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X5 - E53 (1999 - 2006)

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The New BMW X5 - major enhancements to the car that broke the mould

Following three years of sales success, including sales up by 32 per cent this year alone, BMW has announced enhancements to the BMW X5 that improve performance both on and off-road. The new model debuts in September 2003 at the Frankfurt Motorshow.

New engines - more power, more refinement
The X5 receives three new engines. Eight-cylinder power comes from a 4.4i V8, with a new high performance X5 4.8iS arriving in Spring 2004. BMW's latest six-cylinder 3.0 diesel engine is added to the line up, and is complemented by the 3.0i petrol engine carried over from the existing car.
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The new BMW 4.4i V8 engine features VALVETRONIC inlet control and Bi- Vanos valve timing and is mated to a new six-speed automatic gearbox with gear ratios tailored for the new X5. This combination has already set new standards of performance and refinement in the new BMW 7 Series. Developing 320 bhp (an increase of 34 bhp over the outgoing model), the X5 4.4i accelerates from 0 - 100 km/h in only 7.0 seconds (previously 7.5 seconds) before reaching a top speed of 238 km/h (up from 229 km/h) in its Sport guise.

With its combination of performance and economy, diesel power has proved a popular option: in fact it is the best-selling model in the UK. The new BMW X5 3.0d features the second-generation common rail diesel engine, producing 218 bhp (previously 184 bhp) and a huge 500 Nm of torque (up from 410 Nm). From standstill, 100 km/h is reached in 8.3 seconds (1.8 seconds faster than its predecessor) whilst still delivering 8.6 liter per 100km (32.8 mpg) on the combined cycle. Top speed is 208 km/h (up from 198 km/h), helped by the new six-speed manual gearbox featured as standard.



xDrive - action is better than reaction
BMW's new xDrive system enables the power and torque increases to be converted into usable traction in all driving situations. This completely new, intelligent four-wheel drive system, announced recently on the forthcoming X3, constantly varies drive between the front and rear axles, depending upon the traction requirements.
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Using information from the wheel sensors and data collected from the DSC stability system, including the yaw rate and steering angle, xDrive predicts any loss of traction or tyre slippage and reacts in a few milliseconds. A mid-mounted, electrically controlled multi-disc clutch is used to distribute drive constantly between the front and rear wheels, varying the torque delivery to the wheels which most require it. This could be in a dynamic driving situation or, off-road, on a slippery surface or incline.

This contrasts with the four-wheel drive system of the outgoing BMW X5 which works on the basis of a fixed front-to-rear drive ratio, and uses only DSC traction control for critical interventions




Subtly revised styling
Clothing the new drive train is a discreetly revised front and rear profile. The front of the car has been revised up to the A pillar, most noticeably the new headlamp units, with sweeping contours and integrated indicator lamps, that match the design language of other recently introduced BMW models. Also, in common with other models, illuminated headlamp rings form the sidelights on the new car.
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The bonnet has been redesigned, with sharper edges that run into the trademark double kidney grilles, that have also been reshaped and enlarged, lending a greater presence to the front view.

Also revised is the front valance section, with redesigned fog lamps and larger air intakes now divided in the centre by a continuation of the bonnet's strong lines.
At the rear, new transparent glass lamps complement the revisions to the front.

Safety excels - X5 gets five stars
The addition of the xDrive four-wheel drive system raises the levels of active safety on the new BMW X5 to a new high, as many more driving situations can now be taken in its stride. Passive safety has also received a boost, as the X5 was recently awarded a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP tests.

A number of BMW's new safety features are available on the new BMW X5. For the first time, Adaptive Headlamps come as an option, illuminating the road ahead in the direction that the car is travelling, rather than the direction the car is pointing. When twinned with Bi- Xenon headlamps and the car's ride height, unrivalled road illumination is guaranteed. Fitted as standard on all eight-cylinder models, Bi-Xenon headlamps are available as an option on six-cylinder vehicles.
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Greater levels of safety are also available when towing, thanks to BMW's new Trailer Stabilisation Control. As a function of the familiar Dynamic Stability Control system, sensors monitor and measure any dangerous pendulum motion from a swaying trailer and sensitively apply the brakes, automatically returning the trailer to a more stable condition.




The new high performance BMW X5 4.8is
BMW is enhancing the X5 success story by announcing details of the new X5 4.8is as well as a range of product enhancements across the X5 model line up. These additions supplement the new styling, engines, gearboxes and xDrive, BMW's new four-wheel drive system, that were introduced in December 2003.

