2019 BMW X5

WHEN it hits the Australian market in November, the 2019 BMW X5 will come in two models, the xDrive30d and M Performance-powered M50d, and for the first time, with an optional xOffRoad suspension package.

The fourth generation X5 features a bolder front end design and modernised kidney grille that hides a new air flap system which opens and closes independently, depending on the cooling system’s requirements.

New lights feature too on the high end models, with the latest generation BMW laser headlight standard on the M50d, portraying a brilliant blue light in an ‘X’ pattern; a modern interpretation of the traditional lighting array.

At the rear, a three-dimensional, full LED lighting structure accentuates the strong character lines of the new BMW X5, while trapezoidal exhaust finishers further strengthen the rear design.

A new Panorama glass sunroof is fitted as standard across the range and has 30 per cent more glass area than the previous model, allowing more light into the cabin. Optionally, owners can equip the X5 with Sky Lounge, which adds ambient LED lighting.

Inside, the 2019 BMW X5 introduces a new interior design that features the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which uses two 12.3-inch high-resolution colour displays – one for the digital instrument cluster, the other as a ‘Control Display’.

This gives the appearance of merging everything into a single unit, with the entire system controllable via its touchscreen capability, the familiar iDrive Touch Controller, via natural voice control or with BMW’s Gesture Control.

A third-generation of BMW’s Head-Up Display integrates with Live Cockpit Professional to provide all the information a driver requires, allowing you to it back in your electrically adjustable sports seats, which have been redesigned to improve comfort.

A ‘Travel & Comfort’ system introduces 2 x USB connections in the front-row seat backrests, taking the total USB connections to four. Additionally, second row occupants now have more leg and head room.

The rear tailgate also splits into two sections, with each segment electronically actuated for the first time, easing access and aiding practicality. Luggage capacity is 645 litres, expanding to 1,860 litres with the second-row seats folded flat.

Adding to the overall driving experience is a range of optional suspension systems, including air suspension on the xDrive30d and M50d, while the former also has an exclusive electronically-controlled off road package available.

The X5 comes in eight colours, including Sunstone Metallic from the BMW Individual collection, with five interior trim choices and Vernasca leather colours as standard. Eight wheel choice are available (from 19 to 21-inch), with two 22-inch options on the M50d.

The 2019 BMW X5 xDrive30d will hit the road from $112,990 plus on-roads, while the M50d M Performance model is priced from $149,900, again plus on-roads.

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