G05 BMW X5 – fourth-gen big SUV officially revealed

G05 BMW X5 – fourth-gen big SUV officially revealed

The SUV that started it all almost 20 years ago has entered the fourth generation, after over 2.2 million units sold. This is the 2019 BMW X5, codenamed G05. The X family patriarch is once again made in USA and its market launch is in November this year.

The X5 has grown from the F15 generation that debut in 2013. Length is up by 36 mm to 4,922 mm, width by 66 mm to 2,004 mm and height by 19 mm to 1,745 mm. The wheelbase has been extended by 42 mm to 2,975 mm.

But more striking is the new looks, which is immediately recognisable as an X5, but differs enough to not be confused as a facelift. Combine the previous-gen X5 with the G01 X3 that was launched mid last year and you’ll pretty much arrive at the G05, except for one area – the back, which reminds me of Audi, or even Korean SUVs. Nothing derogatory there, just not very BMW perhaps. Note the character line that rises up at the rear doors – that’s new.

G05 BMW X5 – fourth-gen big SUV officially revealed

Up front, the new X5 gets an enlarged kidney grille with single-piece surrounds, which dominates proceedings. The X5 comes standard with Adaptive LED headlights, while BMW Laserlights are available as an option. The latter features blue x-shaped elements, which split up the hexagonal light sources inside the familiar twin headlights. Speaking of lights, the “third eye” independent fog lamp is no more, just like on the latest X3. Gone for good, it seems.

The X5 will be available in two lines, xLine and the M Sport you see here. The standard xLine model comes with kidney grill bars finished in matte aluminium, underbody protection, roof rails and side window surrounds in satin aluminium, plus other accents in pearl-effect chrome, to accentuate the SUV’s off-road character.

M Sport sees trim on the wheel arches, bumper, rear underbody protection and side skirts painted in body colour. The sportier option also gets high-gloss black for the window surrounds and roof rails.

G05 BMW X5 – fourth-gen big SUV officially revealed

The standard rim size is 19 inches in diameter, with M Sport bringing 20-inch twin-spoke wheels to the party. The G05 is the first BMW model to be available with 22-inch wheels, which can be had in M or BMW Individual flavours.

There will be four engine variants at launch – a V8 petrol engine for the X5 xDrive50i (not available in Europe), a six-cylinder petrol in the X5 xDrive40i and two six-pot diesels in the X5 M50d and the X5 xDrive30d. All the turbo engines feature the latest exhaust gas treatment tech, including a gasoline particulate filter or SCR catalyst, and meet the EU6d-Temp standard. An eight-speed Steptronic auto is standard.

Fundamentally upgraded from crankcase to engine management, the 4.4 litre V8 serves up “an intoxicating blend of prodigious power delivery and signature V8 soundtrack,” Munich claims. The turbochargers’ position in the ‘V’ between the banks of cylinders is one of the standout features, along with newly designed heat plates and a new ignition system that allows the engine to be restarted smoother and faster in auto start stop mode. With 462 hp and 650 Nm from 1,500 to 4,750 rpm, the X5 xDrive50i is good for 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.

G05 BMW X5 – fourth-gen big SUV officially revealed

The X5 xDrive40i’s 3.0 litre six-pot generates 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm. It does the century sprint in 5.5 seconds, which is still plenty fast.

The xDrive AWD system gets a more efficient control system and rear-wheel bias as standard. A differential lock at rear axle provides noticeably enhanced agility, traction and directional stability when accelerating out of corners and in other dynamic driving situations, BMW says.

The G05 X5 is the first BMW X model with an optional Off-Road package. It consists of two-axle air suspension, underguards at both ends, plus specific displays in the instrument cluster and control display. A choice of four driving modes are available at the touch of a button – ride height and the responses of xDrive, DSC, the transmission and accelerator are adjusted to give an optimum set-up for driving on sand, rock, gravel or snow.

Dynamic Damper Control is standard, and new chassis systems available for the first time in a BMW X model include two-axle air suspension (offering ride height adjustment of up to 80 mm), Integral Active Steering and Adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilisation.

The much improved and simplified dashboard sees the debut of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional display and control concept (standard fit). The iDrive operating system is linked to a fully digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch Control Display that can be operated by the controller, voice control or gesture control. The head-up display here is larger (now 7 x 3.5 inch), with optimised graphics and additional display content.

