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The BMW X5 large SUV has entered its fourth-generation, with significantly bigger dimensions, upgraded mechanicals and fresh technology ahead of its Australian arrival before year's end.
The latest luxo hauler will make its public debut at the Paris motor show in September, when BMW will showcase its updated-yet-unmistakably-X5 exterior design and latest interior features from the Bavarian marque.
While the 2019 BMW X5 doesn't share any exterior metal with its predecessor, the styling changes appear minor at a glance, headlined by the new-look, larger kidney-grille previously adopted by its smaller X siblings.
The latest evolution also has new LED headlights, while M Sport and xLine body kits as well as larger wheel options will be available.
Produced again at the German carmaker's Spartanburg factory in South Carolina (USA), the new X5 sports features previously unseen on a BMW SUV, such as two-axle air suspension and four-wheel steering. The latter is said to aid both high-speed stability and low-speed manoeuvrability.
The new suspension automatically self-levels while also giving up to 80mm of ride height adjustment to suit on and off-road applications.
Another first for the new X5 is an optional off-road package that includes underbody protection, the aforementioned air suspension, four-mode terrain select and a locking rear differential.
The vehicle is also taller by 19mm at 1745mm, longer by 36mm at 4922mm and wider by 66mm at 2004mm. The wheelbase has been increased by 42mm, to 2975mm, to give the new X5 increased door apertures, while overhangs have been reduced.
Despite the dimensional changes, boot capacity remains at 645 litres, expanding to 1860L with the rear seats folded. As before, a third-row option will be available (for those who mightn't be able to stretch the budget to the upcoming X7 model).
On the inside, the X5 has BMW's Live Cockpit Professional system with two 12.3-inch digital displays working with the latest iDrive infotainment system.
Other interior highlights include a larger head-up display, leather upholstery, an available 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins 3D surround sound system, cooled and heated cupholders, ambient lighting and four-zone climate control.
Four turbocharged powertrain options are expected to be available in Australia from launch. These are two petrol and two diesel – a petrol 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre in-line six, petrol 340kW/650Nm 4.4-litre V8, diesel 195kW/620Nm inline-six and diesel 294kW/760Nm quad-turbo 3.0-litre six.
All powertrains are combined with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, mated to BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Mild-hybrid and rear-wheel-drive variants are expected to join the range sometime in 2019.
Precise Australian pricing and specifications for the new BMW X5 will be confirmed closer its launch towards the end of 2018.