2014 BMW X5 revealed [videos]

2014 BMW X5

Following numerous spy shots and leaked images, BMW has unveiled the third generation X5 with an evolutionary design. The profile is instantly recognizable, with design elements similar to the rest of the new BMW range like the new headlights that flow into the grille, as well as ‘Air Curtain’ on either side of the front bumper along with Air Breather vents behind the front wheels is very similar to those found on the 4 Series Coupé concept.

The interior has not changed much, featuring higher quality materials and an improved design along with LED ambient lighting, iDrive display, gloss black accents and Oxide Silver, Aluminum Hexagon or Poplar Grain wood trim. There is a new 40:20:40 split in the second row of seats. Boot space is 650 litres with five seats in place, and is up to 1,870 litres with the second row folded. A seven-seater option is also available.

From launch the new X5 will be offered as xDrive50i (4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine with 450 hp), xDrive30d (six-cylinder in-line diesel with 258 hp) and the M50d M (tri-turbo six-cylinder in-line diesel with 381 hp). The M50d M does 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy is impressive 42.2 mpg with CO2 emissions of 177 g/km.

In December 2013 the BMW X5 xDrive40d, BMW X5 xDrive35i, BMW X5 xDrive25d and BMW X5 sDrive25d (with CO2 emissions of just 149 g/km) will be added to the range.

The xDrive all-wheel-drive is standard on all models except the new entry level sDrive25d.

The four-cylinder two-wheel-drive X5 sDrive25d starts at £42,590 and packs 215 hp, while the fuel economy is 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions from 149g/km. Four-wheel drive is optional.

Until the new X5 M arrives sometimes in 2014, the current top of the range XDrive50i with 450 hp does 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds.

There are plenty of new goodies and safety features available like Traffic Jam Assistant that navigates through traffic jams at speeds up to 25mph or a 360-degree camera system and a self-parking program that can operate the brakes and accelerator.

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