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by Tim Beissmann

Update: BMW X5 Report.

UPDATED July 7 with Australian BMW X5 images.

BMW Australia has launched the refreshed 2010 BMW X5, with new engines, driver assistance systems and increased standard equipment among the key upgrades.

The entry-level xDrive30d starts at $92,100 and benefits from a 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption over the outgoing model – bringing average fuel use down to 7.4 litres/100km. Emissions are also down 36g/km to 195g/km. Despite the improved efficiency, performance remains strong with the turbo diesel powering from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds.

The $113,300 xDrive40d replaces the xDrive35d and features an all-aluminium straight-six with TwinPower Turbo and direct injection. Power and torque peak at 225kW and 600Nm (up 15kW/20Nm), while 0-100km/h acceleration is 0.4 seconds better at 6.6secs. Fuel consumption and emissions are 10 percent sharper, meaning it uses 7.5 litres/100km combined and emits 198g/km.

Replacing the xDrive30i is the $103,900 xDrive35i, which shaves 1.3 seconds off its 0-100km/h time (6.8secs) and 1.6 litres/100km off the old model’s fuel consumption (11.7 litres/100km down to 10.1).

At the top of the range sits the $133,400 xDrive50i which takes over from the xDrive48i. Powered by a new 300kW/600Nm TwinPower Turbo direct injection V8, the xDrive50i develops 39kW more than the model it replaces and 125Nm more torque. Sprint times to 100km/h have dropped more than a second to 5.5secs, while average fuel consumption is not unreasonable at 12.5 litres/100km.

The new eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the range which also receives modestly redesigned front and rear aprons, front air intakes and “night-time design” tail lights with LEDs light banks. Dual round bi-xenon headlamps with LED “corona rings” are fitted as a premium daytime running option.

BMW ConnectedDrive offers a range of features including head-up display, active cornering headlights, high-beam assistant, park distance control and reversing camera with Top View, active cruise control with Stop & Go function, lane departure warning and side view.

Handling and manoeuvrability can also be enhanced with the addition of BMW’s speed-dependent Servotronic steering assist system with Active Steering, and Adaptive Drive which reduces body roll.

Inside, the luggage compartment offers 620 litres of storage capacity and 1750 litres with the 40:60 split-fold rear seats both down flat. The X5 is also available with two third-row seats, complete with headrests and three-point automatic seatbelts.

The optional Nevada leather trim is now available in two new colours, complementing new satin silver interior highlights, while three new exterior colours have been added to the range.

Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.




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