BMW Group Malaysia today introduced the facelifted version of the E70 X5 Sports Activity Vehicle for the Malaysian market. Unveiled globally at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, this is the midlife update to the second generation X5 which debuted worldwide in November 2006.
Presenting the new BMW X5, Mr Geoffrey Briscoe, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd said, “The BMW X5 has been a motoring milestone since its introduction to Malaysia in 2007, and in that time we have sold 427 BMW X5’s in Malaysia making it the most successful premium SAV in the market. With the launch of the new models I am confident that the BMW X5 will continue to lead its segment as the definitive Sports Activity Vehicle.”
Two turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder variants are on offer, both with xDrive all-wheel drive and the new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission as standard. We believe it won’t be long before BMW makes this gearbox standard across its range. For the X5, customers have the choice of either petrol power in the xDrive35i, or diesel power in the xDrive30d.
Both engines are intimately familiar to us. The 2,979cc N55 B30 engine is rather new, but is already seeing action in the F10 535i, 535i GT, and 335i. Featuring a twin-scroll turbo, direct injection, and Valvetronic, the xDrive35i produces 306hp @ 5,800rpm and 400Nm @ 1,200 – 5,000rpm. BMW claims a century sprint time of 6.8 seconds and fuel consumption of 10.1 l/100km.
The diesel motor is a familiar unit as well, shared with the 730Ld. Displacing 2,993cc, the all-aluminium variable geometry turbocharged x35d produces some 245hp @ 4,000rpm and a very brutal 540Nm @ 1,750 – 3,000rpm. It’s slower to the century mark than the x30i, but more than makes up for the deficit with a healthy 7.4 l/100km fuel consumption rate.
“With its tremendous sense of presence and power the BMW X5 sets the benchmark in luxury, flexibility and sporting dynamics. As BMW X5 customers tend to be some of the most demanding in the premium market we have been exceedingly careful to ensure that only the very best of BMW technology is incorporated into the new BMW X5 while ensuring that customers are able to enjoy as wide a range of specifications possible,” said Briscoe.
Customers seeking to examine the BMW X5 up close and personal might want to make time in their calendars to attend one of the upcoming BMW Innovation Days 2010. Held at all 15 BMW showrooms nationwide, customers will have the chance to get behind the wheel of the X5 and other BMW models. Further details on the BMW Innovation Days 2010 can be obtained by contacting the relevant BMW dealers or visiting http://www.bmw.com.my/innovationdays/
Schedule for the upcoming BMW Innovation Days are as follows:
Meanwhile, prices for the new facelifted BMW X5 is as follows:
Pictures: Official BMW release.