BMW’s first ever X model, the X5 has been thoroughly updated for 2018 with a new generation. Codenamed G05, the all-new X5 is not only bigger and more technically advanced than before but also more efficient. Here’s how it looks like from all sides. As one would expect, the X5 now uses BMW’s CLAR architecture which has resulted in the vehicle growing by 36mm in length, 66mm in width and 19mm in height.
The wheel base, too, has been extended by 42mm. In terms of design, the attention grabbing detail is the kidney grille which is now larger than ever before and lends an aggressive look to the front end.
The LED headlamps are new and come with BMW’s laser light tech with adaptive LED signature in the blue X-motif. The front bumper gets large air vents surrounded by black inserts.
While in profile it looks familiar, the new X5 rides on 21-inch wheels for the first time. The rear diffuser with integrated exhaust tips lend a sporty appeal to the vehicle.
The cabin is typical BMW with floating infotainment screen, horizontally laid out centre console. What’s new for the full size SUV is the fully-digital instrument cluster.
Called the BMW Live Cockpit Professional display, the digital cluster makes its debut in the X5 and it comes as standard fitment. The iDrive is also updated and now supports customisable display.
For propulsion, buyers will have four powertrain options to choose from – the top-spec xDrive50i with a 460bhp V8, a 340bhp three-litre straight-six petrol and two diesel engines.
The two diesel engine options will include a 400bhp unit in the M50d and a 265bhp unit in the xDrive30d. The eight-speed Steptronic transmission will come as standard across the range.
The new BMW X5 will go on sale in Europe by the end of this year. It will of course come to the Indian market next year and compete against the likes of Mercedes GLS and the Audi Q7.