2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i

2011 BMW X5 xDrive35i

By Arthur Demi via BMW

2011 BMW X5

More dynamic, efficient and luxurious than ever, the new BMW X5 continues to strengthen its leading position within the competitive environment of fourwheel driven premium vehicles. Selective design modifications authentically express enhanced sporting characteristics and a completely new engine portfolio combines the highest level of driving pleasure with unprecedented efficiency. Optimally enhanced intelligent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive ensures superior dynamics both on and off-road. A widened choice of driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive services underlines the innovative character of the new BMW X5. With these versatile qualities it presents itself as a modern and up-to-date further development of the Sports Activity Vehicle concept, which was established in 1999 with the launch of the first-generation BMW X5.

The design: Clear focus on enhanced sporting characteristics.

The BMW X5’s bodywork design is characterised by harmonious proportions expressing both the powerful elegance and agility of the vehicle. The newly interpreted design vocabulary typical of BMW X models comprises above all the structure of the front apron and the position of the standard fog lamps as well as a redesigned rear apron adopting the structure of the front end. An increase in the percentage of front and rear end surfaces painted in body colour emphasises the on-road characteristics of the BMW X5, thereby reflecting the vehicle’s higher level of sportiness.

The engine range: Increased power output, optimised efficiency.

A completely revised engine range ensures that the BMW X5 will continue to strengthen its leading role as the most dynamic vehicle in its segment. It comprises a V8 and a straight six-cylinder petrol power unit featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct injection as well as two versions of the latest generation of BMW six-cylinder diesel engines. Power output ranges from 180 kW/245 bhp to 300 kW/407 bhp. In spite of significantly improved performance, fuel consumption and emission levels are up to 10 percent lower compared to their predecessors. An eight-speed automatic transmission contributes additionally towards enhancing the efficiency, dynamics and motoring comfort of the new BMW X5.

The model range is complemented by the BMW X5 M, an extremely performance-oriented exception in its competitive environment. This high M TwinPower Turbo technology. All versions of the new BMW X5 fulfil the EU5 emission standard in Europe and ULEV II in the USA respectively.

BMW xDrive: Newly adapted intelligent four-wheel drive technology.

The intelligent four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive is a guarantee of characteristic driving dynamics on tarmac and supreme off-road traction. The xDrive technology featured in the new BMW X5 assists a dynamic driving style more intensively through the revised distribution of torque. Active Steering and Adaptive Drive with electronically controlled dampers and Dynamic Stability Control are optionally available for the BMW X5.

The MW X5 M is equipped with a M-specific suspension construction including Adaptive Drive. Furthermore, the vehicle is fitted with Dynamic Performance Control as a standard xDrive feature.

The interior: Luxurious and variable.

In addition to the high seating position, the luxurious ambience contributes towards the characteristic driving experience provided by the BMW X5. Moreover, the interior stands out through a high level of variability. The luggage compartment can be extended from a capacity of 620 litres to a maximum of 1,750 litres Thanks to third-row seats, the BMW X5 can accommodate up to seven persons.

BMW X5 xDrive35i

Innovative BMW ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems.

For the new BMW X5, the spectrum of features offered by BMW ConnectedDrive has been extended to comprise the driver assistance systems Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info and Side View. In addition, Head-up Display, Adaptive Cornering Headlights, High-beam Assistant, Park Distance Control and reversing camera including Top View are available.

Production at the BMW Spartanburg plant.

The new BMW X5 is produced at the BMW Spartanburg plant. The BMW X6 and X6 ActiveHybrid are also built there. In addition to efficient and environmentally-friendly manufacturing processes, this production facility located in the US Federal State of South Carolina is characterised above all by a high degree of competence with regard to BMW X models.

With an entirely revised range of engines, concise design modifications and innovate driver assistance systems, the new BMW X5 continues to strengthen its supremacy within the competitive environment. The consistent further development has led to even further improved standards in terms of sporting performance and efficiency, modern aesthetics and exclusivity. With greater supremacy than ever, the new BMW X5 clearly underlines the driving pleasure that is characteristic of a luxurious Sports Activity Vehicle. Consequently, it remains the benchmark and spearhead within this particular vehicle segment, which was initially established by the first generation of the BMW X5.

Thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics, all versions of the new BMW X5 achieve the optimum ratio between performance and fuel consumption in each of their engine classes. The new top-of-the-range model is the BMW X5 xDrive50i, whose V8 power unit featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct petrol injection (High Precision Injection) has an output of 300 kW/407 bhp. The new BMW X5 xDrive35i is powered by a 225 kW/306 bhp straight six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo, High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC. The all-aluminium six-cylinder diesel with TwinPower Turbo and Common Rail direct injection featured in the BMW X5 xDrive40d delivers the same output and a maximum torque of 600 Nm. With an average fuel consumption of 7.4 litres/100 km in the EU test cycle, the BMW X5 xDrive30d with 180 kW/245 bhp achieves unprecedented, top-level efficiency values. All engines comply with the EU5 emission standard.

