It’s called ‘the Boss’ for two reasons: it spawned the X model line of the German automaker and has been selling swiftly and steadily since its introduction in 2000. Why? Read on to find out.
After a dramatic 8.8 percent increase in X5 deliveries from 2016 and 2017, the following year seemed to be the right time for the global reveal of the fourth generation.
The all-new BMW X5, introduced locally early March by SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation (the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines), now comes in a new platform. Called CLAR or Cluster Architecture, it uses steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber for a higher level of performance and economy by increasing strength and reducing body weight, which makes this the lightest X5 to date. Changes aren’t just intrinsic as updates have been made on design and various equipment. It now features an enlarged one-piece kidney grille flanked by dual LED headlamps, LED taillights, underguards, roof rails, 20-inch light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design, and a few pearl-effect chrome accents to highlights the its off-road characteristics.
This seven-seater appears spacious and very well-appointed inside. Vernasca leather comes standard as well as cooled/heated cupholders, ambient lighting and a Harman Kardon sound system. The new instrument cluster and Control Display — both being 12.3 inches — features the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system and BMW’s latest 7.0 operating system respectively to optimize the driver’s attention with ‘clear presentation and structuring, plus customizable and personalized display’. Drivers can control the infotainment system via steering wheel buttons, the iDrive Controller, the touchscreen display, voice control or BMW gesture control. Aside from Bluetooth connectivity, it also sports the more modern USB-C port, one on each of the front seats’ backrest.
Maximum cargo capacity is 1,860 liters when the 40:20:40 split rear seats are completely folded down. For easy ingress and egress, it uses a two-section tailgate that can be closed electronically and hands-free.
BMW Philippines will offer only one trim, the X5 xDrive30d xLine. It is a six-cylinder 3.0L diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that sends 265 HP and 620 Nm of torque to all the four wheels (xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive) via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Now available at dealerships, it is priced at P5.990 million and will come with a five-year warranty (BMW Repair inclusive), which is a first in the premium automotive segment.
BMW calls it an SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) instead of an SUV because it opines that the X5 is not a car with a truck platform or vice-versa. Instead it is a crossover with an SUV platform that’s based on the 5-series. According to the automaker, that gives it off-road capabilities without losing BMW’s acclaimed on-road driving dynamics.
Check out the all-new BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine and see for yourself why it’s called, the Boss.
Text and photos by Eric Tipan