By David Thomas on August 8, 2006
Minutes ago, BMW revealed the redesigned X5 SUV. As you can see, the company didn't mess with design too much. The more aggressive look still closely resembles the original X5, and there’s certainly nothing glaringly unattractive about the 2007.
Usually we don’t believe press release hype, but the X5 was a trailblazer in bringing luxury SUVs to the American consciousness, and this version should reinvigorate sales.
What’s new? The two engine choices are now a base 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder that produces 260 hp versus the current model’s 225 hp. There will also be only one available V-8 option, a 4.8-liter that produces 350 hp. The current 4.8 pumps out 355 hp, but we’re guessing the new figure will increase in the future.
The new X5 is also 7.4 inches longer than the previous model. This allows for an optional third row of seats — now a must in this SUV segment. There is also a rollover mitigation system and electronic damping control.
There’s also a new data transfer system called FlexRay, but information on its actual uses is light. We’re guessing it’s basically a way to put data onto a hard drive, including music files. We’ll update you when more information is released.
Other gadgets include a rearview camera for safely backing up. It also displays interactive lines on the screen to aid in tricky parking situations. Besides xenon headlights that turn in conjunction with the car, the fog lights also turn. We’re not sure how useful that will be, but it will be one of those things owners can impress friends with.
We’re currently looking into an on-sale date and pricing for the 2007 X5, but The 2007 X5 should be reaching dealers by late November this year. No prices have been released as of yet but expect them to be incrementally higher than current models.
Fold flat third row
Rear DVD system
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David