- The new rear-wheel-drive 2014 BMW X5 sDrive 35i starts at $53,725, reflecting a $5,300 price increase over the base 2013 BMW X5 with all-wheel drive.
- The base 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i all-wheel-drive model starts at $48,425.
- The top-of-the-line 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i starts at $69,125.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The new rear-wheel-drive 2014 BMW X5 sDrive 35i starts at $53,725, including a $925 destination charge, reflecting a $5,300 price increase over the base 2013 BMW X5 with all-wheel drive.
The base 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i all-wheel-drive model starts at $48,425, including a $925 destination charge, according to the BMW configurator.
The top-of-the-line 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i starts at $69,125, including shipping.
The redesigned 2014 BMW X5 goes on sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The 2014 BMW x5 xDrive35d starts at $57,525, including shipping.
New standard equipment for the BMW X5 includes an auto stop-start system, BMW's iDrive4.2 navigation system with touchpad, 10 years of BMW Assist eCall service, 10 years of BMW TeleService, BMW apps, 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat and Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering.
When asked how consumers will react to paying significantly more for a rear-wheel-drive X5 than an all-wheel-drive X5, David Buchko, a BMW spokesman, told Edmunds that the base 2013 X5 had "less standard equipment."
"We're equipping the base (2014) vehicle more in line with the way people were buying the 2013 model," Buchko said in a phone conversation on Tuesday.
He added: "There are markets like Southern California and the southeast, where people are happy not to take an all-wheel-drive vehicle."
Presumably, the rear-wheel-drive X5 will be more fuel-efficient than its all-wheel-drive counterpart. The base X5 sDrive35i is equipped with a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that combines turbocharging, high precision direct fuel injection and Valvetronic variable intake technology. BMW said fuel economy estimates will be available closer to the vehicle's launch date.
The 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i returns 16 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
The BMW X5 is more expensive than two of its main rivals, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic and the 2013 Infiniti FX37 rear-wheel-drive model.
The base 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic starts at $50,675, including a $905 destination charge. The base 2013 Infiniti FX37 RWD starts at $45,195, including an $895 destination charge. Mercedes-Benz USA and Infiniti have not announced 2014 pricing.
Edmunds says: BMW says it's too early to tell how consumers will react to the pricing strategy for the 2014 X5. Should be interesting to watch, especially once the competition announces its 2014 pricing.