We drove it, we liked it.
Fresh off its media launch late last month, the all-new 2019 BMW X5 made its first public appearance on the show floor of the 2019 Paris Motor Show.
For BMW, the X5 was the SUV that kicked it all off nearly 20 years ago and has been a large part of BMW’s excellent sales performance throughout the millennium. Known as the G05, the new X5 is a large step forward for the brand’s flagship four-wheeler. It’s grown slightly larger, it’s gotten more luxurious, and adds a host of new tech features which we already had the chance to sample in and around Atlanta, Georgia.
If you’re looking for numbers, the X5 accounted for 180,000 of BMW’s two million global sales last year, which is good for nearly ten percent of the brand’s volume. Seriously, BMW has sold more than 2.2 million X5s since its introduction. Eventually, the G05 X5 will spawn a new BMW X6 which is essentially just an X5 with the roof chopped like an old-school lead sled.
The new model isn’t cheap either. In the US, the base xDrive40i starts at $61,195 and offers 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque from its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six which is routed through an eight-speed automatic. Americans are also treated to a special xDrive50i trim level which offers 462 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque from a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, but that will set you back $76,745 before you even dip into the option list.
Eventually, BMW also plans to add a plug-in hybrid version, dubbed the xDrive45e iPerformance, which will use a pair of electric motors working in tandem with one of BMW's inline sixes in order to offer 394 hp, 442 lb-ft of torque and 50 miles of electric range. Look for new X5 models to begin appearing in local showrooms shortly.