BMWBLOG headed to Vancouver, Canada, to test drive the all-new 2014 BMW X5.
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While on Canadian territory, we managed to get ample time behind the wheel of two of the X5 models heading to the North American market: the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50 and BMW X5 xDrive30d. Well, the xDrive30d will actually be renamed X5 xDrive35d for the U.S. market.
The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d retains the 3.0-liter diesel engine, whose BMW TwinPower Turbo technology comprises VNT turbocharging and common rail direct injection, now develops maximum power of 255 hp and maximum torque of 413 lb-ft which is delivered between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.
In spite of the slight reduction in output from its predecessor, the new BMW X5 xDrive35d has a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 6.9 seconds (preliminary), making it just as quick or quicker. With the latest technology and the addition of an 8-speed automatic transmission, the new model is expected to post significant improvements in efficiency (EPA mileage estimates will be available closer to launch). The new X5 xDrive35d uses the latest in emission reduction technology. Lower nitrogen oxide limits are met using a close-coupled NOX adsorber catalyst and an SCR catalyst with urea (AdBlue) injection.
BMWBLOG Test Drive: 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i and xDrive30d
The V8-powered X5 xDrive50i will use BMW’s latest 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8. It offers improvements in horsepower and torque, while at the same time improving efficiency. The new generation of the V8 engine now puts out 450 hp, a whopping 50 hp more to move less weight! Torque figures are up to at 479 lb-ft, a 29 lb-ft gain.
For the new X5 xDrive50i, 0-100km (0-62mph) now happens in half a second sooner, just 5.0 seconds
All models will be equipped with BMW’s latest 8-speed automatic transmission.
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. All prices include $925 destination and handling.