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  BMW X5 4.8i
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2007
Source:Company press release
Last updated:November 13, 2006
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIts predecessor was the trendsetter creating a brand-new segment in the market. And now the new BMW X5 is raising the driving experience in a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) to an even higher level. Powerful eight- and six-cylinder engines, BMW xDrive permanent all-wheel drive once again enhanced to an even higher standard, and a brand-new suspension optimised from the ground up give the new model supreme agility and driving dynamics. The new V8 power unit develops maximum output of 261 kW/355 hp, the new six-cylinder inline engine with its magnesium/ aluminium composite crankcase offers 200 kW/272 hp, and the new all-aluminium straight-six diesel with third-generation common rail Fuel Injection churns out a superior 173 kW/235 hp.

The large and highly versatile interior of the new BMW X5 offers maximum function and space for up to seven occupants. And at the same time, thanks to innovative features and equipment as well as high-class finish, the interior ensures exclusivity of the same calibre and standard as a luxury performance saloon. The new BMW X5 is the first SAV in the world available with Active Steering, AdaptiveDrive (anti-roll stabilisation and adaptive dampers) as well as a Head-Up Display, and comes as standard on runflat safety tyres.

Offering enhanced dynamics and an even higher standard of all-round supremacy, the new BMW X5 is continuing the victorious success of a truly exceptional vehicle concept. When introducing the former model, the first X5, BMW set up and established the brand-new segment of the SAV Sports Activity Vehicle. As a spacious, luxurious, versatile and, at the same time, robust premium car offering excellent qualities through its electronically controlled all-wheel drive and superior driving dynamics for Venturing out on rough terrain, the BMW X5 hit the headlines right from the start. And the success of this strategy is clearly reflected by more than 580,000 units sold worldwide in the meantime.

The driving experience is characterised, as before, by significant ride height and a commanding seating position. Further fortes also maintained in the new model are the unitary bodyshell, independent suspension, and permanent, electronically controlled, variable all-wheel drive. Both the gasoline and diesel engines with eight and, respectively, six cylinders have been significantly optimised to an even higher standard of excellence, now offering even more superior performance and motoring culture. And the suspension, finally, is brand-new from the ground up, conveying the power of the engine in superior style to the road or, as the case may be, to a rough track.

A feature quite unique in the SAV segment is the combination of a double wishbone front axle with the integral-IV rear axle in the new BMW X5. This cutting-edge configuration allows a particularly high standard of lateral acceleration, extremely good directional stability, and exemplary roll comfort all at the same time. Yet another innovation is rack-and-pinion steering with its variable transmission ratio facilitating a precise style of motoring in its middle position while offering the driver a more direct response in bends with a larger steering angle.

The new BMW X5 is the first vehicle in its class available as an option with Active Steering including Servotronic. This unique steering system adjusts the steering transmission ratio additionally to the road speed of the vehicle in the interest of an even higher standard of agility. At high speeds Active Steering provides even safer directional stability, while when parking or manoeuvring all the driver has to do is turn the steering wheel twice from its extreme left to its extreme right position. A further benefit of Active Steering in the new BMW X5 is the active contribution it makes to stabilising the vehicle. When applying the brakes on different surfaces, for example, that is with a different frictional coefficient on either side, Active Steering provides an appropriate but discreet counter- steering effect to prevent the vehicle from swerving out of control.

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