• BMW X5 Spyshots - Fourth Testing Session
  • New Glossy Camo
  • The Hood is more muscular
  • Radiator Grille in Black Chrome
  • M Sport wheels with blue brake calipers
  • More pronounced front fascia
  • Same decoy tail lights and exhaust outlets
  • Unveil expected in first quarter 2018
  • Will go on sale as 2019 model
  • Will ride on CLAR platform
  • Will share drivetrain options with BMW 7 Series

The Audi Q7 and Mercedes GLE better watch out...

The 2019 BMW X5 has been completely redesigned for 2019 with a new, revitalized exterior look, all-new interior, tons of new technology, and even more power than before. At the time of launch, it will be offered in four different trim levels that include xDrive40i (replaces the 35i,) the xDrive50i, xDrive30d, and the M50d.

All models come standard with next-gen tech like BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, larger head up display, cooled and heated cup holders, and ambient interior lighting. And, to really top things off, it’s a seven-seater with extra legroom. No good deed goes unpunished, though, as it looks like cargo room does suffer a bit.

The “SkyLounge” panorama glass roof is said to have as many as 15,000 illuminated colors. Wheel offerings range anywhere between 18 and 22-inches and an off-road package will add a special locking differential in the rear. Gasoline engines range between 340 and 462 horsepower while diesel engines range between 265 and 400 horsepower. The new, 2019 BMW X5 should go on sale in late 2018.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW X5.

  • 2019 BMW X5
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Transmission:
    Eight-Speed Auto
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340
  • Torque @ RPM:
    331
  • Energy:
    Gasoline
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • Top Speed:
    150 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    5.5 sec.
  • Price:
    68000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    9/10

2019 BMW X5 Exterior Design

  • Sportier exterior design
  • Slimmer headlights and taillights
  • Now available with up to 22-inch wheels
  • Front and rear skidplates available (off-road package)
  • Longer and wider
  • Longer wheel base
  • Larger front and rear tracks
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It’s longer and wider, has a longer wheelbase, and the front and rear tracks are considerably longer too.

The 2019 BMW X5 isn’t a huge departure from the outgoing model in terms of design style, but it has grown in almost every direction, with the exception of height. It’s longer and wider, has a longer wheelbase, and the front and rear tracks are considerably longer too. Height, on the other hand, actually dropped by just over half an inch. When you put all of this together into typical car-guy algorithm, the X5 is sportier, nimbler, and has a lower center of gravity. And, to make matters even better, the drop in height isn’t associated with a lower roof – it’s actually due to the body itself being lowered, easily noticeable by the smaller gap between wheels and the body; just what the doctor ordered.

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It’s not just about size, though, as BMW did change a lot in creating the third-gen X5. The larger grille and larger corner intakes are the most noticeable. BMW finally did away with that annoying opening below the grille, and in doing so, it made the kidney grilles much larger. At first, they were a little obtrusive, but look again, and I’m willing to bet that they are already growing on you. The corner vents, on the other hand, aren’t as attractive of a change but they do make for a nice mounting point for the fog lamps which used to be circular standalone units. The air dam has also grown in height, but this is to accommodate the extra breeze needed to keep things cool since that secondary opening is no longer there. The headlights, while featuring the same general shape, are sleeker and come with BMW’s Laserlight system as standard equipment. The headlights are also separate from the grille, giving them less of a Mazda-ish look and more like something you’d expect on a BMW while the grille itself has an active flap system for efficiency.

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As far as the side profile goes, you won’t notice a lot that’s changed, but it’s the little things that matter.

As far as the side profile goes, you won’t notice a lot that’s changed, but it’s the little things that matter. The beltline, for instance, doesn’t curve upward as much beyond the rear door, giving the upper portion of the profile an all-new look. It’s also slanted just a bit more from front to rear, to give off the raked look. The upper bodyline now has a zigzag at the rear door, effectively lifting the direction so the body line crosses the rear door handle and terminates at the corner of the taillight. The lower body line is more aggressive, as are the side skirts, which are now body colored.

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The rear end is where you can see that the X5 is actually wider than before.