Available creature comforts include seats with massage function, four-zone climate control, heated armrests, cooled/heated cupholders, panorama glass roof (23% larger glass surface), Ambient Air package for interior fragrancing, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, rear-seat entertainment with 10.2-inch touchscreen display and new glass applications (optional) for the transmission selector, iDrive controller, start/stop button and audio control knob.

Wireless charging, BMW Display Key, updated ambient lighting with Welcome Light Carpet and Dynamic Interior Light with pulsating illumination in the instrument panel (when receiving incoming phone calls) and in the door panel and opener (when the door is opened with the engine running) are also available. Also possible are “over the air” software upgrades and integration of Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business.

For driver assistance systems, it’s a complete suite. There’s Driving Assistant Professional with further developed Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, side collision protection, evasion aid, Crossing traffic warning, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning. Emergency Stop Assistant – which brakes the vehicle automatically if required, and steers it to the side of the road – is available for the first time.

The X5 can be had as a five-seater or with two extra seats to make it seven, with electrically forward-tilting second-row seats. Optional Comfort Access allows for hands-free opening and closing of both sections of the two-piece split tailgate, and thees’s also a neat powered cargo cover that stows itself under the boot floor. Boot capacity can be increased from 645 litres to 1,860 litres with seats folded.

Impressive tech, but what do you think of the new X5’s looks?

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • The design is very beautiful and functional!! I must say the looks will grow on you on many years to come and others will soon copy it…

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    • All are old design, no go

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    • Mr Malaysia on Jun 06, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Honestly it looks dated already. Better wait for the Geely Boyue

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      • Ravi Kumar Singaram on Oct 31, 2018 at 9:50 pm

        Boyue? Is it even in the same category in the first place

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    • Handsome on Jun 06, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      It’s already being copied, by Ford on Ford S-Max rear. Bout the front.. typical BMW, what’s the stands out?

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    • Kenny on Jun 06, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      I’m fully agreed that it looks extremely good and pretty confident that this X5 will be very well sought after for those who can afford.

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  • (Like) Volvo XC90.
    (Dislike) BMW X5

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    • Osaka boy on Jun 07, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Please compare Volvo with peugeot, Alfa and Citroen. They are same categort

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  • Rear lights looks like it came from a Ford Mondeo. Either way, its still quite nice. Bring in the hybrid/PHEV version and it will sell like hot cakes.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Jun 06, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    So this interior design is the new BMW language so to speak. The upcoming 8er and 3er has a simar layout also and immediately makes the recently launched X3 and 5ee feel dated. I personally do not like their interior design and the exterior rear design is too Korean like. The newly launched Audi A6 has a better interior design me thinks.

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    • O&G Engr on Jun 06, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Many Audi & BMW owners change to Benz models.

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    • I know right! on Jun 06, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Tacky to the max.

      What’s with the multiple theme in the airvents and the control stack in the center expecially the area near the start/stop button. Where are those theme used elsewhere? This Calvin guy is bad news for BMW. Good news if you always wanted BMW to look like Hyundai or Kia. He’s just putting stuff in where-ever there empty space.

      Audi bold lines and design language trumps BMW now, not a fan of the multiple display screens for all the control though. Look at the new Q8. The old X5 looks great, the new one not so much.

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  • arowana on Jun 06, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    wow the rear design.. kudos to KIA for the originality!

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  • Afeeq Hasan the MalaysianAmericano on Jun 06, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Have to say it didn’t have a good impression onto me at first, but now….I like it.

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  • As usual when this car arrives in Malaysia, BMW Malaysia will strip it to the bone, offering tin kosong for premium price.

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  • Waltlai on Jun 06, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    What happened to the cd player?

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  • turborider on Jun 06, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I think they should separate the grill instead for SAV, stick together just make it look like a “big sun glass” mount in front. See all their previous SAV designs which headlamp connected to grill, now new design separated from grill liao.

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  • My god. That big nostril…

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  • is it better to get the current x5? The hybrid incentive makes the current x5 price very attractive.

    This new model without hybrid incentive will be at the 600k price range. Hybrid version ? Not sure when it will come and whether it will get tax incentive

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  • this is not gonna be reliable..

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  • falcon on Mar 09, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Hie everyone!! Anyone can help to share info on when the G05 will be launched in Malaysia? Is it going to be hybrid model? Price Tag ? Thank you for sharing guys

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