BMW X5: a Game Changer and America’s Best-Selling BMW

Refreshed BMW X5 2024

The BMW X5 is an important model for the automaker, a game changer and a must-try vehicle of its segment that has just entered the new 2024 model year with new design elements, a tech-forward interior, and new engines.

The BMW X5 is one of the best midsize luxury SUVs that combines the practicality and versatility of a people hauler with the athletic performance of a sports car. It offers balanced ride and handling, lots of cargo room, and a well-honed interior with a feature-packed infotainment system.

The X5 is a model with almost no downsides, with the exception of perhaps a tight third row, somewhat finicky hand-gesture controls, and a high price.

Key Facts:

  • The model debuted n 1999, and since then BMW released already four generations
  • This is BMW’s first SUV, although the company marketed it as an SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle). So, the SAV series began from the X5
  • The BMW X5 was the first vehicle to utilize a more modern monocoque chassis instead of a body-on-frame construction
  • The crossover is available with all-wheel drive at launch, with either manual or automatic transmission
  • The X5 has armored security modifications and a high-performance M variant that arrived as a 2010 model
  • This model is the best-selling BMW in America: 82,372 units were sold in 2022.

2024 BMW X5

The new 2024 BMW X5 along with the 2024 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe go into production at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina in April 2023. Four X5 configurations are available, priced between $66,195 and $90,295 including a $995 destination fee,

BMW X5 2024 Profile
2024 BMW X5
BMW X5 2024 Rear Part
2024 BMW X5 Rear

For the next model year, the BMW X5 has received new exterior design elements including new air breathers, an illuminated grille, and LED rear lights with an X motif. A fully digital BMW Curved Display with next-generation iDrive 8 software is at the heart of the interior redesign.

BMW X5 2024 Trunk
2024 BMW X5 Cargo Compartment
BMW X5 2024 Interior
2024 BMW X5 Interior
2024 BMW X5 Front Seats
2024 BMW X5 Seating

The car’s safety systems are enhanced with a new Highway Assistant – an advanced feature allowing the driver to take hands off the steering wheel when driving on limited access highways at speeds up to 85 mph.

The main changes have happened under the hood: BMW updated the range of  inline-6 and V8 engines.

BMW X5 2024 Engine
2024 BMW X5 Engine
BMW X5 2024 Charging Port
2024 BMW X5 Charging Port

The BMW X5 xDrive50e version’s plug-in hybrid powertrain based on a 3,0-liter twin-turbo V6 now produces up to 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque (100 hp more), and provides an electric-only range of up to 40 miles (10 mi more than before).

The X5 M60i version now benefits from a 48V mild-hybrid technology. Its newly-developed TwinPower Turbo 4.4.-liter V8 engine delivers 523 hp and 553 lb-ft and enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 sec.

 Source: BMW

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