The fourth generation of BMW’s X5 is on the horizon. What’s new for the now-classic SUV? Two words: platform and tech.
The 2019 X5 will employ the company’s new comprehensive CLAR platform, with allows the model to flex its muscle a little more than in previous years. It’s bigger all the way around, with a wheelbase over one-and-a-half inches longer than the outgoing model, an over two-and-a-half inch width increase, and another inch in height. Styling updates keep current with the trend toward simplified design language, but the vehicle retains the signature lines that easily identify it as a BMW; they’re toned down, but they still readily indicate the pedigree of the manufacturer.
Tech updates on the 2019 X5 include a latest-gen iDrive system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen that responds to voice and gesture communication from occupants. The instrument display has been reorganized and updated for easier navigation, and connectivity has been improved. The model’s active safety and driver assist suite have also been brought up to SOTA.
The 2019 X5 will come with a choice of engines. The stock U.S. model is slated to be equipped with a 3L inline six with a single turbocharger that produces a very respectable 335 HP and 330 pound-feet of torque; the optional 4.4L V8 brings the horsepower rating up to 456, with 479 lb-ft of torque available.
The new model year of the X5 is expected to be in dealerships this November.