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2013-05-31 15:08

IT'S COMING! BMW has announced the new X5 will be available in the UK from Novemeber 2013 and will reach SA early next year.Image: Newspress

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LONDON, England - BMW announced on Thursday  its third-generation X5 is set for the UK during November 2013 and will arrive in South Africa during the first quarter of 2014.

BMW SA spokesperson Edward Makwana says the new X5 will arrive locally during the first quarter of 2014, pricing will be announced later in 2013.

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The new X5 will be available with five TwinPower Turbo engines:  four diesel and one petrol along with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the option of two or four-wheel drive (sDrive and xDrive).

The sports activity vehicle (SAV) has become a household phrase in the BMW stable purely because it embodies the character of the X5: all-roads, all-weather capabilities, spaciousness and the versatility of an SUV.

STANDARDS MET

Always one step ahead, EU6 emissions set for September 2014 has already been met by the automaker for the X5. The car has significant fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reductions thanks to all its EfficientDynamics technologies.

BMW says a combination of a nitrogen oxide (NOx) absorber catalyst, selective catalytic reduction and a urea (AdBlue) injection which turns the vast majority of NOx in the exhaust stream into harmless nitrogen and water.

The range will initially be made up of the xDrive30d, M50d and xDrive50i, joined by a new two-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel by the end of 2013. The latter will be available in the sDrive25d, and the xDrive25d in two-wheel drive only. Provisional CO2 figures are 149g/km and 155g/km while the xDrive40d, with a twin-turbo three-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine, is expected to have average fuel consumption of 6.4-litres/100km and 169g/km CO2 emissions.

The range starts with the xDrive30d, featuring a three-litre straight-six common-rail turbodiesel with 190kW at 4000rpm/560Nm from 1500-3000rpm. It goes from zero to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds, as fast as 230km/h and has an average of 6.2 litres per 100km according to BMW.

There's also the M50d M Performance Automobile with the same engine making 280kW/740Nm.

There are extensive weight and drag-reduction measures, making the new X5 the lightest and most aerodynamic car in its class.

The car will include eco-pro, auto stop start, brake energy regeneration, on-demand use of auxiliary units, electric power steering and low rolling resistance tyres.

MORE CONTROL

The new BMW X5 comes as standard with a Drive Dynamic Control switch, allowing the driver to fine-tune the balance between comfort and sportiness on and off-road.

The latest version of the BMW xDrive system, which intelligently manages the torque split between the front and rear wheels, has been enhanced for efficiency and now weighs 1.4kg less. It takes information about road and wheel speeds, steering angle and accelerator position to interpret the driver’s intentions and what the car is doing to calculate how to apportion engine torque and eliminating under- and oversteer.

All-wheel-drive models now include a 3D xDrive display giving real-time details of body roll and pitch in the central information screen, as well as a digital compass display.


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