2016 BMW X5 xDrive35d undergoes minor technical updates, delivers in December 2015

BMW X5 | November 9th, 2015 by 21
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Last week, the Spartanburg plant decided to put a temporary hold on the BMW X5 xDrive35d production for the American market. American customers who have …

Last week, the Spartanburg plant decided to put a temporary hold on the BMW X5 xDrive35d production for the American market. American customers who have ordered a BMW X5 xDrive35d were advised by U.S. dealers to expect a delay. To get some insight into the delayed production, we’ve reached out to BMW North America for an official statement.

“All MY2016 BMW X5 underwent some minor technical updates that required new emissions testing,” said Rebecca Kiehne – BMW North America Product & Technical Communications Spokesperson. “Due to testing logistics the certification will be finished by the end of the year on the diesel variant,”  Kiehne added.

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The U.S. plant is building the BMW X5 xDrive35d for all the global markets and it has been the only diesel-powered model sold in the United States. The hold only applies to the models sold in the US.

The X5 xDrive35d uses the N57 diesel turbocharged plant – a 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder which produces 255 hp at 4000 rpm. Peak torque is available from 1500-3000 rpm and it’s paired with an eight speed automatic transmission, up from the six speed auto in last generation’s X5 diesel. The new X5 diesel cranks out an improved EPA rating of 24 MPG city, 31 MPG Hwy.

“Consequently, the on sale date and model year change for MY2016 BMW X5 xDrive35d has been set to December 2015,” Kiehne stated.

21 responses to “2016 BMW X5 xDrive35d undergoes minor technical updates, delivers in December 2015”

  1. Matt Stokes says:

    I bet there are some clenched butt-cheeks in Munich right now – probably is entirely innocent, but considering the current market situation, stopping production of a diesel model pending some tweaks for emissions testing could send out the wrong message.

  2. raleedy says:

    Only Diesel model sold inthe US? Come on, now!

  3. Davidi3i3 says:

    Horatiu, does this minor tweaking also explain the MY2016 35i receiving a lower Hwy MPG figure than the MY2015? 27 mpg down to 24 mpg is really weird considering there’s no notable change to engine/transmission. Any comments?

    • Horatiu B. says:

      David,

      BMW wouldn’t say what changes. I can ask again, but not sure I’ll get an answer.

      • Davidi3i3 says:

        Thanks. The 35i mileage change is so curious. I wonder if the MY2016 35d will also have a different rating than 2015. Maybe the testing process is different and yielding different results. Regardless, I’m really glad to hear the 2016 35d will be getting built reasonably soon. I want to order one asap. Do you also know when order taking will occur? Do they wait to take orders until they are actually starting to produce or somewhat in advance? Your help on this, and the story in general, is much appreciate Horatiu!

        • Horatiu B. says:

          All valid questions. Will try to reach to my dealership contacts and see what they know. They might know more about ordering and production times.

        • Looser Trader FotD™ says:

          ?

          The piece states directly: “The new X5 diesel cranks out an improved EPA rating of 24 MPG city, 31 MPG Hwy.” That’s exactly what the window of our ’15 X5 35d says.

          • Davidi3i3 says:

            Looser, the MY2015 35d rating is clear…24/31. My concern is that it will change for MY2016 just like the 35i did from 27 highway to 24 highway in the 2015 vs 2016 window stickers. My point is “why” did the 35i mileage rating go down? Did they actually alter the vehicle and it’s not as efficient for 2016, or were their 2015 numbers inflated for some reason? Then it begs the question, what’s happening with the 2016 X5 diesel. Are these minor updates as the factory puts it, actually going to reduce the mileage, or is the MPG figure now just going to be more accurate for 2016 (assuming it changes at all). See my point?

          • Looser Trader FotD™ says:

            I read the piece as saying the 201*6* 35d is rated 24/31. So, no change, unlike the 35i. No?

          • Davidi3i3 says:

            Looser, the EPA has not released MY2016 35d results. The 24/31 refers to 2015. My concern is that this will also be reduced for 2016, just like for the 35i. It’s a really strange thing to see a supposedly unchanged model lose 3 mpg on the highway with no good reason or explanation.

          • Looser Trader FotD™ says:

            Ah, I see. Sorry for my confusion. I wonder – have real world mileage figures been posted for the ’16 35i, as compared to the ’15? Maybe on Fuelly? Is it possible that real world numbers are the same??

  4. Shaw says:

    I wonder if this time frame applies to Canadian orders as well.
    I had placed my order for my 2016 X5 Diesel a month ago with a letter received from BMW Canada 2 weeks after that they have halted all 2016 diesel orders “due to shortage of supply!” until further notice…(delayed indefinitely)…so basically our options were:
    1- Accept the EXACT same vehicle configuration ordered (diesel) but under 2015 tag; or
    2- go with gas 2016 (35i); or finally
    3- piss off…

    till date, we are still struggling as I have already traded-in my vehicle through dealership and waiting for a proper solution. I do not want a gas, but at the same time the diesel marketing is so skeptical that it might be a gamble to get inside a diesel…you never know which way this will lean towards…
    They kept feeding us with the supply shortage crap and now they say additional tests….
    this is I think where it gets fishy!!! and I still think they are not being honest and open…
    they easily throw away loyal clients without proper support and explanation.

    • Davidi3i3 says:

      Shaw, I’m kind of in the same bind. I have a 2015 35d on the way, but I’m not tied to it. It will probably arrive in December and if the incentives are good in December I might just take it, but there’s a side of me that wonders will the 2016 be better, or will it be worse, or will it keep getting delayed. I’ve considered a 35i and a 40e, but neither is as fun to drive, or sounds as good as the 35d…Dillemna!

      • Shaw says:

        David, like I mentioned, we had the option of choosing a 2015 as well…but seriously…who would go for a 2015 in the month of December!!!…before you bring the car home, it is already a year old…mind you that I’m buying the vehicle (not leasing it), therefore a 2015 was in no way an option for me. I’m not trying to help BMW clear out its “inventory” ;-)
        I do not predict a huge revolution in 2015 vs 2016 changes…I think it is more of tests to make sure they are not caught red handed once the 2016s are out…

  5. andrew says:

    Any update on the 2016 X5d’s i have one on order and do not have a production date yet

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