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BMW X5 2019 pricing and specs confirmed

A new multimedia system and a quad-turbocharged M50d steal all the headlines in the new X5.

BMW has thrown high tech and sheer grunt at its fourth-generation X5, with it ready to enter showrooms in November in a crisp body that is marginally bigger but more feature-rich than its predecessor’s.

The X5 starts with the xDrive30d - the most popular variant in the outgoing model - and the performance-focused M50d that comes with four turbochargers and a new adaptive suspension system.

BMW Australia has said the xDrive30d will be priced from $112,990 plus on-road costs - the same price as the outgoing model - while the M50d will be $149,900 plus costs, an increase of $4910. 

All X5 buyers will also get the latest BMW multimedia with Operating System 7.0 and its 'Live Cockpit Professional' set-up that uses two 12.3-inch displays - one for the instrument clusters and the other for all other functions.

Dashboard features also extend to the third-generation head-up display that is integrated with Live Cockpit Professional.

Cabin design has taken a step up with a new design language that features standard sports seats that have a longer backrest and improved bolstering. They are finished in 'Vernasca' leather as standard and 'Merino' leather as an option. All front seats have electric adjustment and memory functions.

The latest X5 body is 36mm longer, 66mm wider and 19mm higher and sits on a wheelbase that - to benefit rear seat space - has been lengthened by 42mm over its predecessor.

Dashboard features also extend to the third-generation head-up display that is integrated with Live Cockpit Professional. Dashboard features also extend to the third-generation head-up display that is integrated with Live Cockpit Professional.

All body panels are new, as is the bolder 'kidney grille' complete with an air flap to improve cooling or aerodynamics, depending on engine requirements.

Standard lights on the M50d are BMW’s latest laser headlights which have a blue light in an X pattern. LED lights are also used at the rear.

All X5s now come standard with a glass panoramic roof, which has 30 per cent more area that previously. An option is the Sky Lounge that has 15,000 LED lights.

Carry-over features are the horizontally-split tailgate, but for the new model these are individually powered by electric motors to improve practicality when loading. Boot space is up, now 645L with the rear seats in place and 1860L when folded flat.

Alloy wheel selections start at 20-inch 'V-spoke' units for the xDrive30d, with options including a 21-inch design. Buyers who want higher-profile tyres for increased comfort or off-road work can select 19-inch wheels at no additional cost.

The M50d has 22-inch alloys in different designs as standard. These are also available as an option for the xDrive30d.

  • Carry-over features include the horizontally-split tailgate. Carry-over features include the horizontally-split tailgate.
  • The latest X5 body is 36mm longer, 66mm wider and 19mm higher. The latest X5 body is 36mm longer, 66mm wider and 19mm higher.
  • The new body panels are complete with an air flap to improve cooling or aerodynamics, depending on engine requirements. The new body panels are complete with an air flap to improve cooling or aerodynamics, depending on engine requirements.

Drivetrains for the new generation have been improved, with the xDrive30d now delivering 195kW/620Nm for a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds. BMW Australia is yet to release fuel consumption and emission data. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with constant all-wheel drive.

This model also has steel suspension as standard and air as an option. The steel system has double wishbones at the front and a five-link layout at the rear and has active damper control that can be adjusted between 'Comfort' and 'Sport' modes.

The optional 'M Sport Package' - standard on the M50d - has a more dynamic damper setting.

There is also an adaptive air suspension package optional on both the xDrive30d and M50d that has a self-levelling ride and five different ride heights that deviate 40mm up or down from the standard height.

The rear of the X5 can also be lowered independently of the front by a tailgate-mounted button. This aids tow hitching or loading the boot.

BMW’s new 'xOffroad Package' - a first for the range - is available only on the xDrive30d and combines the air suspension with an electronically-controlled rear differential and underbody aluminium bash plates.

The package allows the driver to access four specific modes - 'xSand', 'xRocks', 'xGravel' and 'xSnow' - that change the ride height, xDrive drive to each axle, and modulation for steering, accelerator, transmission and electronic stability control.

It also shows off-road information on the dashboard screen, including tilt angle, height setting and off-road mode selection, while there is a 360-degree camera to give an accurate view of the surroundings.

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