harmonious transitions extending into the door linings give the instrument panel powerful and elegant flair all in one. Interacting with the load-bearing element of the centre console extending down to the bottom, the instrument panel would appear to be hovering freely in space.
Apart from this sophisticated design, high-quality materials, tasteful colour combinations, comfortable seats and padded armrests ensure a truly stylish ambience. The generous space available, a wide range of storage boxes and compartments, and perfect finish all reflect the typical character of an outstanding and versatile Sports Activity Vehicle.
The interior of the new BMW X5 combines the exclusive style of a luxury performance saloon with the variability and function of a modern SAV. Five trim variants, six trim colours and trim strips in five different versions, combined with nine exterior paintwork colours, offer a wide range of options in personalising the new BMW X5 to the customer’s taste. Galvanised trim strips in Pearl Gloss chrome, finally, highlight the value and elegance of the new X5 in combination with the trim panels.
BMW iDrive with eight favourite buttons
To control the navigation, air conditioning, entertainment and communication functions, the new BMW X5 also features BMW’s innovative iDrive control and operation concept. Comfort and communication settings are adjusted by turning, pushing and pressing the iDrive control on the centre console, with the functions selected and adjustment options being presented on the Control Display.
The new anti-dazzle monitor automatically adjusting in brightness to ambient light conditions is positioned in perfect ergonomic arrangement in the instrument panel, enabling the driver to read the information displayed at any time without turning his head and only briefly taking his eyes off the road.
In addition, the driver has eight buttons available for selecting favourite functions to further facilitate control operations. Pressing a button once, as an example, the driver is able to retrieve frequently dialled telephone numbers, select a frequent navigation destination, or tune to a radio station of their choice.
As an option, information relevant to the driver may also be presented on the Head-Up Display which is unique in the SAV segment, which involves data being projected on the windscreen. The driver therefore has road speed, navigation instructions, speed control data and warnings provided by BMW Check/Control systems in their line of vision at all times when selected.
Optimum visibility: Bi-Xenon headlights, curve and bending lights
In conjunction with Bi-Xenon headlights available as an option, the new BMW X5 offers an attractive and highly practical daytime headlight function by means of the light rings in the dual circular headlights. In this case the wings on the two inner headlights emit particularly intense and bright light approximately 100 times brighter than regular parking lights and thus improving visibility of the car accordingly also at a greater distance.
This also makes the car clearly recognisable at first sight as a BMW, due to the typical corona light effect. And compared with standard low-beam headlights, energy consumption is reduced by more than 50 per cent.
High Beam Assist is also available as an option on the new BMW X5 ensuring extra comfort when driving at night. This system switches the lights automatically back to the low beam as soon as another vehicle comes the other way or if the distance to a vehicle ahead drops below a certain limit.
A further feature in this case is that the fog lamps take on the additional function of turning lights: Each time the driver turns in another direction, the light beam for the fog lamps is guided to the side by a reflector, clearly illuminating the road ahead in the new direction the driver is taking.
Yet another option available on the new BMW X5 is Cruise Control with brake function. It acts on the engine management, the gear selected, and the brakes in order to precisely keep the speed set by the driver in advance. Constantly registering the car’s lateral acceleration, Cruise Control with brake function also recognises the risk of safety and comfort impairment in bends, reducing the speed of the car accordingly. And to keep the vehicle at the right speed when driving downhill, also when towing a trailer, the system will intervene in the brakes if required.
Sophisticated navigation and audio systems further enhance the driver’s and passengers’ travelling comfort in the new BMW X5. A DVD video system for the second row of seats, a CD- or DVD-changer housed in the glove compartment as well as an innovative multi-channel audio system are among the highlights offered in terms of mobile entertainment.
Even the standard version of the audio system comes with six loudspeakers, BMW’s HiFi system Professional specially conceived for playing back multi-channel audio sources, comprising no less than 16 loudspeakers. Thanks to the AUX-IN socket featured as standard, music from external audio sources such as an MP3 player may also be played through the loudspeakers in the car.
Supplementing PDC Park Distance Control, the new BMW X5 is available with a backup camera, a video system facilitating parking manoeuvres especially in confined areas or places with poor visibility.
To activate the backup camera, all the driver has to do is press a button or shift to reverse (in which case the system is activated automatically together with PDC Park Distance Control).
In addition to presenting a wide-angle colour video image on the central Control Display in an optimised perspective, the backup camera offers a number of other functions. These include interactive track lines on the screen helping the user find the ideal approach when manoeuvring or parking. Another new function is to mark obstacles detected by PDC in colour in the true-to-life camera image in the form of a graph with a three-dimensional effect made possible through the use of ultrasound sensors.
The camera image may furthermore be enlarged to cover the full surface of the screen, being automatically panned as a function of speed.
To offer further support when hooking up a trailer, the camera even has a zoom function with a further interactive graphic display allowing the driver to connect the towbar without the slightest problem. And last but not least, the camera lens is automatically heated in cold temperatures to keep it free of snow and ice.
Innovative technology, a premium ambience of the same quality as in a luxury performance saloon, powerful elegance in body design and superb driving dynamics make the new BMW X5 a genuine exception in its segment.
The engineers and development specialists designing the new BMW X5 have succeeded in developing a unique vehicle for the market.
Given all these qualities, the new BMW X5 meets all the demands and requirements of the discerning motorist who, through the choice of his or her vehicle, wishes to express their personal and independent lifestyle and at the same time enjoy a new driving experience in a new dimension.
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