The rear end is where you can see that the X5 is actually wider than before. And, you’ll see that all that extra width comes in from the hips down. In other words, the area below the beltline is wider than the area above. It gives the X5 a sportier look from the rear, which is complemented by the taillights that are less obtrusive and thinner overall. The exhaust outlets are also larger, just like those front air intakes, and the insert in between now has a trio of fins that mimic a diffuser. Overall, the X5 is incredibly attractive in its third generation and is better proportioned than the model it replaces.

2019 BMW X5 Dimensions

Length: 193.77 in
Width 78.89 in
Height: 68.7 in
Wheelbase: 117.1 in
Front track: 65.5 in
Rear track: 66.3 in

Can the 2019 BMW X5 Go Off-Road?

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The X5 is suitable for off-roading, in a sense. With a ground clearance just shy of 8.5 inches, it’s not a vehicle you would want to take out for some serious rock climbing or on a mission to traverse some really rough terrain. That kind of stuff is better left to the guys in Wranglers and lifted trucks. But, with an approach angle of 25.2 degrees and a departure angle that sits just north of 22 degrees, it can hold its own with some of the lighter-footed midsized SUVs out there. Breakover angle sits just above 20 degrees, so there isn’t a whole lot of room to play with, but you might be able to cross small streams with a few larger rocks if you’re careful. As far as fording depth goes, you’ve got less than 20 inches, so – essentially – don’t go deeper than the top of your front tires at most. So, consider the 2019 X5 as the model that can go beyond the beaten path but is somewhat limited as to how far off that path it can really go.

Approach Angle: 25.2 deg
Departure Angle: 22.3 deg
Breakover Angle: 20.2 degrees
Ground Clearance: 8.425 in

On that note, however, BMW does offer an off-road package that will give you an off-road specific differential lock, underguards in the front and rear, air suspension for a little more ground clearance, and an off-road specific transmission. This package is a must-have if you expect to go beyond anything worse than a typical American dirt road and even comes with special off-road drive modes to help make exploring a little easier. Go ahead and tear through that mud – just make sure that it isn’t too deep.

2019 BMW X5 Interior Design

  • Digital instrument cluster standard
  • Revised dashboard
  • Revised panoramic glass roof
  • Ambient lighting and scent system available
  • New rear entertainment system
  • Available third-row seating
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The Interior of the 2019 BMW X5 strays away from the conventional look of the outgoing model and takes a big step in modernity.

The Interior of the 2019 BMW X5 strays away from the conventional look of the outgoing model and takes a big step in modernity. For starters, the dash has been completely revamped. In fact, it almost looks like BMW sanded the dash down to even things out a bit. The multiple tiers are still there; they are just much smoother than before. Those weird dual vents are gone too (praise the lord) and they even have a slight angle to them that looks very sport with that outlining trim. The central vents have a new look, and that huge grouping of controls in the center stack have been reduced to one smaller, thinner unit that helps make things nice and tidy here. Furthermore, the steering wheel is a bit smaller, and the central armrest up front sits a little lower with better integration into the center console. The front of the center console, where the gear shifter and infotainment controls are actually higher than before, giving the X5 a sports car like feel.

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The infotainment display measures 12.3 inches and is integrated with the instrument cluster in a very Mercedes-like way.

On the technology front, the 2019 BMW X5 is top notch. First, BMW decided to make Live Cockpit Professional (basically BMW’s version of an all-digital instrument cluster and comparable to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit) standard equipment across the entire X5 lineup. So, whether you drive a 40i, 50i or some other future variation, the X5 will come with this digital cluster. It’s a little futuristic and has been pegged as kind of ugly by some, but it’s still better than the semi-digital system that was standard in the outgoing model. It measures 12.3-inches, the same as the new infotainment display. That infotainment display, by the way, I also larger, measuring 12.3 inches and is integrated with the instrument cluster in a very Mercedes-like way. A new head-up display comes courtesy of the 2019 X5 as well, and it offers a larger display with more information. Other options include a Bowers and Wilkens Diamond 3d Audi system with 20 speakers and 1,500 Watts of power. There’s also an ambient air system that can dispense eight different scents, cooled and heated cup holders, wireless phone charging, and six-color ambient lighting with welcome light an dynamic interior lighting.

