The New BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle®
2011 X5 models deliver more substance and presence than ever before.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 1, 2010… More than a decade after it created the concept, BMW has written the latest chapter in the story of the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle®, the BMW X5. Originally launched for the 2000 model year in late 1999, the BMW X5 permanently changed the automotive landscape. It proved that the driving dynamics, responsiveness, and linear control signature to every BMW could be compatible with utility, versatility, and other-roads capability. For 2011, the BMW X5 models are enhanced with new powertrains and updated design.
The new turbocharged X5 xDrive35i has a starting price of $46,675. The twin-turbo V8 X5 xDrive50i starts at $59,275 including Destination & Handling. The BMW Advanced Diesel X5 xDrive35d continues at $52,175.
Innovative new design elements and powertrains are the result of over 4,000 new parts created by BMW designers and engineers for the 2011 BMW X5. Two of the X5’s powertrains will be all-new for 2011, creating the new X5 xDrive50i and X5 xDrive35i, in addition to the familiar BMW Advanced Diesel X5 xDrive35d. All models receive a design update that enhances the brilliant focus and aesthetic appearance of the X5 brand.
Fresh Design. Well-Balanced Proportions.
The body design of the 2011 BMW X5 is characterized by well-balanced proportions that accentuate the vehicle’s powerful presence and agility. A long wheelbase, short front and rear body overhangs, and large light-alloy wheels provide a visual balance between the front and rear of the vehicle. Square-shaped, carefully flared wheel arches hint at the X5’s all-wheel drive traction and other-roads capability. The body lines sweep upwards from the front and rear wheels, communicating BMW’s near-perfect 50-50 front-rear weight distribution which is so essential to the X5’s legendary driving dynamic.
The sides of the X5 are elegantly stretched though the strong horizontal lines of each side. The surface of the hood flows seamlessly into the waistline, while the prominent, gently inclined contour line at the door handle level extends from the front wheel arches to the rear of the vehicle. These character lines symbolize power, stability, and presence.
With its distinctively contoured hood, large BMW kidney grille and dual round headlights, the new BMW X5 boasts an expressive front end that symbolizes power and presence. The newest interpretation of the X5’s look is led by the redesign of the front fascia and position of the standard foglamps. With more elements painted in body color, the front end gives the impression of being lower. At the same time, the increased size of both the central and outer air intakes hint at the boosted engine output. The black trim at the bottom edge of the body is now considerably narrower. A matte-finished silver protection plate extends across the entire width of the central air intake, emphasizing the muscular features of the SAV, and accentuates the new X5’s character.
The dual round Xenon Adaptive headlights and foglamps are now situated higher and closer to the kidney grille. The X5’s new headlight fixtures emphasize high quality and sporting intentions. BMW’s signature corona rings serve as position lights and daytime driving lights.
The newly conceived rear apron matches the graphic structure of the front end, while the intricately designed surrounds of the dual exhaust pipes are painted in body color to underline the X5’s premium character. In the center, a matte-finished silver protection element emphasizes strength and durability suitable for other-roads use.
Above the rear bumper, the rear of the new X5 is divided by parallel horizontal lines. The result is an accentuation of the width, highlighting the vehicle’s athletic capabilities. The L-shaped taillight fixtures, each with two LED light banks, create the BMW-signature nighttime appearance of the rear end.
A choice of new body colors provides further visual enhancements. The metallic colors Deep Sea Blue, Platinum Grey, and Sparkling Bronze are now available for the BMW X5. Inside, the available Nevada Leather can be chosen in stunning new Oyster or Cinnamon Brown colors in addition to the familiar Sand Beige, and Black, and matte Satin Silver interior trim strips are added if the owner does not select from the available Brushed Aluminum, Dark Bamboo, Light Poplar, or Burl Walnut wood trims.
X5 xDrive50i: BMW’s Twin-Turbocharged V-8.
The new BMW X5 xDrive50i takes its place as the flagship of the X5 family, yielding 400 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 450 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 – 4,500 rpm from its twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V-8 engine. Introduced in the BMW X6 in Spring of 2008, this all-aluminum V-8 features High Precision direct fuel injection, “reverse-flow” architecture for revolutionary responsiveness and packaging, and BMW’ s VANOS variable valve timing technology. Together, these features create what may be the perfect balance between high fuel efficiency, low emissions, and the dominant, dynamic performance expected of a BMW V-8. The 0-60 mph sprint is accomplished in 5.3 seconds, a full second better than the previous V8 X5 model. In spite of its impressive performance, US EPA fuel efficiency figures for the X5 xDrive50i are 14 city/ 20 highway/16 combined, virtually unchanged from the previous model. The X5 xDrive50i starts at $59,775 including Destination & Handling.
As part of the V-8 engine’s reverse-flow architecture, the twin turbochargers are situated in the valley of the engine’s “V” and exhale separately into two catalytic converters which are located on top of the engine and exit aftward into the large stainless-steel exhaust system via downpipes on either side of the new 8-speed automatic transmission. The exhaust streams remain separated until they meet in the large muffler at the rear of the vehicle and exit through two large, trapezoidal exhaust tips.
X5 xDrive35i: BMW’s Turbocharged Inline-6 with Valvetronic.
BMW’s new X5 xDrive 35i receives a brand new inline-6 gasoline engine, internally dubbed “N55.” The new engine features the same 3.0-liter displacement and 300 horsepower output of its predecessor (the “N54”), but features a single twin-scroll turbocharger in place of the previous twin, low-mass turbocharger units. Furthermore, the new inline-6 of the X5 xDrive35i is the first BMW inline-6 to combine BMW’s revolutionary Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, High Precision direct fuel injection, and turbocharging. The result of combining this new inline-6 with the new 8-speed automatic is an X5 with incredibly spontaneous responsiveness, exceptional power, and remarkable efficiency. The new X5 xDrive35i will perform the 0-60mph sprint in 6.4 seconds, coincidentally on the same pace as the outgoing V-8 powered X5. US EPA figures are 16 city/23 highway/18 combined, a slight improvement over the previous model in spite of a 15 percent improvement in both horsepower and torque.
