2017 BMW X5

Photos of the upcoming 2017 BMW X5 have been doing rounds on
the internet for quite some time now. Although the model is
under heavy camouflage, we can work out a host of styling cues
from the photos. We expect all-rounded changes including engine
upgrades.  The good thing about the X5 is how well it
balances luxury, versatility and convenience. The X5 is also
quite frugal for a model its size courtesy of its xDrive
intelligent AWD technology as well as the EfficientDynamics
eDrive.

While most SUVs actually emphasize on utility at the expense of
the ‘sport’ aspect, this is not the case with the X5 as it
manages to combine both aspects seamlessly. This makes the SUV
family friendly while still offering a dynamic driving
experience. Read along to find out more about this SUV:

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2017 BMW X5 Exterior

Although the vehicle we captured doing testing was heavily
camouflaged, it is instantly recognizable as a BMW.  Its
front end is characterized by the signature radiator grille
synonymous with BMW. The grille is flanked by compact
headlights that feature a ring of LEDs. Chrome is used
extensively on the front fascia. The front fender has been
redesigned to look more aerodynamic. The new front fascia looks
bolder and sportier.

Moving over to the flanks, the model features huge wheel arches
which hint at 20- to 22-inch wheels although the model is
normally offered in 18- to 20-inch wheels. Most of the side
profile was hidden meaning the model will receive a host of new
updates.

The rear, on the other hand looks to have borrowed styling cues
from the X3 as its
tailgate and fender looks similar to those of the X3. The
model’s sporty exhaust tips and taillights also look similar to
those of the X3. Overall, the model looks sporty and
aggressive.

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2017 BMW X5 Interior

Little is known about the 2017 BMW X5 interior as of this
writing. However, I expect the cabin to be carried over largely
unchanged from the outgoing model.  The SUV will
accommodate 5 passengers spread across two rows. The rear seats
will be highly adjustable to ensure rear passengers remain
comfortable even during long trips. Buyers with large families
can opt for a third row of seats which is suitable for
children. The model will have better storage compartments on
the doors to carry larger drinks. In terms of cargo space, the
SUV offers 650 liters when the rear seats are up. The space
expands to 1,870 liters upon folding the rear seats.

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As you would expect of BMW, the SUV will be adequately
equipped.  Standard features will include a 10.2-inch
touch-screen infotainment system, a multifunctional steering
wheel, a rear camera, a dual-zone climate control system, a HUD
display and a powerful 13-speaker audio system. The model will
also feature various driving aids such as parking assist, lane
change assist, blind spot monitoring and front collision
mitigation with emergency brake assist among others.

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Engine Specs and performance

The X5 will be offered in a number of engines. The first mill
on the base X5 sDrive35i models will be a 3.0 L, inline-6 which
is good for 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.  This engine
will power the SUV to make a 0-60 mph run in 6.0 seconds which
is pretty impressive for the base model.  The X5 will also
be offered with a hybrid drive-train (X5 xDrive40e). The setup
will pair the xDrive40e electric motor with a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder
engine which will produce 308 horses.

For more power, buyers can opt for the Xdrive50i’s 4.4 L
turbocharged V-8. This mill pumps out a whopping 445 horses,
which powers the SUV to 60 mph from standstill in 4.7 seconds.
However, this will not be the most powerful engine in the
lineup. That crown goes to the X5 M. This model adds another
turbocharger to the already impressive 4.4 L mill to bump power
output to 567 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the X5 M
gets various performance upgrades.

All engines will be paired with an 8-speed automatic
transmission system. All models will manage to return around 20
mpg on combined drives. It is not clear whether a turbo-diesel
mill will be offered in the North American market. We will
update you as soon as new information on the model becomes
available.

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Price and release date

BMW is yet to release details of the 2017 BMW X5 prices or
release date. However, according to rumor mills, the base X5
sDrive35i will have a starting price of around $54,000 while
the top-of-the range Xdrive50i will attract a price tag of
around $70,000.

The performance-tuned X5 M will start from around $100,000. The
X5 is expected to be showcased at an international auto show in
December or early next year before being delivered to
dealerships later next year.

Competition

Top rivals of the X5 are the
Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR and the
Mercedes-AMG GLE63.