BMW has just unveiled the fourth-generation “Sports Activity Vehicle” – the 2019 X5.
While it retains the same DNA as the old X5, the exterior of the car has been updated with a larger, one-piece kidney grille and cleaner, sculpted surfaces, resulting in a much more distinctive look. It’s also quite a bit bigger than the previous model, with the length increasing by 1.1 inches (194.3 inches), the width by 2.6 inches (78.9 inches), and the height by 1 inch (69 inches). That may not sound significant, but combined with the sharper lines it gives the car a lot more presence that it previously had.
BMW has also placed a bigger focus on its off-road capabilities, giving the option to upgrade to an “off road package” which includes air suspension, front and rear underguards, new screens in the instrument cluster, and an off-road driving mode that changes the ride height and stability controls.
Additional options include BMW Laserlight with Adaptive LED Headlights, 22-inch alloy wheels and a new traffic jam assistant that BMW says will allow extended hands-off time. You can also upgrade the engine from the standard 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque to the 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 with 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque.
Features as standard include blind spot detection, lane departure warning, front and rear collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear cross traffic alert and speed limit information.
Pricing information will be available closer to launch, which is set for November 2018.