For the 2011 model year, BMW has made the X5 xDrive35i available in two additional trim levels: “Premium” and “Sports Activity.”
The essential X5 xDrive35i has an MSRP of $47,175 including Destination & Handling, and includes a popular profile of standard equipment often specified by X5 customers, including BMW’s Xenon Adaptive headlights, Rain Sensor with automatic headlight control, HD Radio, automatic climate control, foglights, 18” light alloy wheels, cruise control, and anti-theft alarm system. A Convenience Package is optional and adds the large panoramic moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, Dark Burl Walnut, Bamboo, or Light Poplar wood interior trim, BMW Ambiance Lighting, and BMW Assist with Bluetooth. Stand alone options include rear side window shades, Navigation system with Real Time Traffic Information and Voice Command, satellite radio with 1-year subscription, and an iPod / USB adapter interface.
The X5 xDrive35i Premium has an MSRP of $52,975 including Destination & Handling and includes a boosted profile of standard equipment, such as 19” light alloy wheels, roof rails and panoramic moonroof, power adjustable steering column, iPod / USB adapter interface, and privacy glass. Best of all, it includes standard Nevada Leather. In addition, buyers of the Premium model may choose up to four packages, including the Active Ventilated Seat Package, Convenience Package, Cold Weather Package, and Technology Package. Each package includes a raft of focused features that enhance comfort and convenience, allowing buyers to better customize the X5 to personal taste. Third Row seating, which enables the X5 to accommodate up to 7 passengers, also becomes available on this model.
The X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity has an MSRP of $55,475 including Destination & Handling and includes even more standard equipment than the Premium model, such as 20” light alloy wheels, sport seats, Shadowline exterior trim, and Anthracite headliner. In addition to the packages available on the Premium model, customers may add the popular M Sport Package to the X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity model. The M Sport Package includes 20” wheels with performance tires, the Adaptive Drive system, aluminum roof rails, M door sill plates, M driver footrest, M steering wheel, M aerodynamic enhancements, and increased top speed limiter (150 mph).
New 8-speed Automatic Transmission with Steptronic.
On both new gasoline models of the X5, sending the newfound power to the standard xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system is BMW’s new 8-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic control. The new 8-speed transmission is standard in the X5 xDrive50i and X5 xDrive35i, and raises the industry standard for compactness, efficiency, and gear selection. The new transmission weighs no more than its 6-speed predecessor, yet offers closer ratios in the lower gears for improved acceleration and two additional “tall” gears for relaxed, efficient cruising. BMW’s 8-speed automatic was introduced on the 5 Series Gran Turismo and 760Li Sedan in the fall of 2009.
Using the console-mounted e-shifter, the X5 driver chooses from three shifting programs: Drive, Drive Sport, and Manual. In Manual mode, the driver selects from the eight forward gear ratios via the + / - action of the shifter (push forward to downshift; pull back to upshift). At any speed, Neutral is easily selected via a forward push of the selector from Drive and, when at a standstill, Park is selected by depressing the “P” button atop the shifter, or by pushing the Engine Start-Stop button (doing so will also stop the engine).
BMW Brake Energy Regeneration further improves efficiency
BMW’s Brake Energy Regeneration system is also fitted to the gasoline X5 models. It incorporates a special deep-cycle Glass Mat battery with programmed alternator disengagement so that, most of the time, the vehicle’s battery is only charged while the vehicle is coasting or braking. Over time, the Brake Energy Regeneration system can save 1-2% on fuel consumption. Brake Energy Regeneration is another feature in BMW’s EfficientDynamics portfolio of small features and adjustments which have a cumulative effect on the efficiency-performance balance of each BMW vehicle.
X5 xDrive35d: Maintaining the Benchmark with BMW Advanced Diesel Technology.
The BMW Advanced Diesel X5 xDrive35d was introduced to the United States as a 2009 model, and despite increased competition remains the fastest, most fuel efficient diesel-powered vehicle in its class. The huge torque output of 425 lb-ft. at 1750-2250 rpm speaks for itself; X5 xDrive35d drivers will marvel at this engine’s robust response at low to medium speeds. The peak power output of 265 hp also makes an impact, as does the resulting 0-60-mph time of 6.9 seconds. It returns EPA mileage estimates of 19 mpg city and 26 highway/22 combined.
For the 2011 model, BMW has made no changes to the award-winning BMW Advanced Diesel powertrain, but rather has focused efforts to ensure the X5 xDrive35d benefits from the latest design updates to the X5 family. It continues with the 6-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. Despite the enhancements for the new model year, MSRP for this model remains $52,675 including Destination & Handling.
BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance optimizes emission management by incorporating an oxidation catalyst placed close to the engine, a diesel particulate filter housed in the same unit, and an SCR catalyst with urea injection. Apart from filtering out even the smallest particles from the flow of exhaust gases, this combination ensures effective reduction of nitric oxides (NOX) by way of a chemical reaction within the exhaust system initiated by the injection of a small dose of urea referred to as Diesel Exhaust Fluid into the exhaust stream. The ammonia (NH3) generated in this process within the SCR catalyst subsequently converts the nitric oxides (NO and, respectively, NO2) in the exhaust gas into environmentally compatible nitrogen (N2) and water vapor (H2O).
BMW has developed a two-tank system for DEF ensuring convenient use of this new technology with all the benefits and ease required by the customer: The amount of DEF required in each case is drawn from the active tank comprising approximately 1.6 gallons by means of a dosage pump. And since the urea solution would freeze at a temperature of 12.2o F (−11oC), this active tank, as well as the dosage pipes are heated.
