Earlier this week, BMW unveiled the third-generation of their highest-selling SUV, the X5.

The F15 X5 is built at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina where production begins August 2013. The xDrive35d model enters production in December 2013 with deliveries scheduled in early 2014. The other two U.S. models, xDrive28i and xDrive35i (or sDrive35i) arrives at dealerships in September.

First introduced with the new 1 and 3 Series models, pre-configured packages / lines will be offered for the X5 as well, starting with the Luxury Line (ZLL), xLine (ZXD) and ending with the M Sport Package. The Luxury Line and xLine will also come with exclusive Line-specific 19″ wheel (optional upgrade to 20“ wheels) and a unique car key. The M Sport Package model also gets a special key fob.


The interior is where is the new X5 really shines. BMW has upgraded the cabin to new standards, both in terms of gadgetry and luxury, while retaining the driving oriented cockpit and sportiness.

One of the new interesting tech available for the new X5 is the Lighting Package. This new package offers ambient light designs in three different colors with nine pre-defined lighting designs. These interior ambient lights create a special glow, from dashboard to doors and footwells.

The base colors are orange, white and blue, followed by a combination of these three, calming colors.

No pricing is available at the moment.

(Photo Comparison: New BMW X5 vs. Mercedes-Benz ML vs. Audi Q7 vs. Porsche Cayenne)