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INFO, PICS: All-new BMW X5

2006-08-08 19:11

Meet the new BMW X5 - it is due here in 2007

The all-new X5's design is more an evolution of the current model's styling and BMW kept it quite conservative when compared to other new generation BMWs such as the 5 and 6.

However it is bigger than before and the X5 now comes with the option of a third row of seats.

The newcomer also features powerful eight and six-cylinder engines, unique suspension, enhanced BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, as well as a weight-optimised bodyshell with extreme torsional stiffness.

The new BMW X5 is the only vehicle in its segment available with both Active Steering, developed by BMW, and AdaptiveDrive (a combination of Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control).

It is also the first SAV fitted with runflat tires as standard equipment.

The new X5 will be available with either a 4.8-liter V8 capable of 262 kW or a 3.0-liter inline-six with 192 kW. T

It comes standard with a six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission enhanced to an even higher level than before.

The FlexRay high-speed data transmission system is used for the first time in the industry for fast and reliable coordination of all AdaptiveDrive functions.

FlexRay has been enhanced to production standard by a consortium of development companies under the leadership of BMW. This system offers a level of data transfer capacity never seen before.

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