Common-rail direct fuel injection. One of the most important innovations of recent diesel development, this has replaced the individual-cylinder or distributor-type injection systems of earlier diesel engines.
Common Rail (CR) means that a single, very high-pressure fuel-delivery pump supplies all cylinders, the fuel traveling along a common “rail” or distributor line. From there, fuel is injected at extremely high pressure (180 bar/2645 lb./sq in.) directly into the cylinder.
The basic novelty of common-rail injection was to divorce the production of fuel pressure from the actual injection process; this was necessary to give the diesel engine what gasoline engines have long had, namely completely electronically controlled fuel injection. CR also facilitates multiple injections per combustion cycle. In all, this was a breakthrough that made possible dramatic strides in diesel power, efficiency and emission control.
Sequential Twin Turbo technology. In contrast to the two small, equal-size turbochargers of BMW’s twin-turbo gasoline engines, the diesel employs two turbos of different sizes.
At low engine speeds, intake air does pass through the large turbo, but it’s the smaller, lower-inertia one that does the air compressing (turbocharging). Thanks to its optimum efficiency within this rpm range, it provides effective boost for driving from a standstill up to modest acceleration rates and driving speeds. So it is that this engine develops a good 390 lb-ft. of torque at as low as 1500 rpm – a remarkable achievement that will amaze first-time X5 xDrive35d drivers and continue to thrill those who drive this BMW regularly.
With increasing engine speed, the larger turbocharger begins to take over: first as a pre-compressor for the smaller one, then progressively until it becomes the primary turbo. The engine reaches its maximum of 425 lb-ft. by 1750 rpm, then maintains this immense torque level until 2250 rpm going on to reach its peak power of 265 hp at 4200 rpm.
BluePerformance technology by BMW: reduced emissions without additional service appointments.
The active tank is connected to a second reservoir, the so-called passive tank. With its additional capacity of approximately 4.5 gallons, this passive tank offers a plentiful supply of the urea solution required within the SAV. The average range provided on this supply capacity is indeed sufficient to have the tank system replenished as part of normal scheduled maintenance.
From the active tank DEF is delivered to the dosing valve and atomized into the exhaust emissions. Consistent distribution of DEF within the flow of exhaust emissions is ensured by the SCR mixer. The ammonia generated in this way in the hot emission gas subsequently acts in the SCR catalyst as a reduction agent and converts environmentally harmful nitric oxides into nitrogen and water vapor in a process referred to as selective catalytic reduction.
This process gives the special SCR catalyst its name with the SCR system as such being masterminded by highly efficient engine management. A nitric oxide sensor, finally, provides information on the concentration of NOX in the exhaust emissions.
The large amount of DEF provided in the reservoir enables the customer to go on driving as before without having to change service intervals or observe any particular requirements, thus benefiting from the advantages of this environmentally friendly emission technology throughout the entire running life of the car without any additional service or visits to the workshop. During the first four years or 50,000 miles, the replenishment of DEF will be covered as part of the BMW Scheduled Maintenance program: not only will there be no additional inconvenience, but no addition cost during that period.
Driver Assistance Features, Options, and Accessories.
BMW has made the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle a hallmark for drivers who wish to personalize their ride. Therefore, an excellent selection of optional features has been available since the original X5 was launched in the 2000 model year. Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go becomes available for the first time on the X5 in the 2011 model year, as does Lane Departure Warning. Active Steering, running boards, Head-Up Display, 4-zone automatic climate control, rear seat entertainment system, side-view cameras, top-view camera, Nappa Leather seats, Nappa Leather-covered dashboard and center console, Comfort Access with keyless entry, and smartphone integration are just a few of the available options.
BMW iDrive, 4th generation: new graphics and controls.
- New controller concept, high-resolution 8.8-in. control display.
- Optimized menu structures, high-resolution graphics, expanded range of functions.
- Greater convenience and more intuitive operation via direct-select keys at the controller, plus more Programmable Memory Keys.
More intuitive operation, expanded functions.
With the 2002 7 Series, BMW initiated a new direction in the control of vehicle features and functions; via a multi-menu color display and a mouse-like controller usable by driver and passenger alike, a potentially crowded landscape of buttons and knobs was supplanted by a computer-logic control path.
An overarching attribute of iDrive was the separation of control (via the console controller) and display (the centrally placed iDrive monitor). This basic arrangement remains; the controller has been further developed and the display has evolved markedly.
Positioned centrally in the instrument panel, the new control display sets higher standards for logical, readily understood menus and attractive graphics. The controller has been refined for comfortable, intuitive selection and activation of functions via standardized turn, push and tilt motions, while being augmented with new direct-selection keys for specific menus, plus more of the Programmable Memory Keys that were added to the system.
Greater functionality, satisfying to use: controller with direct-selection keys.
Benefiting from the newest biomechanics R&D, the state-of-the-art controller operates with tactile precision and clearly structured motions. New control elements, menu schemes and graphic representations in the control display become evident upon first use, yet user appreciation grows over the longer term. A graphic depiction of the controller in the display itself helps orient the user to the next control step; the rotation, pressing and tipping motions generally correspond to those of a computer mouse.
Thus interpreted, rotation of the controller takes the user through menu selections; pressing it makes the choice. Tilting the controller to the left or right effects navigation through various menu levels. Via clear graphic organization in the form of stacked layers and onscreen depiction of controller movements, the user enjoys highly intuitive navigation. All menus are structured according to a consistent scheme, so that one is almost immediately at ease; menus are broad so that the user can view relatively numerous options without switching to another level. Also, functions are arranged so that in longer-term use the most important options are reached more rapidly.
