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by Tim Beissmann

BMW has introduced the Innovations package to its X5 large SUV range, giving drivers more than $16,600 of the brand’s most frequently ordered technology and comfort features.

Replacing the Executive models, the Innovations package is headlined by Top View, which is used in conjunction with Park Distance Control and the rear view camera. Top View uses two cameras in the side mirrors to send data to the central computer which then presents a bird’s eye perspective of the car and its surroundings in the dashboard display.

Additional features include the automatic tailgate, exterior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function including fold-in and parking function, electric seat adjustment for front seats including memory for driver’s seat with electric steering column adjustment, control display with 8.8in colour monitor and Professional Navigation including television function and voice control, bi-Xenon headlights including headlight washer system, high beam assist and USB audio interface.

The Innovations package adds $11,200 to the price of the X5 xDrive30i and 30d, $9500 when ordered in combination with the Sport or M Sport packages, $2900 to the 35d, and $1200 on top of the 48i.

BMW has also upgraded the Professional Navigation system on the X5 and X6, adding the new one-touch iDrive Controller and a new menu structure offering full-screen maps, 3D relief maps, DVD drive and an integrated 80GB hard disc drive with up to 12GB of audio file storage.

The BMW X5 was the best selling Luxury SUV in Australia in 2009 – 3124 sales giving it a 15.6 percent share of the market. However, its sales decreased by 8.3 percent compared to 2008 in a segment that in total gained seven percent on the previous year.




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