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BMW X5 gets a facelift

Luxury off-roader given mid-life refresh

BMW's new X5

New BMW X5 gets revised engine options and new look

BMW’s sporty X5 4×4 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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