An additional new refinement is four direct-selection keys, placed adjacent to the controller, for the most frequently used menus. These allow quick selection of CD, radio, phone and navigation menus, and are augmented by three further keys of general utility: one takes the user directly to the start menu (MENU), one to the most recently active menu (BACK), and the third (OPTION) presents various options within the current area. Thus searches are likely to be shorter, or unnecessary.
Familiar and proven, yet now more useful: Programmable Memory Keys.
An iDrive enhancement recently introduced in various BMW models represents a further user convenience: Programmable Memory Keys. Lined up above the audio controls, these allow the user to capture and store favorite or frequently used functions (radio stations, phone numbers, navigation destinations for example) on various keys and recall them instantly. The stored functions can be as specific and detailed as a navigation map in the preferred scale or an audio balance setting. And because the keys are sensitive not just to being pressed but also to being merely touched, one can see the stored function on the control display by lightly touching the key. If it’s the right one, the user need only press the key and it’s there, ready to use.
High-resolution display, preview maps and full-screen images.
With its 8.8-in., high-resolution monitor, the new iDrive displays remarkably attractive images. It’s a system appropriate to the vehicle it’s in, achieved via up-to-date hard- and software. White-on-black menu lists; effective symbols and icons; contemporary graphics; and clear, consistent color-coding are among the elements that enhance not only function but also esthetics.
Menu structures, too, make finding desired functions easier. In the Start Menu, all functional areas served by iDrive are listed. Selecting a given item leads to its menu layer, where the options of that level are also listed. This consistency in navigation assists in orienting the user, as does the “stacking” of menu layers in the display. Visual assists further contribute to clarity. And if the user gets to a place where he or she didn’t mean to be, the Back key usually reverses the error.
Convenient combination of voice entry and controller operation.
Yet, another iDrive innovation is its ability to combine voice and controller entry called Multi-mode Input. The user can go back and forth between the two methods, while actually inputting; indeed, voice recognition can remain active during input via controller and the user can modify an input via voice. Voice recognition – BMW calls it Voice Command – is activated by its function key on the steering wheel, and de-activated either upon completion of the action or by pressing the key again. Voice Command is simplified by visual display of the available commands, yet its capabilities go further in that numerous synonyms of these commands are also recognized.
This newly enhanced iDrive introduces a very significant step forward in the operation of automotive features and functions. Greater efficiency, improved logic and clear, attractive displays help define and advance the X5’s unique product character.
Strong body structure provides the platform for an innovative suspension
An intensively engineered body structure heightens the X5’s capabilities in virtually all respects with only a relatively modest increase in weight. Choice of materials, arrangement and shapes of reinforcing elements, plus distribution of masses front-to-rear and bottom-to-top were all considered in the development of a structure that improves on the original X5’s remarkable capabilities—with respect to handling ability, riding comfort and passive safety.
This structure makes up the foundation for the X5’s new suspension system, which consists of a double wishbone multi-link front suspension. In place of the traditional strut, this new system has an upper lateral A-arm. The double-pivot lower arms are retained, so that on each side there are three links or arms. While the two lower arms preserve the advantages of the double-pivot strut system, the new upper arms increase the engineers’ ability to optimize the system’s handling and riding comfort.
The original system provided a number of benefits, including excellent steering feel and control, outstanding straight-line stability, and excellent steering return coming out of turns. The design also provided generous space for large brakes—a BMW tradition.
The system accommodates all these requirements while providing a number of benefits of its own. By isolating the shock from lateral forces, the new system reduces friction and improves ride and handling. The anti-roll bars in this new design mount to the wheel carriers instead of the suspension arms, which increases their effectiveness and allows for smaller, lighter weight bars. Finally, the design allows more flexibility in both shock absorber tuning and suspension geometry.
Enhancing the front suspension is a variable-ratio power steering unit, which quickens steering ratio as the wheels are turned farther from their on-center position. This fine-tunes steering response and reduces the amount of turning required at the steering wheel in tight corners or parking maneuvers.
Complementing this front suspension is a multi-link rear suspension. This already sophisticated system has been adapted to the new X5’s weight, higher performance, run-flat tires and BMW’s own evolving standards of ride and handling. The X5 features aluminum upper and lower lateral arms and wheel carriers to reduce weight. More importantly, the reduction is in unsprung weight, which reduces inertia so the wheels can respond more accurately to uneven road surfaces. Finally, a wide front and rear track on the X5 improves agility, while a longer wheelbase improves ride and increases interior space.
Unique in the segment: Active Steering and AdaptiveDrive.
The BMW X5 was the first vehicle in its class to offer Active Steering as an option. This advanced system developed by BMW offers the right steering ratio at all speeds. Up to a speed of approximately 55 mph, steering behavior is more direct, meeting the requirements for spirited driving. Another advantage is that the driver only has to turn the steering wheel twice from lock to lock. At higher speeds, on the other hand, the Active Steering transmission is more indirect, enhancing the directional stability of the vehicle and, accordingly, driving comfort.
Active Steering, when ordered, is combined in the new BMW X5 with Servotronic assist for optimal power steering boost at all speeds. Active Steering can also help to stabilize the X5 should the driver experience the onset of oversteer or understeer in a bend or in particularly demanding brake maneuvers. When applying the brakes on surfaces with varying frictional coefficients (split-friction braking), for example, Active Steering precisely, but discreetly, countersteers to help the X5 stop in a sure and straight line.
Carefully coordinated interaction of the anti-roll bars and shock absorbers by way of AdaptiveDrive, part of the optional Sport Package, is equally unique in the X5’s segment. This combination of Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control gives the new BMW X5 a standard of handling capability and ride quality never seen before in a vehicle of this kind. Using sensors, AdaptiveDrive constantly monitors and calculates data on the road speed of the vehicle, its steering angle, straight-line and lateral acceleration, body and wheel acceleration, as well as height levels. Then, based on this information, the system controls both the swivel motors on the anti-roll bars and the electromagnetic shock-absorber valves, controlling body roll and damping as required at all times. By simply pressing a button, the driver can choose either a sporting or a more comfortable basic setting of AdaptiveDrive.
