BMW’s X5 Sports Activity Vehicles have been improved for 2004 by adding new engines, a new driver-oriented all-wheel-drive system (xDrive) and a striking new look.
The V8-powered 4.4i gains a new 235kW engine, while the 3.0d turbo-diesel model is enhanced by a second-generation, common-rail fuel injection system to provide a giant hike in power and torque. The 150kW 3.0L six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine produces V8-style torque. All six-cylinder models have gained six-speed manual transmissions while the V8 and turbo-diesel 3.0d gain a new six-speed ZF automatic Steptronic transmission.
Arriving in Australia mid-year is the X5 4.8is, which features a new 4.8L, 265kW V8 engine capable of rocketing the X5 to 100km/h in about six seconds – thanks to a modified inlet and exhaust system and a new engine management program.
The new intelligent, infinitely variable xDrive all-wheel-drive transmission system puts the driver in control in all conditions thanks to excellent driving dynamics and traction. Able to provide up to 100% of the drive to the rear or vary the torque between axles means the potential for understeer and oversteer can be prevented and secure traction maintained during fast cornering.
In addition to the new mechanical hardware, all V8-powered models adopt Adaptive Headlights, combined with more powerful Bi-Xenon lamps, which allow drivers to see around corners. All models gain a revision to the front-end metalwork as well as new style headlamps and new bumpers and air dams. At the rear, new-look tail lights are complemented by a soft-close function for the upper portion of the tailgate, while the new rain sensor is coupled to automatic headlight control.
The new X5 also benefits from an innovative trailer stabilisation feature linked to the Dynamic Stability Control system, which detects swaying and then applies the brakes to ensure vehicle stability. Standard active safety features on all models include Automatic Stability Control and Traction, Dynamic Stability Control, Anti-Lock Brakes, Dynamic Brake Control, Automatic Differential Brake, Hill Descent Control, and Corner Brake Control. Prices start from around $81,400 for the 3.0i.
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