BMW may not have pioneered the luxury SUV, but over the last 20 years the X5 has defined the class. Unveiled today, the redesigned 2019 BMW X5 represents the fourth generation. The most noticeable difference is right up front, with a larger version of the brand's signature kidney grille that takes angular cues from last year's X7 concept. Overall, this latest X5 is larger than its third-generation predecessor that debuted a scant five years ago. It gains 1.6 inches in wheelbase, about an inch in length and height, and 2.6 inches in width.
The new X5 goes on sale this November. Buyers can choose between the xDrive40i model and its turbocharged 335-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine or the xDrive50i that boasts a 456-hp turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. BMW estimates the xDrive40i will do 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and the xDrive50i in 4.6 seconds. Fuel economy figures were not available at the time of this writing.
Each engine comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard. To maximize efficiency, the all-wheel-drive system automatically decouples the front wheels when they aren't needed. Inversely, if you're tackling difficult terrain, a new optional Off-Road package adds an air suspension and a locking center differential. We expect additional engine choices in the future that will enhance both efficiency and performance.
On the inside, the design is an evolution of the previous X5, with a layout featuring two 12.3-inch displays — one for the gauge cluster and another for the center infotainment screen. Available feature highlights include a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats with massage functions, heated and cooled cupholders, Bowers & Wilkins premium audio, and a rear entertainment system that offers two 10.2-inch HD displays, a Blu-ray DVD player and an HDMI input. A third-row seating option will be available in December.
Advanced driver safety aids are well-represented. In addition to the typical features found in similar luxury SUVs, the X5 is available with adaptive cruise control that operates in dense stop-and-go traffic. It also offers a system that can make automatic lane changes when you hold the turn signal and it verifies the coast is clear. Another available assistance system can handle parallel and perpendicular parking on its own.
Check back with Edmunds for more information and driving impressions as we near the on-sale date.