BMW has announced pricing and specs for the mid-range X5 xDrive40i, arriving in Australia during the first quarter of 2019 from $115,900 before on-road costs.
The new variant sits between the 30d and M50d, with power from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six petrol engine making 250kW and 450Nm. It's put to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, as with the wider range, for a 100km/h sprint time of just 5.2 seconds.
When it comes to standard equipment, the X5 40i mimics perfectly the 30d. That means you get keyless entry and push-button start, configurable ambient lighting, and a parking assistant with 3D surround-view camera, along with niceties like rain-sensing wipers, anti-dazzle interior mirrors, a 10-speaker stereo and DAB+ radio.
On the active safety front, it gets adaptive cruise control, front and rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and BMW's evasion assist tech, designed to smooth the driver's inputs when swerving around an obstacle.
That's not to say there aren't any options – in fact, there are plenty of options, few of them cheap. We'll start with the $9500 Indulgence Package, which brings active seat ventilation and massaging up front, glass highlights around the cabin, seat heating front/rear, extended leather trim, soft-close doors and heated/cooled cup holders.
Speccing the Performance Package ($5000) adds 22-inch alloy wheels, an M Sport exhaust and metallic paint, while the xOffroad Package ($7500) delivers with unique off-road modes for the powertrain, more underbody protection, a mechanical differential lock and adaptive air suspension on both axles. Ticking that box also brings the BMW Display Key.
Finally, the Comfort Package ($1900) adds lumbar support to the driver and passenger seats, seat heating up front and the 'luggage compartment package', with more options for securing your load.
When it arrives during the first quarter of next year, the 40i will join the $112,900 xDrive 30d and $149,900 xDrive M50d.