As reported last week, the F15 BMW X5 has just been launched here in Malaysia. There isn’t much of the third-generation BMW SUV that we haven’t covered already – we’ve already detailed out all the changes and told you what it’s like to drive – so the final local specs are what is left to find out.
BMW Malaysia left no surprises in the variants chosen for our market, renewing the diesel xDrive30d and petrol xDrive35i models as per the outgoing E70 X5. Both weigh North of two tonnes, but you won’t be asking for more performance with either turbocharged model, that’s for sure.
The cheaper xDrive30d gets an updated 3.0 litre in-line six turbodiesel unit, boasting increased power and torque figures, yet significantly improved efficiency than the unit it replaces. The figures are 258 hp and 560 Nm (up 13 hp and 20 Nm), enough to get to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and on to 230 km/h.
For those with a higher speed requirement, the X5 xDrive35i offers a 3.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine with 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque, offering hot-hatch-beating performance figures – 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, 250 km/h top speed. That’s actually less power and torque than the run-out X5 Performance Edition that had 315 hp and 450 Nm, but the new one is still 0.1 second quicker to 100 km/h.
Despite their performance claims, the X5 pair returns more than decent fuel economy. The xDrive30d model, in particular, averages a remarkable 6.2 litres per 100 km (16.2 km/l), which is a 19% improvement compared to the previous model. The quicker xDrive35i does 8.5 litres per 100 km (11.8 km/l), again bettering the old one’s 10.1 litres per 100 km (9.9 km/l) claim.
Both models send their power down through a standard eight-speed ZF automatic transmission (with the latest ECO PRO ‘sailing’ function) and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. New to the X5 is the Adaptive Comfort Suspension Package (dynamic self-levelling rear air suspension), but it’s limited to the petrol variant only, while the diesel rides on a fixed suspension with springs all around.
The performance won’t be the only difference between the two models, as you can tell them apart from their distinctive appearances too. Touted as the more upscale variant, the X5 xDrive35i is dressed up in what BMW calls the Design Pure Experience scheme, which adds a brushed stainless steel underbody plate, unique front intake elements and Matte Silver kidney grille slats, rear trim strip and roof rails.
In the X5 xDrive30d, those trim pieces are in plain black. Large 19-inch wheels are standard on both models (different designs), as are Adaptive LED headlights, LED foglamps and BMW Individual Exterior Line in Satin Aluminium. Also part of the do are Air Curtains, Air Breathers and Aeroblades, which contribute to the new X5’s low drag coefficiency of 0.31.
Inside, the differences are even more noticeable, none more so that the xDrive30d’s lack of third-row seats. The seven-seat xDrive35i now features a tilt-forward middle row for better access to the back row, of which can be folded down into the floor.
The boot (accessed through a powered two-part tailgate) is much bigger now, at 650 litres with the second-row seats up, and 1,870 litres down (increases of 30 and 120 litres respectively). BMW quotes best-in-class interior versatility and spaciousness, which is fair, compared to the Mercedes-Benz ML and Infiniti QX70 (ex-FX).
Seats aside, the petrol variant is further differentiated by the use of Fine-wood American Oak dashboard trim pieces, instead of the diesel’s Oxide Silver Dark Matte finishers. Paddle shifters and a full-colour Head-Up Display are also exclusive to the more expensive model, while LED interior lighting, four-zone climate control, BMW HiFi system Professional and Surround View Camera system are standard across the range.
So how much do you have to pay for the new F15 BMW X5? Quite a bit, actually – RM558,800 (without insurance) if you’re looking at the xDrive30d, or RM 598,800 for the much better-specced xDrive35i. Want to know if the F15 BMW X5 is worth that much? Read our comprehensive review to find out.
BMW X5 xDrive35i
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