The X5 4.8is will add further lustre to BMW's successful SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) story. The X5 commands some of the best residual values in the industry and achieved record in 2003. With its combination of V8 performance, practicality and road holding, the X5 4.8is is also expected to enhance the X5's existing levels of customer satisfaction. In 2003, both Top Gear and WHICH? magazine published surveys showing that X5 customers were more likely to recommend their car to a friend than any other model on the market.
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High performance in the marketplace is linked to high performance on and off the road, with the new X5 4.8is powered by a 4.8-litre V8 engine developing 360 bhp at 6,200 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. This engine is derived from the 2002 International Engine of the Year already fitted in the BMW X5 4.4i, BMW 545i SE, BMW 645Ci and BMW 745i models. Mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard, the new car powers from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 245 km/h. BMW's patented VALVETRONIC induction system and bi-VANOS camshaft timing technology ensure that fuel consumption is a relatively frugal 13.5liter per 100km (20.9mpg) on the combined cycle.

Externally, enhanced sporting styling to the front and rear valances differentiates the new BMW X5 4.8is from the standard X5. The new car also features a unique V-spoke alloy wheel with 9.5J x 20-inch wheels on the front and 10J x 20-inch wheels on the rear, fitted with 275/40 R20 and 315/35 R20 tyres respectively.

Colour also sets the car apart, with the 4.8is the only model in the X5 range available in Le Mans Blue and Imola Red. Also available are Titanium Silver, Sterling Grey and Black Sapphire. Inside, Cream Beige Nappa leather and Nappa leather / Alcantara trim are only available on the BMW X5 4.8is with Black Nappa leather also offered.
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Specifications for BMW x5 series e53

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW X5 3.0d LCI
X5 Series (E53)
SAV
2003
-
2006
Topspd: 215km/h
0-100km/h: 8.3s
80-120km/h*: 6.4s
City: 12 l/100km
Hway: 8 l/100km
Avg: 9.4 l/100km
Code: M57TU D30
2993cc - 6cyl / 24v
diesel
160kW / 218HP at 4000rpm
500Nm at 2000rpm
BMW X5 3.0d A
X5 Series (E53)
SAV
2001
-
2003
Topspd: 200km/h
0-100km/h: 10.1s
80-120km/h*: 8s
City: 12.3 l/100km
Hway: 8.2 l/100km
Avg: 8.7 l/100km
Code: M57 D29
2926cc - 6cyl / 24v
diesel
135kW / 184HP at 4000rpm
410Nm at 2000rpm
BMW X5 3.0i
X5 Series (E53)
SAV
1999
-
2003
Topspd: 205km/h
0-100km/h: 8.5s
80-120km/h*: 7.6s
City: 17.4 l/100km
Hway: 10 l/100km
Avg: 12.7 l/100km
Code: M54 B30
2979cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
170kW / 231HP at 5900rpm
300Nm at 3500rpm
BMW X5 3.0i LCI
X5 Series (E53)
SAV
2003
-
2006
Topspd: 210km/h
0-100km/h: 8.3s
80-120km/h*: 7.6s
City: 17.8 l/100km
Hway: 9.7 l/100km
Avg: 12.7 l/100km
Code: M54 B30
2979cc - 6cyl / 24v
petrol
170kW / 231HP at 5900rpm
300Nm at 3500rpm
BMW X5 4.4i
X5 Series (E53)
SAV
1999
-
2003
Topspd: 210km/h
0-100km/h: 7.5s
City: 18.8 l/100km
Hway: 11.1 l/100km
Avg: 13.9 l/100km
Code: M62TU B44
4398cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
213kW / 290HP at 5400rpm
440Nm at 3600rpm
BMW X5 4.4i LCI
X5 Series (E53)
SAV
2003
-
2006
Topspd: 235km/h
0-100km/h: 7s
City: 18.2 l/100km
Hway: 10.2 l/100km
Avg: 13.1 l/100km
Code: N62 B44
4398cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
235kW / 320HP at 6100rpm
440Nm at 3700rpm
BMW X5 4.6is
X5 Series (E53)
SAV
2002
-
2003
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.5s
City: 21 l/100km
Hway: 11.4 l/100km
Avg: 14.9 l/100km
Code: M62 B46
4619cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
255kW / 347HP at 5700rpm
480Nm at 3700rpm
BMW X5 4.8is LCI
X5 Series (E53)
SAV
2003
-
2006
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.1s
City: 18.7 l/100km
Hway: 10.5 l/100km
Avg: 13.5 l/100km
Code: N62 B48
4799cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
265kW / 360HP at 6200rpm
500Nm at 3600rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
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