Launched in 2013 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, the BMW X5 (F15) is a mid-size SUV designed, constructed and marketed worldwide by the German automobile manufacturer. Before the launch, there were a number of variants of this luxury crossover such as sDrive25d, xDrive25d, xDrive30d, xDrive35i, BMW xDrive40d, M50d and xDrive50i.
Since the fourth quarter of 2013, the car has been gaining enormous popularity on the American soil. US models of X5 took the country’s auto-markets by storm. Between 2013 and 2015, the automaker added a few more models to ensure it grabs a notable market share in this country. Some of these models included: sDrive35i, xDrive35d, xDrive35i, xDrive50i and xDrive40e which came with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
BMW X5 (F15) – Exterior Design.
In an effort to make X5 a light car, BMW uses aluminum, thermoplastics, magnesium and high-tensile steel in the construction work. The body structure is made of high-tensile while the side panels feature thermoplastics. Magnesium is used in the instrument panel while aluminum in the bonnet. The car is 90 kg lighter than the outgoing model.
Additional exterior features are found in specific production models. There are three production models: BMW Individual Range, BMW X5 M50d and Original BMW Accessories Range.
The BMW X5 M50d has 19-inch double-spoke, light-alloy wheels with mixed tires. The BMW Individual Range gets 20-inch V-spoke, light-alloy wheels with mixed tires. This model also gets a number of paint layers, including Pyrite Brown metallic and Ruby Black metallic. Body colors of the model include Glacier Silver, Imperial Blue and Mineral Silver. Original BMW Accessories Range carries all features of a typical X5 model.
BMW X5 sDrive25d, which is designed for the Australia market, is longer, wider but lower than E70. It is actually 1.0 in longer, 0.2 in wider and 0.6 in lower than this existing model. Wheelbase measures 115.5 inches.
The front side of the F15 model is inspired by the F30 3 Series. This side has a kidney grille, LED headlights and a sturdy bumper. The rear side is not different from the current X Series models. It looks good with redesigned taillights and a prominent bumper. The exterior design work was carried out by the BMW designer Mark Johnson. It was approved in 2010 and put on the production line in 2011.
BMW X5 (F15) – Interior Design.
The major interior highlight in the BMW X5 M50d is an electric power steering. The BMW Individual range has an interior characterized by fine-grain, full Merino leather trim. There are a number of classic color choices in the cabin of this car, including Amaro Brown, Criollo Brown, Sen Light Brown and Piano Finish Black.
Original BMW Accessories range comes with more interior features such as rubber floor mats, luggage compartment mats, seat organizer, ski & snowboard bag and an additional transport bag for ski boots, gloves and helmets. The bags have a shoulder strap, handles and integrated rollers.
Advanced technology is widely used in the interior of the 2014 BMW X5. Seats feature a functional heating and ventilation system. In the driver’s zone, there is a state-of-the-art infotainment system consisting of a larger display screen, navigation system and a powerful audio system. Other tech features include: Bluetooth, Smartphone integration and USB ports.
BMW X5 (F15) – Safety and Security.
BMW X5 M50d has been equipped with an adaptive M suspension consisting of an air suspension and dynamic damper control. There is also an optional dynamic adaptive suspension package that consists of a dynamic drive active-roll stabilization and dynamic performance control.
The base model of BMW X5 (F15) comes with safety features such as traffic jam assistant, driving assistance plus and BMW parking assistant with improved gear shift controls, brake pedal and accelerator. Other features include airbags, seatbelts, lane assist, blind-spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, ABS and rearview camera.
BMW X5 (F15) – Engine and Performance.
Under the hood, there is a 4.4-liter V8 S63B44T2 engine which is capable of generating 575 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. This is the most powerful powertain to feature in an all-wheel drive BMW car. The engine has desirable features such as an M TwinPower-Turbo system and Valvetronic technologies.
There is an M-tuned xDrive system to transmit power to the axles. A dynamic performance control is also available to distribute power to the wheels and thus provide an all-road capability and dynamic driving. The car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds.
The BMW X5 xDrive40e is fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that offers a range of 14 mi. This makes it the first model under the core BMW brand to get this powertrain. This technology is different from the one used in BMW i cars. The production of this model started in April 2015 and the car was released on the market in October 2015.
The combined city/highway fuel consumption of the hybrid car stands at 56 mpg-USA (4.2 liter/100 km, 67 mpg-imp). This is equivalent to 59 kW-hrs/100 mi for a car using an all-electric model. As for the gasoline, X5 is rated at 24 mpg-USA (9.8 liter/100 km, 29 mpg-imp).
BMW X5 (F15) – Competition.
Main rivals of the X5 include: Volvo XC90, Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Lexus GX460.
BMW X5 (F15) – Price and Release Date.
The base price for the F15 model is US$54,700. The most expensive model, xDrive50i, sells at US$71,500. The xDrive40e is priced at US$62,100 plus a discharge charge of US$995. Concerning release date, the 2014 BMW X5 is already available on the market, and there are rumors of the upcoming 2017 model.