BMW’s new generation X5 and X5 M models are being tested on public roads in Scandinavia, as the brand puts the finishing touches to his Porsche Cayenne-rivaling range of models before arriving on the roads this October.
Just this week our photographers light put your eyes on a new X5 M prototype that was caught wearing the production body, providing a glimpse of what’s to come from the more powerful model. Under his nose is heavily optimized version of M SUV’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, and is likely to produce the same 592bhp as the last M5 super saloon.
I would like to make 25bhp more than the current X5 M and 30bhp more than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, ensuring that the next X5 M becomes one of the most performance-focused Suv. The battle heats up further when the next generation of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, another of the X5 M archrivals, reaches our roads at the beginning of next year, with 603bhp from his new hot-vee V8 engine.
BMW performance push will not end with the new car, new engines, however, because, along with the rest of the new range of X5, and X5 M will benefit from the use of a much lighter structure. All the models will be built with the same CLAR (cluster architecture) platform as the 7 Series, which incorporates steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and magnesium to provide a considerable reduction in weight.
This diet will have a profound impact on the whole of the line, to the advantage of guiding the economy and in the models of the series, while also carrying the lighter model (currently the xDrive35i under two tonne mark for the first time. Expect the X5 M in a straight line performance to make profit from this weight loss, by giving a strong potential at the edge of its 0-62 mph time in under 4secs.
Under the top M model will be another eight-cylinder variant to replace the current xDrive50i. Using a less tense version of the 4.4-liter engine, its output will exceed 450bhp to align close to the Cayenne GTS from Porsche. BMW will also continue to produce a plug-in hybrid variant capable of mixing a 2.0-litre petrol engine with electric power, as in the current xDrive40e. Improved electric range of over 25 miles; the most recent 5-Series with this engine is capable of 29 miles, even if it is significantly lighter and more aerodynamic.
Despite the continuous pressure from the part of the authorities of diesel to be eliminated, the demand in the segment of large SUV for oil burning engines, remains strong. As such, BMW will continue to offer diesel power, but with all the models in new diesel particulate filters compliant with the next World-wide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), which will enter into force in September, as well as an increase in the pressure of the turbo. As such, the X5 2.0-liter four-pot and 3.0-litre six-pot diesel options will remain in the line-up, but also offer cleaner emissions along with a greater economy.
The X5 match will be his last CLAR brothers, which also include the new 5 Series range, and for the next 3 Series, conquering the latest version of its iDrive cabin technology. Expect the gesture control of the 7 Series filter in the X5, but the new technologies did not mean the end of the rotary control is located on the transmission tunnel. This feature will remain the main way to control the infotainment system.
The 7 Series Level 2 stand alone capability – that allow you to control the throttle, brakes and steering, but that require a human being to keep hands on the wheel – will be incorporated in the X5, as the self-parking function that allows the driver to exit the car and engage the technology in the remote.
Also borrowed from the 7 Series will be two-axle, air ride suspension, although it will be an option for the X5 (standard on 7 Series sedan). This will give you more control of the height compared to the current X5, the axis rear-only air suspension to improve the ride comfort further. In the lower part of the ranking models with steel springs, but to be available with adaptive damping technology to extend capabilities on a variety of surfaces.
The next X5 will be the first SUV BMW coupe form that doesn’t sit at the top of its range. This crowning position will be taken by the X7, which is payable on the streets of this December has been previewed with the X7 iPerformance concept at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. BMW has released official images of its development, because, by showing how big it is compared to the X5.
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