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2014 BMW X5 Overview
Today’s tweaked next-gen version of BMW’s catchy X5 crossover ute sports a subtle new look, a few more creature comforts and some added power in its two turbo-toting gasoline engines. The 2014 edition of this 5-place, 5-door midsize quasi-sport ute also sees the reintroduction of the torque-laden, fuel-efficient V6 turbodiesel and the debut of a dedicated rear-wheel-drive-only (RWD) s-trim.
Thus the X5 lineup now consists of 4 essential trims; the debuting base sDrive35i, along with the returning xDrive35d, the traditional xDrive35i and the flagship xDrive50i. The new-for-2014 sDrive35i sports the up-powered twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder powerplant of its xDrive35i sibling, along with standard RWD. All trims, meantime, are expected to once again be further divided into the option-laden M Sport, xLine and Luxury Line sub-trims.
In keeping with tradition, xDrive trims once more feature intelligent all-wheel drive (iAWD) which allows this traction-heavy mini-ute to cruise in RWD over normal roadways, with AWD kicking in to divert torque from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip when the flakes fly. Additionally, this system senses when it must start out in challenging conditions, and if the journey begins in a snow bank, for instance, it throws power to all 4 wheels right from the get-go.
Carrying a more svelte profile into 2014, this latest generation of Beemer’s classy X5 is also claimed to offer more cabin room, meaning cargo space ought to run just a smidgeon larger than the total 75.2 cubic feet offered last year. Further upgrades for this year include a few more ponies and marginally better fuel economy for both turbocharged gasoline engines, as well as slightly reworked sheet metal, including a new grille design, along with LED or xenon headlights, depending on the trim chosen.
Those 35i editions of Beemer’s redesigned crossover will sport the beefier 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 and an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Look for 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque from this blown 6, with mileage estimated at 16 mpg city/23 highway in the RWD sDrive35i.
The well-wrought 3.0-liter I6 turbodiesel gets re-introduced with the xDrive35d later in the 2014 model year, mating with a standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 255 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque, with mileage running 19/26.
Finally, the xDrive50i’s standard 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 steps up to 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque under the management of the standard 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission, while mileage is touted by the folks at Beemer as significantly better than last year’s variation. Towing with the pumped-up 50i, by the way, is maxed out at 6,000 pounds with an available tow hitch and wiring.
As purveyors of luxury and class, the new X5 35i trims are expected to sport 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a rear spoiler, power liftgate and power moonroof outside, with leatherette upholstery, heated 10-way power-adjustable front seats and genuine wood inserts inside. Cruise control, of course, returns for this year’s 35i editions, as do a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, driver's memory settings and dual-zone auto climate control.
Techno-wise, BMW Assist comes standard and boasts Bluetooth hands-free directions and connections service, while a navigation suite and a single-CD player flaunting 10 speakers, 205 watts of power and enhanced USB connectivity round out the hefty entertainment and communications bennies.
The xDrive50i, meantime, boasts 19-inch alloy wheels and leather upholstery, along with 16-way power-adjustable front seats, a dedicated rear-view camera and a simulated aerial-view camera.
Optional equipment available to the X5 lineup for 2014 is expected to adhere pretty closely to last year’s offerings, including the various sub-trims like the M Sport, boasting sport front seats and a sport steering wheel that mounts paddle shifters, and the Luxury Line with its upsized and upgraded wheels, premium leather upholstery and cherried-out exterior accoutrements. The xLine sub-trim, meantime, also flaunts the upgraded and upsized wheel choices, along with performance tires, aluminum running boards and added genuine wood interior accents. Further available equipment offered in either package or standalone form includes the Dynamic Handling Package with a rear air auto-damping suspension and active anti-roll bars, along with such additional goodies as a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, rear-seat DVD entertainment and split-folding third-row bench seating for 7-passenger capacity.
Things like available adaptive cruise control, active steering and a night-vision camera can be delivered with a 2014 X5 to join such standard safety equipment as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Again, look for daytime running lights and front fog/driving lights to be standard throughout the lineup, along with turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system, adaptive high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights and a remote antitheft alarm.
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