The BMW X5 is classified as a midsize luxury SUV, or Sport Utility Vehicle, and is manufactured by BMW. The first generation of this vehicle first appeared on the market in 1999, and it was this carmaker’s first SUV, also known as the Four-by-Four in the UK market. The UK version of this car featured 4-wheel drive and came with either a manual or automatic transmission. The second generation of the X5 was launched in 2006 with the internal E70 codename used. This vehicle featured torque-splitting capable an xDrive all-wheel drive system with an automatic transmission. The X5 M performance version of this vehicle was released as the 2010 model.
The X5 was branded by BMW as a Sport Activity Vehicle or SAV, as opposed to a regular SUV, in an effort to promote its off-road capabilities, despite the fact that it was not as large as other off-road SUVs. Similar to the Lexus RX 300, this vehicle ushered in a new era of crossover SUVs underpinned by unibody car platforms. This SUV was the first to use a unibody chassis, whereas the M-class used a light truck platform up until the second generation. While it is true that the Lexus RX is heavily based on the Toyota Camry, the X5 shares its underpinnings with the BMW 5 Series performance luxury sedan.
All X5 vehicles are manufactured in Geer, South Carolina, at the Spartanburg BMW plant. There are other plants that play a part in this vehicle’s assembly, including those which are located in Kaliningrad, Russia. Eventually, the X5 spawned a number of derivative vehicles from a variety of BMW number-series models. The first of these vehicles was the BMW X3 compact luxury crossover, which came out in 2003, followed by the BMW X6 midsize coupe luxury crossover in 2008.
The first generation of the X5, also known as the BMW E53, was a crossover vehicle with a production run that lasted from 1999 to 2006. The E53 shared a number of its internal components with the Land Rover Range Rover HSE model, including its Hill Descent System as well as Off Road Engine Management system. The in-car entertainment system for this vehicle, including the radio function, navigation system, and television, are identical. Because all of these features are identical to each other, they can be upgraded with the newer BMW technologies, including Bluetooth phone connectivity.
There were a range of petrol inline-6, V8, and diesel engines offered for the X5 when it was first released onto the market. The X5 received a facelift for the 2004 model with a number of new and improved features. The second generation of this SUV, called the BMW E70, is a Sports Activity Vehicle and replaced the BMW X5 in November of 2006. This generation X5 came with a number of technological advancements as well as an optional third row seat, increasing passenger capacity to seven.
The third and most current generation of the X5, called the BMW F15, was also a Sports Activity Vehicle and was first introduced to the public in May of 2013 with a market launch in November of the same year. This new X5 came with the option of three different engines, including a 450 horsepower V8 petrol engine called the xDrive50i as well as two 6-cylinder in-line diesel units, which were capable of producing up to 258 horsepower with two turbos and 381 horsepower with three turbos. The third generation of this vehicle is faster, more powerful, and technological advanced compared to its predecessors. The X5 remains an extremely popular vehicle because of its sleek and innovative design as well as a plethora of modern features.