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The most important option, however, is the third row of seats that will take up some boot room but are still easy to enter as the second row automatically tilts forward when needed. There’s an automatic boot cover that lowers into the floor, standard leather trim, two-piece tailgate with a hands-free opening, multi function massage seats, four-zone climate control, heated armrests, Sky Lounge panoramic roof with 15,000 illuminated graphic patterns, and a 10.2-inch rear entertainment system all up for grabs if you’re willing to pay.

All told, the interior of the new X5 is dynamic, attractive, comfortable, and functional all at the same time. There’s a huge list of options, but those aren’t necessary to actually have decent interior appointments. If you do decide you want some of those options, you’re pretty much picking right out of the Rolls-Royce playbook – seriously; 15,000 graphic illustrations on the roof and ambient scent system? Really. Either way, the choice is yours, but there are plenty of options to choose from.

How Big is the Interior of the 2019 BMW X5

In comparison to the outgoing model, the 2019 BMW X5 did grow inside. The front passenger area has gained nearly an inch of width while the rear passenger area gained nearly two inches. Headroom in the front and rear should have increased by at least an inch. There’s no word on total passenger volume as of yet, but we do know that cargo room has dropped quite significantly.

How much cargo can the 2019 BMW X5 Carry

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With all of the seats in place, the 2019 BMW X5 has 22.8 cubic-feet of space (minimum room) which BMW claims can be expanded to 65.7 cubic-feet, assumingly with all of the seats folded or stowed away. To put that into perspective with the seats in place, you could, in theory, carry about 20 milk crates. With the interior organized for maximum cargo room, you could carry about 64 standard milk crates. These figures, however, assume that you can use absolutely all space. More realistically, it can probably hold closer to 18 and 50, respectively.

BMW X5 Interior Dimensions

2018 BMW X5 2019 BMW X5 Difference
Front Passenger Width: 60.5 in 61.4 in + 0.9 in
Rear Passenger Width: 58.3 in 60.03 + 1.7 in
Front Seat Cushion to Roof: 39.8 in 40.82 + 1.02 in
Rear Seat Cushion to Roof: 38.3 in 39.4 in + 1.1 in
Min Cargo Capacity: 35.8 cu-ft 22.8 cu-ft - 13 cu-ft
Max Cargo Capacity: 76.7 cu-ft 65.7 cu-ft - 11 cu-ft

2019 BMW X5 Drivetrain and Performance

  • Extra horsepower and torque for base model
  • Extra horsepower for 50i trim
  • Two diesel engines available
  • New off-road package
  • New driving modes
  • Revised X-drive system
  • Can tow up to 5,952 pounds
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All four engines come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and there’s no word of a manual gearbox as of yet.

Like the outgoing model, the 2019 BMW X5 will be offered with an inline six-cylinder and a V-8. The 40i trim level replaces the 35i trim level and comes with 340 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque – a 38-horsepower and 45 pound-foot improvement over the last-gen entry-level model. The 50i trim level comes with a revamped V-8 that delivers 462 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. That’s 17 extra horsepower with no gain or loss in torque. This model won’t be offered in Europe, probably because of the high taxes on large engines. A 30d trim is also up for grabs with 265 horsepower and 457 pound-feet while a 50d trim will get you 400 ponies and 560 pound-feet.

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All four engines come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and there’s no word of a manual gearbox as of yet. These are all xDrive models and the models available at launch, so rear-wheel drive and, presumably, a manual transmission will be available at a later date. The 40i is capable of hit 62.1 mph in 5.5 seconds and tops out at 151 mph. It does manage to pull between 32 and 33 mpg on the imperial scale and pumps out between 193 and 200 grams of CO2 per km driven (just over half a mile.) The 50i, V-8 model can hit the same 62-mph sprint in 4.7 seconds and tops out just a bit higher at 155 mph. You’ll only get 24.4 mpg on the imperial scale, so don’t expect to save at the pump. It’s also a bit dirtier, pumping out 264 grams of CO2 for every km driven.

On the diesel front, you’ll find things are a bit cleaner with emissions output ranging from 158 and 179 grams per km with the 30d. It’ll take you 6.5 seconds to get to 62 mph, and you’ll top out at just 143 mph. On that note, it is more efficient, offering between 41.5 and 47.1 mpg on the imperial scale. Finally. The 50d uses the same inline-six diesel engine, but its tuning allows for a 5.2-second sprint to 62 mph and a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited, we’re sure.) Even it is cleaner than the inline-six gasoline engine, pumping out between 179 and 190 grams of CO2 per KM while averaging between 39.2 and 41.5 mpg on the imperial scale.