Wheels, tires and brakes: keeping the X5 rolling
BMW’s evolving standards are clearly evident in the wheels, tires and brakes on the new X5. All three factors play significant roles in the ride, handling and safety, so all three received significant attention.
Like the rest of BMW’s 2011 lineup, the X5’s Dynamic Stability Control continues to include a range of new braking features: Brake Drying, Brake Stand-by, Brake Fade Compensation and Start-off Assistant. These are in addition to the previously standard Hill Descent Control and trailer stabilization, which have been a part of the X5’s DSC since the vehicle’s introduction.
Maintaining a BMW tradition, each model offers a variety of wheel and tire options. All models come standard with 18-in. wheels and tires. The new X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity model features 20-inch wheels and tires. It is available with an M Sport Package which includes mixed-sized 20-inch wheels with performance tires. Both the X5 xDrive35d and the new X5 xDrive50i offer a Sport Activity Package which includes 19-inch wheels and tires. The package may be upgraded to include mixed-sized 20-inch wheels with performance tires. The X5 xDrive50i is also available with an M Sport Package which also includes 19-inch wheels and tires and an upgrade to mixed-sized 20-inch wheels with performance tires.
Every 2011 X5 also comes with BMW’s run-flat system, which consists of self-supporting tires and wheel rims shaped to help keep a flat tire securely in place. The run-flat system has been further developed for the more-severe driving conditions appropriate to the versatile X5. These tires allow continued driving at speeds up to 50 mph on a completely flat tire for up to 90 miles, depending on the vehicle load.
Another element of the new X5 tire/wheel equipment is the Tire Pressure Monitoring system. Pressure in each individual tire is measured directly and monitored via telemetry. If pressure in any tire drops by 25% or more, this is indicated to the driver by a warning in the instrument cluster.
xDrive: enhancing X5’s traction, agility and safety
Like other current all-wheel-drive BMWs, the X5 incorporates BMW’s advanced xDrive all-wheel drive and traction system. xDrive operates as follows:
- The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully open, fully engaged or at any level of partial engagement in between. The torque split between rear and front wheels is thus steplessly variable.
- Engagement pressure on the multi-disc clutch is directed by an electronic control system in response to actual road and driving conditions.
- Driving torque is always transmitted to the rear wheels, and most of the time to all four wheels. Normal torque split is 60% rear/40% front.
The X5 marks a significant evolution in xDrive capabilities, which has always depended upon a networking of Dynamic Stability Control and the xDrive system. With the overall Integrated Chassis Management system, all three control circuits work in parallel. This refined interaction achieves even quicker reactions to changing driving conditions and enhances xDrive’s already outstanding handling dynamics.
Comfort and convenience: the definition of luxury
The 2011 X5 provides the ideal setting for expanding interior and cargo volume, with an array of new amenities and upgrading the general level of technology enjoyed by the driver and passengers.
Typical for BMW SAVs® is the X5’s “semi-command” driving position, which affords an optimum view of the instrument panel and a feeling of control and driving pleasure. The instrument cluster and center-dash controls and displays are oriented slightly toward the driver, as is the electric transmission selector. At the same level is the iDrive monitor. As always in a BMW, controls are grouped logically and conveniently, and are optimally accessible to the driver. Those likely to be operated by the front passenger are just as accessible from that seat as well.
Standard power seats include power head-restraint adjustment, making them 10-way adjustable. The driver’s-seat memory includes steering wheel and exterior mirror settings. Sport seats, of course, are available in the optional Sport Package. 20-way multi-contour front Comfort Seats are also available either as a stand-alone option or as part of the optional Active Ventilated Seats Package.
Storage and control
The center console includes a forward compartment, containing two large cupholders, storage, ashtray, cigarette lighter/power outlet, and auxiliary audio input. The dual left/right armrest lids can be opened and closed separately, so one side can function as an armrest while the other is open. In addition, the console contains the iDrive controller, an accessory power outlet in main storage compartment, and the button to set and release the new electro-hydraulic parking brake.
A passenger airbag positioned closer to the windshield allows for a larger glove compartment. Its 2-door design – upper door opening upward, lower door opening downward – improves access, while its position gives users a good view of its contents. At the touch of a button to the compartment’s left, the doors open electrically; they are closed manually. The compartment is locked by the central locking system.
Standard audio system
The standard audio system for the 2010 X5 includes 12 speakers, along with greater audio power, two subwoofers in BMW’s patented underseat positions, and a new speaker configuration for optimized sound distribution in the interior. For the 2010 model, HD radio has been made standard. The system also provides a single-disc CD player, MP3-CD capability, separate audio input, RDS and Weatherband. With BMW Assist, the system also provides Bluetooth connectivity and audio muting for phone use.
The X5 also offers a range of audio options, including a Premium Sound Package, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a Rear Entertainment System. These are described under
Packages & options.
Upholstery & trim
Leatherette continues as the standard upholstery in the 35i and 35d models, and is once again available in Sand Beige or Black. The Nevada leather upholstery, standard in the 50i and optional in the 35i and 35d (as part of the Premium Package or a stand-alone option), is available in Sand Beige, Black, Tobacco or Saddle Brown. Optional Nappa Leather now includes a Leather Wrapped Dashboard. Also available is Nevada Perforated leather, mandatory in vehicles equipped with Active Seat Ventilation. The perforations appear on the front seats’ center portions; Nevada Perforated leather is a stand-alone option and available only in Sand Beige or Black.
