Every year, BMW brings a number of its vehicles to RETTmobil, considered as the best European expo for emergency vehicles. This year, the Bavarian automaker is doing it again with a handful of models that are built specifically for this occasion. One of these models is the BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle, which gives a whole new meaning to a luxury SUV ambulance.
The BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle isn’t your ordinary X5. It’s actually been fully equipped to serve a specific purpose. The exterior colors pretty much say it all, right? The white base of the X5 makes way for orange graphics throughout the body. Custom-issued emergency lights sit on top of the X5 and just under the kidney grilles, further showcasing the breadth of customization BMW undertook to turn this SUV into a full-fledged paramedic vehicle.
The interior of this X5 xDrive30d wasn’t shown in any of the photos, but to serve its purpose, we can surmise that BMW removed most of the accessories from a standard X5 and slapped on a host of life-saving equipment. It should also have tremendous amounts of space and an automatic tailgate that makes it more accessible in times of emergency.
Another important element of this paramedic vehicle is its engine. In this case, this X5 comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line diesel engine that produces 258 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, more than enough power to be of good use in emergency situations. It’s also been equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive, allowing it to successfully navigate through the toughest of terrain.
The BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle is one of seven vehicles BMW is bringing to ReTTmobil. But we’re guessing that lots of eyes will be on this one.
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BMW X5 xDrive30d Paramedic Vehicle
Last year, BMW finally unveiled the third-generation BMW X5, bringing with it an evolutionary design language to go with new elements inspired by the likes of the X1 and X3 SUVs. It also had an updated interior and an improved engine lineup, giving the X5 a whole new character to match its rich and popular lineage.
Speaking of its engine, the X5 sDrive35i and X5 xDrive35i models are offered with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo in-line-six engine with a total output of 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The top version, the xDrive 50i, gets a 4.4-liter V-8 engine (N63) that delivers a total of 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
There is also a diesel version, the X5 xDrive35d powered by a 3.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 255 horsepower.
The BMW X5 is priced from $53,725.
Gallery BMW X5
RETTmobil ranks as the leading European trade fair for emergency services and mobility, acting as an important information platform for paramedics, rescue services and firefighters, as well as public services, local authorities and trade associations. More than 450 exhibitors will come to Fulda to present their latest technologies and developments in the fields of emergency rescue, technical intervention, firefighting and disaster recovery.
As a leading manufacturer of premium cars and motorcycles, BMW also has decades of experience in developing and building special-purpose vehicles. In Fulda, BMW will present an extensive range of practical and purposedesigned emergency vehicles which meet highest standards not only in performance, practicality and safety but also in cost efficiency and fuel economy.