How much can the 2019 BMW X5 Tow?

Towing Capacity (braked): 5,952 lbs (2700 kg)
Towing Capacity (unbraked): 1,653 lbs (750 kg)

As far as towing goes, all models are capable of hauling as much as 2700 kg or around 5,952 pounds as long as you’re hauling a trailer with brakes. Going without brakes drops your towing capacity to just 750 kg or about 1,652 pounds. It should also be noted that for this kind of towing, you’ll need a BMW-installed towing package as well.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Does the 2019 BMW X5 Get?

The 2019 BMW X5 manages to pull between 32 mpg and 47 mpg, on the imperial scale, depending on trim level and equipment.

Does the 2019 BMW X5 Handle Well

The 2019 BMW X5 is wider and lower than the model it replaces, which suggests a lower center of gravity and better handling. It’s also more aerodynamic than before so it should accelerate quicker as well. It won’t handle as well as a BMW M3, for example, but it will hold its own against the Mercedes GLE and Audi Q7.

2019 BMW X5 Pricing

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BMW hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 model year yet, but it’s probably best to assume that pricing will increase across the board. When you consider the fact that BMW is now including the digital instrument cluster as standard equipment, has tacked on more driver assistance features, thrown together some pretty crazy (and some useless) technological options to choose from, added more power, and changed the entry-level model to 40i, it’s certainly not out of the question to see the base model go for between $60,000 and $62,000. Tack on xDrive and pricing will automatically go up by at least another $2,200 in typical BMW fashion. As you go up the line, you’ll see the same gradual price increase with the range-topping 50i coming in somewhere around $76,000.

2019 BMW X5 Competition

2019 Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 is still relatively new, going through a generational shift for the 2017 model year. However, by the time the new X5 hits the market, it will be a couple of years in and due for its Audi-typical minimalist facelift. So, if you’re considering the Q7, you may want to wait until that happens as there’s a good chance Audi will follow BMW’s example and add in some more power as well as more technology – like adding the Audi Virtual Cockpit as standard equipment, perhaps. As far as pricing goes, the Q7 is a little cheaper on the entry-level front with the Premium trim starting out at $49,900. You won’t get as many cool features or awesome technology, but it’s a little more affordable. Moving up to the Premium Plus cuts back on the amount of compromise but raises pricing to $53,900. If you want to go all out you can pay up $65,400 for the Prestige trim, which will give you all of the bells and whistles, including the top end infotainment system and Audi Virtual Cockpit. The two lower trims can be options with the 2.0-liter gas engine or the 3.0-liter gasoline engine, which are good for 252 horsepower or 333 horsepower, respectively.

Read our full review on the 2019 Audi Q7.

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

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The Mercedes GLE-Class is also a strong competitor in this segment, but it’s not one you should be considering just yet. It went through a facelift for the 2016 model year, and we’ve seen spy shots of the next-gen model testing, so we’re expecting an all-new generation to debut sometime in the next year. As such, you’ll find that Mercedes will follow suit with BMW as far as technology and feature offerings on the standard side and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the list of options grow with more useless-but-fun-to-have choices. As of the time of this writing, the GLE is available in two trims – the 350 and 550e. The 350 can be had with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and delivers 302 horsepower to go with 273 pound-feet of torque. The 550e delivers 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet from a 3.0-liter V-6. Don’t let those numbers fool you though; the 350 4MATIC is the model to have if you’re into towing, with its total capacity reaching as high as 7,200 pounds when properly equipped. That’s significantly more than what the X5 offers on its best day, so if you’re someone who tows, you might want to wait a little longer for the next-gen GLE to hit dealers. Pricing as of now sits at $52,200 for the 350, $54,700 for the 350 4MATIC, and $66,700 for the 550e 4MATIC. Expect pricing to increase a bit with the next-gen model but don’t expect it to increase so drastically that it will be any less affordable than it currently is.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE.