The X5’s interior also includes premium materials on the door panels, dashboard and controls. In addition, a variety of trim materials are available on the X5, including Dark Burl Walnut Wood (standard), Light Poplar Wood, or Dark Bamboo wood.
Rear seating: two or three rows
The X5’s folding 2nd-row seats contribute to the great variety of people- and cargo-carrying configurations that are available in this superbly practical vehicle. Standard features include flush-folding seats for a flat cargo floor, with a fold-up center armrest incorporating dual cupholders. Safety features include head restraints and 3-point safety belts at all three seating positions. 3rd-row seating is described under Packages & options.
Cargo area: increased capacity and expanded versatility
The X5’s large in storage capacity has been achieved partly by the X5’s greater length, partly by its greater height, and partly by a lower cargo floor made possible by omission of space for a full-size spare wheel and tire. Yet this underfloor space is sufficient to fold the optional 3rd-row seat flat into the floor.
An 18-in. space-saver spare wheel and tire is available only as a stand alone option. Because the road tires are run-flat, users may decide to remove the spare tire upon occasion to utilize the full cargo space. A 2-piece tailgate provides access to the rear compartment. The upper portion includes a Soft Close feature for added convenience. The lower section provides a low, 30-in. loading height.
Safety & security: proven technology meets innovation
BMW’s longstanding emphasis on both active and passive safety systems is long established. Anti-lock brakes, Dynamic Stability Control and the Head Protection System all illustrate the emphasis BMW has placed on the safety of its customers through the years. The X5 relies on proven systems and the latest safety technology to help protect its occupants.
Many so-called convenience features—such as Head-up Display, Comfort Access, Automatic Headlight Control or Park Distance Control—also provide a degree of safety or security, even though that might not be their primary function. Some of the active safety features found on the X5 include:
Automatic Stability Control (ASC). This term refers to the fact that when DSC reduces engine power to head off wheelspin, its effect is felt at all four wheels because all four are driven.
Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X). When any individual wheel begins to lose traction and reducing engine power doesn’t bring it under control, DSC applies that wheel’s brake as necessary to stop the wheelspin.
Hill Descent Control (HDC). Helps the driver maintain speed and stability on steep downhill runs.
Trailer stabilization. Detects unstable swinging motion of towed trailer; applies vehicle brakes selectively and reduces vehicle speed to less than the critical speed for the trailer’s swinging.
Enhanced DSC: In addition to the traditional functions of Dynamic Stability Control, this new system includes several new features:
- Dynamic Traction Control. By raising the threshold for wheelspin and eliminating brake intervention, DTC can improve utilization of available road traction under specific conditions: on sand, gravel, deep snow, or packed snow; climbing hills with deep or packed snow; when there is deep snow on only one side of the road; when driving with tire chains. Activated or de-activated by a button at dash center.
- Brake Fade Compensation. As brake temperature rises, Brake Fade Compensation automatically increases the hydraulic pressure in the brake system relative to pedal application, so the driver does not have to press harder on the pedal.
- Brake Standby. When the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal abruptly, DSC recognizes that sharp braking may be about to occur and applies just enough pressure in the brake system to snug up the pads against the rotors. This minimizes the response time of the braking system.
- Brake Drying. Acting on input from the rain sensor (an element of the rain-sensing windshield wipers), the pads are periodically brought up to the rotors to eliminate any film of water between pads and rotors.
- Start-off Assistant. Keeps the vehicle from rolling backward for approximately 1.5 seconds after the driver releases the brakes when stopped facing uphill.
- Modulated ABS function. Thanks to improved control of the DSC brake valves, the ABS function is smoother than before. Instead of simply being fully applied and released, the application and release of these valves are now modulated.
Passive safety features: much more than airbags
When many consumers think about vehicle safety, their first thought is airbags. As critical as these safety features are, there are far more considerations involved in occupant safety. The X5 set a new standard for the class in this regard, just as it did in active safety.
In developing the X5 structure, BMW set out to exceed the demands of the world’s most stringent governmental safety regulations, by minimizing impact loads on the occupants and by keeping the passenger space as intact as possible in many severe crash scenarios. Among the specific goals were –
- Achieving excellent results in the Euro-NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) offset frontal crash test, in which 40% of the vehicle’s width impacts a fixed barrier at 40 mph.
- Meeting the recently introduced U.S. FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) 301, which specifies a brutal 50-mph rear-end offset crash. This impact is taken by 70% of the test vehicle’s width; not only must stringent injury criteria be met, but the fuel system must remain free of leaks. With or without the available 3rd-row seating, the new X5 Series meets this extremely demanding safety standard.
- Meeting the also relatively new IIHS “SUV side-impact” test, in which an impact from a tall vehicle at 50 km/h (31.1 mph) is simulated.
- Withstanding the Euro-NCAP side-impact test, in which a vertical pole is pushed into the vehicle side at 29 km/h (about 18 mph); this test simulates a vehicle sliding sideways into a tree or telephone pole.
Reaching those goals required diligent efforts in designing the X5 body structure, with particular emphasis on overall structural rigidity of the passenger compartment; selection of materials such as aluminum or high-strength steel; energy absorption and deformation paths; and component placement. Specific considerations and testing included both 5- and 7-passenger configurations of the X5. The results affected everything from the overall body structure to the design of an all-new steering column.
The system featured on the X5 is an outgrowth of BMW’s work in designing rollover protection systems for its convertibles. In the X5, the Rollover Sensor is networked with the vehicle’s Dynamic Stability Control, which delivers data on lateral acceleration (“cornering”) and any possible skidding. The Rollover Sensor measures the body’s angle along its longitudinal axis, and the rate at which that angle is changing. Additionally, acceleration data in two directions are measured to test the plausibility of a rollover. On the basis of these measurements, an algorithm determines if the vehicle is about to roll over. If this is the case, the front and rear Head Protection System is deployed on both sides, and all safety belts with tensioners are tensioned.
