- The third-generation 2014 BMW X5 arrives at U.S. dealers in the fourth quarter.
- The 2014 BMW X5 will be available in turbocharged six-cylinder and V8 variants.
- An updated diesel version of the new X5 is due in early 2014.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The third-generation 2014 BMW X5 arrives at U.S. dealers in the fourth quarter in turbocharged six-cylinder and V8 variants, with an updated diesel model due several months later. All models will come with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
Models include the rear-wheel-drive X5 sDrive35i and all-wheel-drive X5 xDrive35i, both powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6, and the all-wheel-drive X5 xDrive50i, powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8. The xDrive35d that's due in early 2014 gets a 3.0-liter turbodiesel six.
Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date this fall. The current 2013 X5 is priced from $48,425-$65,125. The BMW X5 targets the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport, among others.
The 3.0-liter gasoline six-cylinder engine in the X5 sDrive35i and X5 xDrive35i delivers 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The 0-60 acceleration time has been shaved by 0.2 second, to 6.2 seconds, with improvements also expected in fuel economy.
The 4.4-liter V8 engine in the X5 xDrive50i makes 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, with 0-60 acceleration trimmed to 4.9 seconds, a 0.4-second improvement.
The 3.0-liter TDI in the X5 xDrive35d develops 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. BMW says 0-60 acceleration will take less than 6.9 seconds, and fuel economy is expected to rise.
BMW will offer a variety of suspension options on the 2014 X5: optional dynamic damper control plus automatic rear self-leveling; adaptive M suspension (available as part of the M Sport package), which includes dynamic damper control and rear air suspension with more sports-oriented suspension tuning; and the Dynamic Handling package, which combines dynamic damper control, automatic rear self-leveling suspension, dynamic performance control and active roll stabilization.
All X5 models feature electric power steering, with active steering optional. Dynamic stability control bundles antilock brakes, dynamic traction control, cornering brake control, dynamic brake control and automatic differential brake.
Among the optional trim packages are Luxury Line, xLine and M Sport. Two interior design packages, Ivory White and Mocha Brown, also are available.
M Sport is designed for the enthusiast driver, with an aero body kit, Shadowline trim, high-gloss roof rails and 19-inch M double-spoke alloy wheels, as well as an eight-speed sport automatic transmission with shift paddles, M Sport steering wheel, anthracite headliner, M foot rest and door sills, aluminum trim and sport seats. Upgrades include 20-inch wheels, multicontour seats and M adaptive suspension.
The lengthy list of advanced tech and safety features includes Active Driving Assistant with lane departure, pedestrian and collision warning systems; adaptive cruise control; night vision; full-color head-up display; active LED headlamps; rearview camera with Surround View and Panorama View; active blind spot detection and Parking Assistant.
BMW ConnectedDrive provides a variety of hands-free functions, including e-mail, appointments, contact lists, calendar entries and notes, while BMW Apps enables full integration of iPhone, Web and infotainment.
Audio system options include a Harman Kardon surround-sound system and a 1,200-watt/16-speaker Bang & Olufsen high-end surround-sound system.
Among the stand-alone options are a sport leather steering wheel, heated steering wheel, four-zone automatic climate control, doors with automatic soft close function and aluminum running boards.
All X5s will continue to be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Edmunds says: A high-end sport-ute with all the bells and whistles we've come to expect from the Bavarians.