What’s new about the New BMW X5 ? Pretty well everything. Only the engines and transmissions are old friends, though they’ve had a going-over. The New BMW X5, like the X3 and X4, has switched onto BMW’s modular longitudinal platform.
On the top, we find more luxury and connectivity. Plus BMW’s fanciest in driver assistance, and a new all-screen dash.
Underneath, some new-to-BMW engineering: all-round air suspension.
On the road, air springing helps comfort, but also brings better cornering and aero when it drops to its high-speed position. Off-road, you get more clearance and deeper wading. For load carrying, it will be self-levelling. For getting kids and the infirm aboard, you can kneel the car.
Four-wheel steering also makes its way onto the the New BMW X5, and active anti-roll on the M50d version. These chassis changes are all about making a big tall heavy vehicle behave like one when you want it to, but like the opposite when you want that instead.
First engines out of the traps are a 40i six-cylinder turbo, and a 30d diesel. In the X5 M50d, the same three-litre diesel comes in quad-turbo form, for 400bhp and a fivish-second 0-62mph time. That version has steel-spring suspension, presumably on the assumption that you won’t be taking it down the farm track.