Safety belts & airbags
As with all BMWs, 3-point safety belts are supplied for all seating positions, including the optional 3rd row. Likewise, all positions include force limiters, as well as adjustable head restraints. Front seats also include belt tensioners, along with dual-stage front airbags and seat-mounted (instead of the previous door-mounted) side-impact airbags. BMW’s curtain-type Head Protection System covers front and 2nd-row seats. Front airbags are configured to optimize their 2-stage, accident-severity-dependent deployment characteristics, inflated shape, and interaction with surrounding surfaces and components. The X5’s body structure makes the previously available rear side-impact airbags unnecessary.
Packages & options: new content and packages complement familiar features
The new model structure for the X5 xDrive35i streamlines ordering by including items that would previously been included in option packages. In place of the previous Sport Package, the 2011 X5 features the choice of a Sport Active or M Sport Package.
Sport Activity Package: Available for the 35d and 50i – it includes 19-inch wheels, Sport seats, Shadowline exterior trim, Sport steering wheel and anthracit headliner. Both models offer the separate option of 20-inch wheels with performance tires. Comfort Seats are an additional option here for both models.
M Sport Package: Available for the 35i Sport Activity and the 50i – it includes Adaptive Drive (which combines Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control), aluminum roof rails, sport seats, M steering wheel, Shadowline exterior, Anthracite headliner, M exterior body kit, increased top-speed limiter. The package includes mixed-sized 20-inch wheels and performance tires on the 35i Sport Activity. On the 50i, the package includes 19-inch wheels with performance tires, with an available upgrade to 20-inch wheels and tires.
Convenience Package: On the base 35i model, this package consists of the Panoramic moonroof, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, choice of wood interior trim, Ambiance lighting and BMW Assist with Bluetooth.
On the 35i Premium and 35i Sport Activity models, it includes Power tailgate, Universal transmitter, manual rear side window shades, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, front lumbar supports, Digital compass mirror, 4-zone automatic climate control, Ambiance lighting and BMW Assist with Bluetooth.
Active Ventilated Seats Package: Available for the 35i Premium and Sport Activity models, as well as the 35d and 50i models. Includes 20-way adjustable Multi-contour front seats, Active driver’s seat, ventilated front seats and Perforated Nevada leather upholstery.
Cold Weather Package: Not available on the base-model X5 xDrive35i. The package has been simplified to include retractable headlight washers, heated steering wheel, and heated front seats.
Premium Package: Available for the 35d and 50i models. Both include 4-way power lumbar support on the front seats; Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors; digital compass; BMW Universal Transceiver; Ambiance Lighting package; Automatic Tailgate; Storage package; BMW Assist with a 4-year subscription and Bluetooth cellphone interface. The 35d also adds Nevada leather and the electrically adjusted steering column, both of which are standard on the 50i.
Premium Sound Package: Available for the 35d and 50i models – includes Premium sound system with 16 speakers, iPod/USB Adapter and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Rear Climate Package: Available for the 35d and 50i models – 4-zone climate control, manual rear sunshades and Privacy Glass. Included in the Convenience Package available for the 35i Premium and Sport Activity models.
Technology Package: Available for the 35i Premium and Sport Activity models, as well as the 35d and 50i models – includes Park Distance Control, Rearview camera with top-view, Navigation with Voice Command and Real Time Traffic Information with dynamic rerouting.
Active Cruise Control: Newly available on the X5 for 2011. The system enables the driver to maintain a set distance from the car in front by modulation either the throttle or the brakes. The Stop-and-Go function is capable of braking the X6 down to a full stop if required.
Lane Departure Warning: Also newly available for the X5 for the 2011 model year. When activated, the system sends an alert when the vehicle crosses a lane’s dividing line without the driver signaling. As in other BMWs, the system vibrates the steering wheel rather than sounding an alarm, simulating the sensation the driver would feel when driving over a rumble strip.
Side-view camera: Newly available on the X5 for 2011. Provides an image of traffic crossing in front of the vehicle from either side.
Adaptive Drive: It is included in the M Sport Package, but is now available as a stand-alone option. It combines BMW’s Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control.
Active Steering: Available for the 50i models as well as 35i Premium and Sport Activity models. Active Steering varies steering ratio widely to achieve amazing agility at lower speeds while retaining stability at higher speeds. The system includes Servotronic vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist.
Automatic High Beams: Automatically switches off high beams when oncoming headlights are detected, switching them back on when the vehicle has passed.
Comfort Access: Allows the owner to enter and start the X5 without removing the remote from his or her pocket.
Aluminum running boards: Dresses up the exterior and enables easier entry and exit from the vehicle.
Multi-contour Front Comfort Seats: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Active Ventilated Seats Package, these seats offer 20-way adjustability.
Heated front seats: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Cold Weather Package, these front seats offer 4 heating zones, rapid heating and 3-stage heating.
Rear-seat heating: Provides 3-stage heating for the 2nd-row seats.
3rd-row seating: Adds 3rd seating row to accommodate two additional passengers. The 3rd-row seats fold flush into floor, and the option includes adjustable 2nd-row seating with flush-fold function and easy-entry to 3rd row. Both rows fold to provide a completely flat cargo floor. The option includes the self-leveling rear suspension.
Park Distance Control: Available as a stand-alone option on the 35d and 50i or as part of the Technology Package, Park Distance Control adds a visual display in the iDrive monitor.
BMW On-board Navigation System: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Technology Package, Navigation system includes the 4th generation iDrive controller and new 8.8-in. high resolution screen. The new system includes an 80-GB hard drive for data and music storage. Real Time Traffic Information with dynamic rerouting continues to be part of the system.
