The upcoming 2018 BMW X5 may not look very different from the existing model, but it will have refinements inside. It was quite some years back when BMW made a foray into SUV sector with its X5. That was 2000 when the segment was in a nascent phase. In the subsequent years, more players have entered the segment and now the competition is cut throat. To stave off competition from Japanese and Korean rivals, BMW is preparing the X5 for a grand makeover.
2018 BMW X5 – Design
The 2018 BMW X5 prototype has been seen testing at various locations and spy shots are now available online. Some exterior design changes are there but they cannot be called drastic. The well known dual kidney bean grille sits at the front. It is modeled on the company’s CLAR architecture. This platform mixes aluminum with high-strength steel. There will be a fair amount of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic which helps in weight reduction. The trims are – Luxury, M Sport and top end xLine. The available models are xDrive35i, sDrive35i, xDrive35d, X5M, xDrive50i and xDrive40e.
The cabin is expected to be lavish and plenty of soft-touch leather and other materials will be inside. There could be several upholstery choices and BMW may also use top noise insulation technologies. Cargo space is decent but rivals edge ahead. The seats are comfortable and large. As usual, there are plenty of storage cubicles in its cabin. BMW may make use of advanced technology to reduce cabin noise.
2018 BMW X5 – Whole Power Unit
The 2018 BMW X5 may have new and enhanced powertrains or existing engines may be used with some refinements. The two engines capacity of 3.0-liter turbocharged with 300 and 225 hp. The X5 xDrive50i and X5 M may get a beefier 4.4-liter V8, 50i will produce 445 hp and X5 M 567 hp. It will also offer a model with a hybrid drive with an engine of 2.0-liter that will generate 308 hp. The new engines may also offer better fuel economy. Ride quality is expected to be top class.
2018 BMW X5 – Features and Technology
When you buy a BMW model, you would not like to compromise either on safety or amenities. The BMW X5 2018 will not make you disappointed. There are plenty of safety and infotainment features embedded.
The list of safety features is quite impressive. The X5 comes with standard safety features like airbags, stability control, as well as parking assistants. Entry levels trims, however, do not get a rearview camera. There is an optional surround-view camera system. You can opt for the Parking Assistant suite of safety features too. BMW also offers its assistance plans.
There is a standard nine-speaker sound system. However, audiophiles can replace it with a Harman Kardon system with 9 speaker units. A Bang & Olufsen sound setup can also be fitted if you are willing to pay extra! The rear seats can be equipped with entertainment screens. The 10.2-inch iDrive display is a joy to use. Smartphone connectivity in the 2017 model is nice and in the upcoming model, it is set to get even better.
Entry-level trim gets 19-inch wheels, wood trim, new adaptive xenon headlights, panoramic moonroof, navigation, rain-sensing wipers. In the plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive40e, you get adjustable dampers and battery-saving features. The V8 powered X5 xDrive50i gets leather upholstery, keyless ignition as standard features. There are several packages and stand-alone options for the 2018 X5. A base X5 can be equipped with packs and options that may cost $30,000 extra!
2018 BMW X5 – Price and Availability
The base trim of 2018 BMW X5 starts at $56,500. The plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive40e may cost upwards of $63,000. Top end X5 xDrive50i costs $73,000. The model will be made available for sale in late 2017, as per industry updates.
Overall, BMW has enhanced the 2018 BMW X5 in several ways. Exterior changes may not be huge but the benefits of CLAR architecture will be reflected in real world usage scenario. The cabin is well designed with enough storage options and comfortable seats. Cargo space, however, is where rivals get an edge. The technology and safety features in X5 are superb and you will be hard pressed to find fault. The engine details are not clear but they are going to be better than existing ones. It will still face some competition from rivals like Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti QX70, both of which offer great value for the price tag.