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08 February 2010

BMW's new X5

New BMW X5 gets revised engine options and new look

BMW’s sporty X5 4x4 has been on sale in it's current form since 2007, so the German firm has decided to give it a mid-life makeover.

The main changes involve new engine and gearbox combinations, as well as a few visual tweaks.

2010 X5 engines

Three new engines will be launched, all of which meet EU5 emission standards. The 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbodiesel found in the xDrive35d will now be available in two forms - with either 245bhp or 306bhp.

The smaller version, now named xDrive30d, has a claimed fuel economy of 38.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 195g/km. BMW says the larger xDrive40d achieves 37.7mpg and 198g/km.

2010 BMW X5

Changes to 2010 X5 include new rear lights and bumpers

For petrol lovers, the 4.8-litre engine of the current model will be replaced with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8.

But, in the spirit of BMW's EfficientDynamics motto, it gets 50bhp power boost, taking total output to a barnstorming 408bhp.

It won't be cheap or green to run, though - with economy and CO2 figures of 22.6mpg and 292g/km.

A new eight-speed automatic gearbox will come as standard in all models.

X5's new look

The new X5 sports a number of exterior changes, including redesigned front bumpers with enlarged vents and matt aluminium-look lower scuff plates and vent fins. 


New X5 will have off-road ability, but most will spend more time on dry land

It also gets new xenon headlights with bright white LEDs and altered rear light clusters. Larger exhaust pipes, within a redesigned rear bumper, finish off the look.

Some of optional gadgets available on the 2010 X5 include a lane departure warning system, active cruise control with a stop-start system and side-view cameras.

Prices for the new car will start at £43,980 OTR. It will go on sale on 5 June.

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