When the X5 debuted in 1999, it left no doubt that a vehicle with true go-anywhere
capability could also deliver BMW levels of performance, luxury, safety and style. The X5
delivered in spades. Four years after its launch, the world's first Sports Activity
Vehicle still enjoys enormous popularity. To ensure that this popularity continues, the
engineers and designers worked together to devise a thoroughly improved driving
experience, which gave rise to a number of technical innovations and a bold new look.
The main highlights of this new SAV include the new intelligent all-wheel drive system -
xDrive, a more powerful V8 engine, new transmissions and the modernization of central
design elements. All this means that the X5 will remain the perfect vehicle for the
enthusiast driver, who wishes to combine the excellent handling and drive characteristics
typical of BMW with a high seating position and the ability to master a wide range of
driving situations, including off-road.