Final Thoughts

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I have to admit that BMW has done an amazing job with revamping the X5. It has received a cleaner look inside and more attractive look outside. It’s great to see BMW offering things like that digital instrument cluster as standard equipment and while I feel like the long list of options could make the X5 cost more than it’s really worth, there are some good options to be had. If you’re someone who wants to get every option, though, you need to be careful. You’ll probably increase your out-the-door cost dramatically and you’ll end up with a bunch of useless technology too. After all, do you really need heated and cooled cupholders or the electric boot cover? They are cool novelties I guess and would be okay if offered as standard equipment but I’m not sure they are worth paying extra cheddar for. It will be interesting to see how things pan out in the end, but come 2019, and BMW will have the freshest midsize SUV on the market and it could take a small bite out of market usually allotted for Mercedes and Audi. We’ll see what happens.

  • Leave it
    • * Pricing will probably increase
    • * Some technology options are useless and unnecessary
    • * Still wont hit the market until sometime in late 2018

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 BMW X5.

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Spy Shots

November 7, 2017 – The Emperor Gets New Clothes

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The Hood is more muscular
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Will ride on CLAR platform

This far along in the testing phase, there isn’t a whole lot left for BMW change up, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there isn’t a lot new to talk about. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re getting our first look at the M Performance model as well. In short, the biggest notable change is that the old swirly camo is gone and has since been replaced by something more stylish and glossy. It has helped to emphasize the muscularity of the hood. There also appears to be a little more aggressiveness at the bottom of the front fascia, and the radiator grille has also received the black chrome treatment. Larger, M Sport wheels have been added to the mix as have the blue M Sport brake calipers. Outside of this the only other noticeable item is the LED units the headlights that are still angular but remain only at the bottom of the laser elements and the fact that the exhaust outlets still feature the dual round outlets inside the chrome rectangular fittings. The next time we see the X5, we should see the official taillights and a finished exhaust system as well as a serious shred of this new glossy camo. Check back in the near future for updates.

8/14/2017 – Fourth Testing Session; Third Outing at the ‘Ring

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So far, we’ve seen the X5 on three different occasions. The first time, it was playing in the snow back in January of last year. The other two times, it has been seen being put through the paces and the Nurburgring. The X5 likes the ring – we should all aspire to be like it. Okay, maybe I took it a little too far, but the point is, it was caught for a third time on the ‘Ring today and, while it didn’t drop any serious amounts of camo, it is sporting a few changes. First off, there has been some camo removed from the front grille, ultimately exposing a larger pair of kidney grilles. With the grilles being tested fully open like the BMW will be able to know for sure that there’s ample airflow making its way to the radiator. We can now make out two horizontal louvers in the small air dam below, and the corner vents are now taking shape, losing the weird bubbled look at the ends shown on the last mule. The little openings above the corner vents have now been opened up more, also exposing more horizontal louvers that we couldn’t make out before.

More importantly, however, are the official production headlights. As you can see, the projector/halogen units of the last mule have been replaced by a pair of official laser headlights, a feature that is identifiable by those blue lines right in the middle of the headlights. The X5 will also get those new angular LED strips around each laser projector which isn’t only stylish but will also improve your visibility to oncoming traffic in certain situations. All told, it’s shaping up pretty nicely and should be just about ready for production. It should be making its debut in the early months of 2018 and is expected to borrow its drivetrain options from the 5 and 7 Series lineups. To add to this, there is also a hybrid model in the works as well as an official M version too. Obviously, things are shaping up quite nicely for the next-gen X5.

April 27, 2017 - BMW X5 caught testing at Nurburgring once again

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April 21, 2016 - BMW X5 caught testing around Nurburgring

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January 19, 2016 - First testing session

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Update 11/07/2017: The BMW X5 was caught in the wild yet again, but this time it wasn’t on the Nurburgring, and it has changed its clothes as well. Check out the spy shots section below to see the latest developments on the upcoming BMW X5.

Update 8/14/2017: The BMW X5 has been spotted putting in work again, this time sporting one big change that sheds some light on the road ahead. Check out our spy shots section below to learn all about it.

Updated 04/27/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X5 out for a new testing session around Nurburgring.

Updated 04/21/2014: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X5 out for a new testing session around the famous Nurbrugring race track.

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