Sunday 26 February 2017

BMW's X5 gets engine revamp

BMW has given its new X5 something of an early-life makeover.

The big changes come with a completely revised range of engines.

An eight-speed automatic transmission (from the 7 Series) is standard and there's a spread of driver assistance systems.

New colours and light-alloy wheels are also added.

BMW claims there is better fuel consumption and 10pc lower emissions.

The new range topper is the xDrive50i V8 (forget it, even if it develops 407bhp).

Then there is the xDrive35i (306bhp straight six).

The real points of interest are the similarly powered (306bhp) six-cylinder diesel xDrive40d and xDrive30d (245bhp).

All now have eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Front and side airbags, side head airbags for front and second-row seats, adaptive brake lights, runflat safety tyres and a tyre-defect indicator are also standard.

Irish Independent

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