Mid-life changes for the X5

New engines will be launched for xDrive30d, xDrive40d – replacing the xDrive35d – and the xDrive50i – replacing the xDrive48i, and will offer the normal improvements to both power and emissions. All of the new powerplants now meet EU5 standards.

The entry-level xDrive30d now produces 183 kW and 540 Nm, while using just 7,4 l/100km. Acceleration to 100 km/h now takes only 7,6 seconds – a six per cent improvement over the previous model.

The twin-turbocharged xDrive35d has been replaced by the new xDrive40d, which means an improvement in emissions of 10 per cent (to 198 g/km CO2) and fuel consumption of 7,5 l/100km. The 0 – 100 km/h time is now just 6,6 seconds, down from 7,0 seconds, courtesy of a 228 kW output, 15 kW more than the outgoing engine, and torque of 600 Nm.

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with the catalytic converter located in the “vee”, has been slipped into the xDrive50i and has 40 kW more than the model it replaces, bringing peak power to 304 kW, and 600 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h takes just 5,5 seconds, which is a second better than the predecessor.

Other big mechanical news is that all of these engines will be mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, helping to lower the X5’s CO2 output and allowing for smoother gear-changes and better performance.

Revised front bumpers with enlarged vents, matt aluminium-look lower scuff plates and vent fins, and new xenon headlights feature on the new front end. At the rear are a revised taillight cluster, enlarged tail pipes and a redesigned rear bumper.

Leather upholstery is now standard across the entire X5 range, while a wide range of high-tech options are available, including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with “Stop and Go” function, speed limit display and side-view cameras.

The new X5 will go on sale in Europe in June, and should be in South Africa shortly thereafter.