Head-up Display: Driver can read key information with minimal diversion. Includes variable brightness and positioning; can be turned off or on as desired.
Premium Sound: Now a stand-alone option on the 35i Premium and Sport Activity models. Includes 16 –speakers.
Sirius Satellite Radio: Integrated into vehicle audio system, Sirius provides 120 stations with uninterrupted programming.
iPod/USB Adapter: Enables an MP3 player to be played through the vehicle’s audio system. This option fully integrates an iPod’s functionality into the audio system and multifunction steering wheel and enables non-iPod MP3 players and thumbdrives to be used as well.
Smartphone Integration: A connection and docking station provide full integration of a smartphone, while reception is provided through the vehicle’s built-in antenna. Charging is also provided while the phone is connected.
Rear-seat Entertainment System: Includes an 8.0-inch rear TFT screen with controller, DVD player and infra-red wireless headphones. Also includes wireless remote control and wireless headphones.
Nevada leather: Available as a stand-alone feature or as part of the 30i and 35d Premium Package; Nevada leather is standard on the 48i. Perforated Nevada leather is also available and must be ordered when the Active Ventilated Seats Package is ordered.
Nappa leather: This exquisite and supple leather is available as an option on all models except the base 35i. It is available with an upgrade with a Leather Wrapped Dashboard and center console.
Roof rails: Now available as a stand-alone option or as part of the M Sport Package.
BMW AssistTM: See description below.
BMW Ultimate ServiceTM:
Providing owners with incredible value and peace of mind
The 2011 BMW X5 will feature BMW Ultimate ServiceTM, a suite of services that includes the BMW Maintenance Program (formerly called Full Maintenance), Roadside Assistance and the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. BMW AssistTM with TeleService is part of the optional Premium Package or can be ordered separately as a stand-alone option.
BMW Ultimate ServiceTM includes:
The BMW Maintenance Program is the only no-cost maintenance program in the industry that covers wear and tear items like brake pads and rotors for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. BMW owners pay nothing for all scheduled inspections, oil changes, brake pads, wiper blade inserts and other wear-and-tear items.
BMW Roadside Assistance is one of the industry’s most comprehensive plans available. Not only is it no-charge for the first four years, but there is no mileage limit. BMW drivers enjoy the assurance of on-the-road help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. This includes everything from flat tire changes, emergency gasoline and lock-out assistance, to towing, alternative transportation and even trip-interruption benefits. This service also includes valuable trip routing advice.
BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty: All 2011 BMW passenger vehicles are covered by BMW’s excellent Limited Warranty, which includes:
- New-vehicle warranty – four-year/50,000-mile coverage of the vehicle.
- Rust-perforation warranty – 12-year/unlimited-mileage coverage.
BMW AssistTM provides the driver with services that enhance on-the-road security and convenience, for added peace of mind. The BMW Assist and Bluetooth® System is included in the Premium Package or available as a stand-alone option. BMW includes the Safety Plan for 4 years at no additional cost. BMW is the only manufacturer that offers this duration of service as other manufacturers only include the first year of service. The BMW Assist Safety Plan is a subscription based service that is subject to certain limitations.
The in-vehicle equipment for BMW Assist includes GPS technology and hands-free communication functions to deliver emergency and other services, accessed via buttons in the overhead or center console. The BMW Assist system transmits the location and vehicle information to the BMW Assist Response Center. A response specialist speaks with the vehicle occupants to coordinate dispatch, notify emergency contacts on file, and link BMW Roadside Assistance or emergency services as needed and/or requested. A severe accident automatically activates the Automatic Collision Notification function. The BMW Assist Safety Plan also includes Door Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Recovery services, which can save the owner time and money. New to BMW Assist is MyInfo, which allows users to send business listings and street addresses with associated phone numbers from the internet, directly to their BMW.
TeleService automatically notifies the BMW center when a vehicle will need service. A service advisor then proactively calls the customer to set up a convenient appointment and have the needed parts ready.
BMW Assist subscribers can also enroll in the BMW Assist Convenience Plan (available at an additional cost of $199 per year) to avail themselves of many BMW Assist concierge services, from finding the lowest fuel price or the best French restaurant in the area to information on flight arrival gates or times, as well as receive directions, and traffic and weather information. On 2007 and later models, a selected destination and its phone number can be sent directly to the BMW Navigation system (if so equipped) and the customer’s Bluetooth linked mobile phone, after a push of the Concierge menu option. Included is BMW Search, which allows those vehicles equipped with both the BMW Navigation and BMW Assist system to gain online access to the Google Maps database inside the vehicle to quickly find a desired business with just a key word. The Convenience Plan also includes Critical Calling, a service that can connect the driver to a requested party via a response specialist in case their mobile phone is not in the vehicle or its battery is discharged.
Lastly, the BMW Assist system includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with phonebook access and speech recognition for dialing by name or number via the steering wheel controls. Use of this feature requires a customer-provided compatible Bluetooth mobile phone. To learn more about BMW Assist, please visit www.bmwassist.com.
SAV and Sports Activity Vehicle are the registered trademarks for BMW light trucks.
Performance with a conscience
BMW strives to produce its motor vehicles and other products with the utmost attention to environmental compatibility and protection. Integrated into the design and development of BMW automobiles are such criteria as resource efficiency and emission control in production; environmentally responsible selection of materials; recyclability during production and within the vehicle; elimination of CFCs and hazardous materials in production; and continuing research into environmentally friendly automotive power sources. Tangible results of these efforts include the recycling of bumper cladding into other vehicle components; water-based paint color coats and powder clear coats; near-future availability of hydrogen-powered models; and various design and engineering elements that help make BMWs easier to dismantle at the end of their service life.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 336 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 100 MINI passenger car dealers, and 31 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com
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