Not many remember that back in 1999, the first generation BMW X5 was the first 4×4 of its kind to combine loftier dynamics on-road with imposing off-road characteristics.
With this car, BMW introduced its xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. Since then, BMW X5 has been the best-selling model series and the absolute market leader in the Sports Activity Vehicle segment. BMW has sold 1.3 million X5s worldwide that is almost a third of all BMW models sold globally.
With its evolutionary design features, increased driving comfort and spacious interior, the all new BMW X5 will set new standards once again.
It incorporates all the current styling cues but the nose is a lot bolder and incorporates headlights that stretch up to the grille, similar to the one that we first saw in the F30 3-series.
The X5 will be available with a choice of new suspension packages that will provide further enhanced ride comfort.
Transmission noise has been cut down via the front bulkhead, the body shell is made a lot more strong and light, buttons are too trifling and fiddly but have a nice and tactile feel, and dashboard looks rich with its variety of material and textures.
The steering has been switched from hydraulically assisted type to the electric variety and to deal with small bumps better, the suspension has been reworked.
The intuitive touch pad has been added on top of the iDrive controller that allows you to access your phone book with just a scribble of your finger or you can practice the conventional scroll/push function.
The BMW X5 xDrive50i gets the 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces 442bph and the xDrive30d is powered by the familiar 3.0-litre straight-six diesel that produces 254bph.
Overall the new X5 has the goods to take a fresh attempt at the premium luxury class and it may come out on top, if priced right.