Last fall, BMW launched its third-generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. BMW branded the X5 as a Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) rather than an SUV, to emphasize its on-road ability despite its size.
The first generation of the X5, with the chassis code E53, made its debut in 1999. It was BMW’s first SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), also known as “Four-by-Four” (4×4) in the UK, which featured 4WD all-wheel drive and was available with either manual or automatic transmission.
In 2006 the second generation X5 was launched, known internally as the E70, featuring the torque-split capable xDrive all-wheel drive system mated to an automatic transmission, and in 2009 the X5 M performance variant was released as a 2010 model.
The F40 is the latest model in the X5 family and will continue to be BMW’s largest SAV until (if) an X7 will come to market. For the first time, the new BMW X5 will be offered with a rear-wheel drive configuration beside the “typical” xDrive setup.
In the U.S., the rear-wheel drive 2014 X5 sDrive35i will start at $53,725 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i is priced at $56,025. The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d price is $57,525 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i will start at $69,125.
[Source: BMW X5 Facebook]