BMW’s all-new 2019 X5 looks a lot like the model it replaces. But the new SUV is wider, taller, and longer, and it comes standard with important advanced safety and driver-assist systems.
The automaker released details about the new SUV this week, but the actual debut could be at the Paris auto show this fall, according to reports.
The new X5 comes at an important time for BMW. It is the brand’s second-best-selling model (behind the 3 Series) in North America, and it faces stiff competition from the Audi Q7 (a Consumer Reports Top Pick), Lexus RX, and Volvo XC90.
2019 BMW X5
What it competes with: Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volvo XC90
What it looks like: The new X5 looks very similar to the previous-generation model, with a taller “twin-kidney” grille and aggressive front-end styling.
Powertrains: Two engine will be available, a 335-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder and a 456-hp, turbo 4.4-liter V8. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard.
On-sale date: November 2018
At a glance, the 2019 X5 hardly looks like a redesign because the changes are so subtle. The traditional BMW grille is significantly taller and wider, and the headlights are more in line with those on the X2 and X3 SUVs. There are some sculpted creases at the top and bottom of the doors, and the wheel arches are more pronounced than in the outgoing version. The standard adaptive LED headlights move in the direction the steering wheel is turned; the taillights are also LEDs.
BMW has made significant changes to the X5’s interior; the most significant are to the infotainment screen and the arrangement of many controls. The center console has taken on a look similar to other recently redesigned BMWs, with angular air vents and minimalist controls for the climate system.
The infotainment system features a 12.3-inch touch screen that sits above the air vents, like in the previous X5, but it appears to be better integrated into the dashboard. Users can interact with the screen through the iDrive control knob on the center console, through the touch screen, by using a “table-like touch surface,” or by using gestures, similar to the BMW 5 and 7 Series sedans….Read more>>