This top selling, road staple, strong competitor has solidified the consumer desire for luxury SUV’s. When BMW acquired Land Rover in 1994 ideas of a BMW SUV came into play. This particular model shares many components with the Range Rover L322 like the Hill Descent System, Off Road Management system, and stereo computer logistics systems. With design production starting in 1994 this vehicle was not approved for production until 1997.
The clay models designed by Chris Bangle and Chris Chapman took two months to finalize before they were ready for management approval. BMW’s takeover of Land Rover Range Rover was especially beneficial to the production of the X5 as design elements for the new SUV came from the off road company.
BMW saved a ton of money by sharing interior components with the BMW 5 series (E39) and had a major production plant located in South Carolina as this car was created with an American consumer in mind.
This car quickly became a staple on the road, celebrities such as the Olsen twins, David Beckham, Pamela Anderson, Josh Duhamel, and Shakira.
Today’s BMW X5 has come a long way while still demanding respect on and off the road much like the first BMW X5.