The new BMW X5 has only been on the market for a few months, but it’s already shaping up to be one of the best selling SUVs in the BMW lineup. To date, more than 2.2 million X5’s have been sold worldwide, one third of those sales being in the U.S., so by any standards, the BMW X5 was a huge success story for the Germans. With every new generation, and there were three so far, the recipe has been further refined to deliver nearly flawless X5s.
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The new G05 BMW X5 is a replacement for a car that’s actually still quite fresh, the F15-gen X5. The F15 X5 debuted in 2014, making it only four years old and two years shy of the typical age limit for BMW models. So BMW is replacing it a bit early, which is odd considering that the F15 X5 still looks great and sells very well. However, the car that’s replacing it, the G05 BMW X5, seems to be even better, with better looks, a far better interior, more luxury, better powertrains and newer technology.
To showcase its beauty, we teamed up with photo artist Ciprian Mihai for a new gallery of the G05 X5. The photoshoot took place in Bucharest, Romania and on some of the scenic roads in the countryside. In the US, the new X5 is offered in two two model variants – the BMW X5 xDrive40i and the xDrive50i. The xDrive40i comes with BMW’s B58 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 and the xDrive50i comes with the brand’s famous 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8. A plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive45e will arrive by 2020.
In Europe, there is also an X5 M50d, which will pack BMW’s quad-turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-six diesel, delivers 400 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. It will be able to get from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
The cabin takes on a more modern design direction offering a more minimalist look, thanks in part to the latest iteration of the iDrive infotainment system. A 12.3-inch display controls a vast array of functions via iDrive, touch, voice and gesture commands. A second 12.3-inch screen with customizable digital dials sits behind the steering wheels. These screens are supplemented by BMW’s largest-ever head-up display.
The redesigned control panel on the center tunnel stands out with a glass application gear shifter, as well as a crystal-adorned iDrive knob and repositioned On/Off button. Pipes of ambient lighting illuminate the center tunnel, doors, and instrument panel.
The 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i starts at $60,055, and the off-road package adds $3,950. The X5 xDrive50i starts at $76,745.