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BMW unveils all-new 2019 X5

by Drew Johnson

The BMW X5 is getting bigger and better for 2019.

BMW has unveiled the fourth-generation of its popular X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. The all-new 2019 BMW X5 is scheduled to hit the market this November.

Given the success of the current X5, BMW didn't want to mess with a good thing when it came to the redesigned 2019 model. The all-new model looks similar to the X5 currently on sale, but has a few design twists that make it more modern looking.

Up front that includes a larger version of BMW's signature kidney grille that gives the 2019 X5 a brawnier look. The X5's front bumper has also been reworked to include bigger air inlets. A short front overhang and sculpted hood also contribute to the X5's muscular look.

In profile the X5 retains its classic two-box shape, but the SAV gains slightly hexagonal wheel archers, a few new character lines and a more angular D-pillar for a sportier look. 19-inch wheels come standard, but customers can specify wheels up to 22-inches. Around back the new X5 sports wider and thinner taillights, along with a more sculpted two-section tailgate.

The 2019 X5 rides on a new wheelbase that is 1.6-inches longer than the current model, contributing to a 1.1-inch increase in overall length. The 2019 X5 is also 2.6-inches wider and 1.0-inch taller than the model it replaces.

Inside the 2019 X5 features a classic BMW layout with high-tech components. The new BMW Live Cockpit Professional system uses a 12.3-inch digital cluster display, along with a 12.3-inch center screen that runs the seventh-generation of BMW's iDrive infotainment system. The new iDrive system relies heavily on the cloud, which means you can easily take your preferences from one BMW to another.

Standard luxury features in the new X5 include power-operated and heated front seats, four-zone climate control and ambient lighting. Optional features include cooled and massaging front seats, remote engine start and heated and cooled cup holders. As in years past, you can also equip the 2019 X5 with a third-row of seats.

The 2019 BMW X5 will be offered in two different trim variants — xLine and M Sport. The xLine model is the more luxurious trim option while the M Sport model is intended to enhance the driving experience. Each model has its own styling details, but neither provides changes the X5's suspension or steering setups. You can, however, change the character of the X5 via the standard Dynamic Damper Control system.

But for those seeking either a more comfortable or sportier ride for their X5, there are a couple of options available. An available Adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilization and Integral Active Steering promises to give the X5 improved agility. Integral Active Steering, which steers the back wheels for improved maneuverability, is also available as a standalone option.

An available two-axle air suspension is said to improve the X5's ride comfort. It also gives drivers the ability to raise or lower their vehicle, which aides in off-road clearance and ease of loading.

New for 2019 is an optional Off-Road Package that comes standard with the air ride suspension. Other perks of the Off-Road pack include underbody protection, electronically controlled rear differential lock, unique instrument cluster graphics and special off-road settings for the X5's xDrive all-wheel drive system.

On-road, customers will enjoy standard Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert Rear, and Speed Limit Information. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist and Automatic Lane Change.

All X5 models also include BMW's new Emergency Stop Assistant. Intended to prevent crashes as the result of medical emergencies, the Emergency Stop Assistant is activated by pulling on the car's electronic parking brake, which triggers the vehicle to pull to a stop on the side of the road. The system automatically activates the vehicle's hazard lights and alerts emergency personnel.

And, finally, to make parking lots a little less stressful, the 2019 X5 features a new Back-up Assistant. In a nutshell, the system remembers the exact path you took to pull into a parking spot, and then reverses the vehicle along that same path to get out of the parking spot. The system can remember a path up to 55 yards long.

The 2019 X5 will initially be offered in two model designations — xDrive 40i and xDrive 50i. Both models come exclusively with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The X5 xDrive 40i uses a turbocharged 3.0L inline-six engine rated at 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. BMW says it'll scoot from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 130mph. An optional package raises the xDrive 40i's top end to 150mph.

The X5 xDrive 50i uses an updated version of BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 that belts out 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Despite weighing in at nearly 5,200 pounds, the xDrive 50i can rocket from 0-60 in just 4.6 seconds. Like its six-cylinder counterpart, the xDrive 50i is limited to a top speed of 130mph, but that can be raised to 155mph.

BMW has not released pricing or fuel economy figures for either X5 model.

Like all X5s that came before it, the 2019 X5 will be built at BMW's plant in Spartanburg, SC. Look for the 2019 BMW X5 to go on sale this November.