Traditionally BMW enthusiasts have taken pride in knowing that their cars were rear wheel drive only. Perfect for weight distribution and it focuses the…Read More
The BMW X5 is a mid-size luxury SUV produced by BMW. The first generation of the X5, with the chassis code E53, made its debut in 1999. It was BMW’s first SUV and it also featured all-wheel drive and was available with either manual or automatic transmission. In 2006, the second generation X5 was launched, known internally as the E70, featuring the torque-split capable xDrive all-wheel drive system mated to an automatic transmission, and in 2009 the X5 M performance variant was released as a 2010 model. In 2013 a new model (the F15) followed taking the X5 into more car-like territory in terms of ride and comfort. The G05 followed with a raft of new technology and a larger size.
BMW branded the X5 as a Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) rather than an SUV, to emphasize its on-road ability despite its size. Like the Lexus RX 300, the X5 heralded the shift from light truck-based body-on-frame SUVs to crossovers underpinned by unibody car platforms that would come to fruition in the late 2000s. Among German luxury automakers, while the Mercedes-Benz M-Class had beaten the X5 to the market by a year, the X5 was the first to use a unibody chassis whereas the M-Class used a light truck platform until its second generation. While the Lexus RX is based on the Toyota Camry mass market sedan, the X5 shares its underpinnings with the BMW 5 Series performance luxury sedan.
We are quite fascinated by the magic of car manufacturing and the robotics capabilities behind it. So whenever the BMW Group shares a behind-the-scene…Read More
A year ago we were granted an early drive at what would be BMW’s first plugin hybrid, the X5 xDive40e. Even in prototype form…Read More
2015 is going to be a massive year for BMW. While it won’t see the core M cars or sports car refreshed or introduced,…Read More
The HHTSA has made it harder for cars to score five stars over the years requiring greater safety and thus less risk of injury….Read More
Today BMW takes the wraps off of the ultimate expression of utility and performance. The new X5M and X6M not only look better resolved…Read More
We were beyond impressed by the execution of BMW’s first plugin hybrid – the X5 eDrive – when we drove it earlier this spring….Read More
For years BMW has been carefully honing it’s hybrid technology and offerings. From the first X6 ActiveHybrid (which sold very small numbers) to the…Read More
BMW eDrive meets BMW xDrive – a pioneering combination delivering efficient driving pleasure: The BMW Concept X5 eDrive. Official Release: The new BMW X5…Read More
The all-new BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe as well as the BMW M4 Convertible make their world debuts at the 2014 New York International…Read More
At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, BMW of North America today announced that just four months after the new third-generation BMW X5 arrived in…Read More
BMW of North America, the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), will tune into the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi…Read More
The new X5 has been well received by the automotive press (our review is forthcoming) but has lost some of it’s distinctive visual appeal…Read More
The biggest launch for BMW this year from a numbers stand-point has to be the X5. And as recent new cars go it’s also…Read More