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It wasn’t just long ago that we saw a rendering of it, but no more speculation is needed on what it looks like, because the first details and photos of the 2014 BMW X5 have come about – the third-generation F15 is slated to go on sale starting from November, after its public debut, presumably in Frankfurt.

Dimensions-wise, the F15 sits on the same 2,933 mm-long wheelbase as the current E70, but is slightly longer at 4,886 mm (E70, 4,854 mm). It’s also marginally wider at 1,938 mm (E70, 1,933 mm) and lower at 1,762 mm (1,776 mm).

The new car also features more usable cabin space. Interior width for the front occupants has been increased from 1,551 mm in the current second-gen to 1,562 mm, while the rear is essentially unchanged. There’s also a marginal increase in distance between seat height to the interior roofline. Weight is down too, with the help of extensive use of ultra-high-tensile steels in the body structure, an aluminium bonnet and magnesium instrument panel support as well as thermoplastic side panels.

The company says that the F15 is an evolutionary development of body design from the E70; it’s certainly softer-looking – and shapelier – than the outgoing vehicle. Cues on the silhouette are an eye-catching swage line over the wheel arches and plenty of horizontal lines and taut surfaces at the rear, as well as design elements for the Air Curtains and Air Breathers, which make their debut on a BMW X model.

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The usual variety of engine models abound, paired to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, with the option of two- or four-wheel drive (sDrive and xDrive) configurations. At point of launch, the range will be made up of three variants, the X5 xDrive50i, xDrive30d and M50d. A month later, the X5 xDrive40d, xDrive35i, xDrive25d and sDrive25d models will join the lineup, making it seven derivatives.

Power output is up by 10% in the xDrive50i’s 4.4 litre TwinPower Turbo V8, the unit now making 450 PS at 5,500 rpm, and torque is up by 50 Nm, to 650 Nm at 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. Fuel consumption is down by 20%, and CO2 emissions have been cut by 50g/km compared to now. Performance specs include a 0–100 km/h time of 5.0 seconds and a 250 km/h top speed.

As for the X5 xDrive30d, the revised six-cylinder in-line diesel unit offers a power and torque increase of 13 PS and 20 Nm respectively, while being 19% more fuel efficient at that. Output numbers are now 258 PS at 4,000 rpm and 560 Nm at 1,500 to 3,000 rpm. It’s good to give the model a 0–100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds and a 230 km/h top speed.

The M50d M Performance variant is powered by a tri-turbo six-cylinder 3.0 litre diesel offering 381 PS at 4,000 to 4,400 rpm and 740 Nm of torque at 2,000 to 3,000 rpm, and it does the sprint to 100 km/h from standstill in 5.3 seconds, going up to 250 km/h.

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When it arrives in December, the 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine will be new to the X5, and it will feature in the sole two-wheel drive model, the sDrive25d, as well as the xDrive25d.

There’s a raft of EfficientDynamics features, as expected – the X5 will come with ECO PRO, Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand use of auxiliary units, electric power steering and low rolling resistance tyres as standard fitment. Ditto ConnectedDrive, of course.

Elsewhere, driver assistance features such as DSC, DTC, CBC, Dynamic Brake Control and an Automatic Differential Brake are to be found, and Brake Assist, Brake Standby, Hill-Start Assistant, Brake Fade compensation, Brake Drying and HDC – on xDrive versions – also come as standard. The xDrive system has also been revised, and is now 1.4 kg lighter.

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Buyers will have a choice of four suspension packages – Adaptive Comfort suspension, Adaptive M suspension, Adaptive Dynamic suspension and Adaptive Professional suspension – to pick from. All versions will be equipped with electronic power-assisted steering, with Active Steering available as an option for the X5 xDrive30d and xDrive50i.

The interior features newly-designed front seats, with the option of comfort or sport seats, and the third-row seats can be lowered into the floor individually. The folding backrest in the middle row is now split 40:20:40, and cargo space volume is 650 litres, going to 1,870 litres with rear seats folded, an increase of 30 and 120 litres respectively.

Also to be found, a 10.2 inch free-standing Control Display screen linked to the new iDrive Touch Controller operating system, and black-panel tech for the climate control and ventilation displays.

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There’s also new scope for individualisation – besides the usual SE and M Sport packages, two new design packages called Design Pure Experience and Design Pure Excellence means that exterior and interior features can be ordered in almost any combination.

The Design Pure Experience package includes a mix of brushed stainless steel and high-gloss black exterior elements, and the interior can be had with Nappa leather with contrast stitching in dark Mocha and Black, black leather on the instrument panel/upper arm trims with Nut Brown contrast stitching, topped up with Fineline Pure textured wood trim.

As for the Design Pure Excellence kit, the underbody protection and wheel arch surrounds go with the body colour, with gloss black and chrome bits peppering the exterior. The Nappa leather interior features extensive areas in Ivory White with contrast stitching, American Oak interior trim and Atlas Grey leather instrument panel and door panel coverings. All sounds rather heady, doesn’t it?


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