All versions of the new BMW X5 are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. With its innovative gear set configuration as well as minimum converter slip, it offers a combination of outstanding shifting dynamics, optimised effectiveness and the highest degree of comfort. Consequently, the eight-speed automatic transmission is a further factor contributing towards enhanced road performance and efficiency.

The BMW X5 M is available as an additional choice for particularly performance-oriented target groups. The high-performance model of the BMW M GmbH featuring four-wheel drive is powered by a 408 kW/555 bhp V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo and direct fuel injection, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds. The BMW X5 M sets new benchmarks in a number of disciplines related to driving dynamics within the competitive environment of BMW X models. Power transmission is effected via an M Sports six-speed automatic gearbox. The suspension components and the Servotronic steering as well as the xDrive four-wheel drive system, including Dynamic Performance Control, feature M-specific enhancement. The vehicle also comes as standard with pneumatic suspension with automatic selflevelling on the rear axle as well as Adaptive Drive with electronically controlled dampers (EDC) and Dynamic Stability Control.

The design of the new BMW X5 is characterised by well-balanced proportions that make the vehicle look exquisitely dynamic and elegant. Thanks to specific modifications to the front and rear end, all versions of the BMW X5 clearly visualise a marked increase in driving dynamics. Larger side air intakes at the front and an increased proportion of surfaces painted in body colour within the area of the front and rear end aprons point to an increase in engine output and emphasise the vehicle’s orientation to the road. The new BMW X5’s athletic character is additionally underlined by the reshaped rear bumper and the tailpipe surrounds.

In conjunction with the optional Xenon headlights, the dual round headlights incorporate LED corona rings. They provide a particularly superior and effective daytime light function in typical BMW style. The Lshaped, redesigned taillights, each with two homogeneously illuminated LED light banks, reflect the brand-typical nighttime design of the rear end.

The BMW X5 M is characterised by unique design features, the distinctively athletic styling of which reflect the model’s high-performing qualities. The front end design featuring large air intakes corresponds to that of the BMW X6 M. Furthermore, differentiation is achieved, inter alia, through model-specific air vents integrated into the side walls and an extremely muscular looking rear apron surrounding the two twin tailpipes typical of the M concept.

The interior of the new BMW X5 impresses with a high degree of variability and a luxurious ambience. The high seating position permits an optimum view of the current traffic situation. The standard equipment includes the latest generation of the iDrive control system, which offers additional possibilities for convenient and intuitive control of all standard and optional audio, navigation and telecommunication functions. The flexibly utilisable luggage compartment can be extended from a capacity of 620 litres to a maximum of 1,750 litres. Thanks to third-row seats, the BMW X5 can accommodate up to seven persons.

The BMW xDrive intelligent four-wheel drive system distributes drive torque between the front and rear axels via an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch. Through joint efforts with the DSC Dynamic Stability Control function, distribution in terms of driving dynamics and traction is adapted directly and according to each particular situation. Optimised xDrive technology featured in the new BMW X5 contributes towards a further enhanced driving experience. Moreover, spring and damper adjustment of the BMW X5 xDrive50i and the BMW X5 xDrive40d have undergone model-specific modifications. The standard equipment of the new BMW X5 also includes the speed-dependent Servotronic steering assistance system. Newly devised Active Steering and Adaptive Drive with increased spread are optionally available. Using the Sport button located on the centre console and included in the range of Adaptive Drive options, it is now also possible to activate, in addition to a firmer damper adjustment, a more sporty power steering control map.

Within the framework of BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW X5 offers a multitude of unique driver assistance systems and services for optimising comfort, safety and for the use of the infotainment functions. In addition to the Head-up Display, Adaptive Cornering Headlights, High-beam Assistant, Park Distance Control and reversing camera with Top View, the functions Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info and Side View are all available for the BMW X5.

In addition to the extremely stiff body structure, standard equipment incorporating front and side airbags, side head airbags for the front and second-row seats, three-point automatic safety belts for all seats, belt tensioners and belt-force limiters as well as crash-active front headrests and the ISOFIX child seat system at the rear contribute towards optimising occupant protection. Furthermore, the new BMW X5 is equipped with dynamic brake lights, runflat safety tyres and a tyre defect indicator.

High-quality materials, premium finish and a comprehensive range of standard equipment characterise the luxurious style of the new BMW X5. 4-zone automatic climate control is available as an alternative to the 2-zone version. The navigation system Professional features a hard disk storage unit for digital maps and the personal music collection. The audio equipment comprises an MP3-compatible CD player and an AUX-IN connection. Further options include, inter alia, a USB audio connection, the BMW Individual High-End audio system, a DVD changer and a DVD entertainment system. New exterior and interior colours and light-alloy wheels add to the modern look of the car.

(BMW Press Release)