BMW Group Australia is proud to announce pricing and specification of the all new BMW X5 range.

“Since its arrival, the BMW X5 has been a standard setter for the Large SUV segment,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Vikram Pawah.

“Now into its fourth generation, the X5 embodies the spirit of BMW in Sports Activity Vehicle form, with sophisticated looks, amazing technology, impressive performance and true off-road capability,” he said.

The all new BMW X5 will arrive in Australia in November 2018, with the launch range including the X5 xDrive30d and M50d M Performance variants.

BMW X5 range pricing*

BMW X5 xDrive30d $112,990*
BMW X5 M50d $149,900*

Assertive exterior creates a strong first impression

With clean yet strong lines highlighted by the assertive front-end design, the fourth generation BMW X5 SAV creates a bold first impression.

Short front and rear overhangs meld into sculptured character lines, while the modernised BMW Kidney Grille adds an imposing highlight, appearing to be sculptured out of a single element.

The fresh grille design also aids function of the air flap control that is located within. This control opens and closes independently, depending on the cooling system’s requirements, and thus maximises efficiency.

Distinctive lighting options add further to the all-new X5’s exterior presence.

Standard on the M50d is the latest generation BMW Laser headlight, which portrays a brilliant blue light in ‘X’ pattern; a modern interpretation of the traditional lighting array.

Moving to the rear, a three-dimensional, full LED lighting structure is evident and accentuates the strong character lines of the all new BMW X5. Trapezoidal exhaust finishers further strengthen the rear design.

A new Panorama glass sunroof is fitted as standard across the range and has 30 per cent more glass area than the predecessor, allowing more light into the cabin. Optionally, owners can equip the X5 with the ‘Sky Lounge’. Incorporating LED lighting graphics with approximately 15,000 illuminated

Stunning interior offers a new level of commanding luxury

Entering the all new BMW X5 introduces a fresh interior design language that combines high sophistication with the commanding driving position that BMW’s X range is renowned for.

The all new BMW X5 introduces the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which builds on BMW’s innovative infotainment reputation.

Strikingly, the interface uses two 12.3-inch high-resolution colour displays – one for the digital instrument cluster, the other as a ‘Control Display’ – which gives the appearance of merging into a single unit.

Live Cockpit Professional can be accessed via its touchscreen capability, the familiar iDrive Touch Controller, via natural voice control or with BMW’s Gesture Control.

This intuitive system is standard on all variants of the BMW X5.

A third-generation of BMW’s Head-Up Display integrates with Live Cockpit Professional to provide all the information a driver requires.

Crafted with high-quality materials, the interior design heralds a new ‘X’ interior design language.

Standard sports seats, electrically-adjustable with memory function, are trimmed in ‘Vernasca’ leather. The new seat frame provides a longer backrest, while side and backrest bolstering provide impressive lateral support.

A ‘Travel & Comfort’ system introduces 2 x USB connections in the front-row seat backrests, taking the total USB connections to four.

Refined dimensions further strengthen aesthetic, add practicality

Compared to its predecessor the all new BMW X5 is 36mm longer, 66mm wider and 19mm taller, while the wheelbase is an impressive 42mm more expansive. This latter figure particularly benefits accommodation for second-row occupants.

The rear tailgate splits into two sections, with each segment electronically actuated for the first time, easing access and aiding practicality. Luggage capacity is 645 litres, expanding to 1,860 litres with the second-row seats folded flat.

Optional suspension systems tailor ride and handling to suit

Augmenting the standard suspension offers are a number of alternatives.

Optioning the M Sport Package for the BMW X5 xDrive30d introduces sportier suspension settings with specific damper tuning. Comfort and Sport tunes are more dynamically focused.

Both BMW xDrive30d and M50d variants can be optioned with an Adaptive 2-axle air suspension package. This introduces a self-levelling pneumatic suspension setup that can be adjusted to five different ride height levels, with a total sweep of 80mm (40mm higher or lower than standard height).

This function is activated via the new ‘height control’ rocker switch that is located on the centre console. The rear of the vehicle can also be lowered via a lower tailgate button, to aid rear compartment loading.

Where conditions permit, this system can automatically lower the vehicle to maximise aerodynamics and stability at speeds above 140km/h.

A further development of the pneumatic system is unlocked via the new BMW xOffroad Package. Available exclusively for the xDrive30d, this combines the 2-axle air suspension layout with further electronically-controlled driving modes that are tuned for specific off-road situations.

Colours, trims and finishers to include BMW Individual options

The all new BMW X5 will be available in two non-metallic and five metallic exterior paints. In addition Sunstone Metallic, sourced from the BMW Individual collection, is also available.

Five no-cost option interior trim finishers, along with two BMW Individual options (fine-wood Ash Grain in high-gloss silver Grey, or Piano Black) provide further personalisation.

Fitted as standard across the range is high-quality ‘Vernasca’ leather upholstery in a choice of five colours. BMW Individual can also supply an extended ‘Merino’ leather upholstery in a range of four colours.

Finally, an impressive eight alloy road wheel choices are available for the xDrive30d. Fitted as standard with a 20-inch V-spoke in Bicolour ferric Grey, there are two no-cost 19-inch options, an alternate 20-inch for no cost and four 21-inch alternatives (at extra cost).

The imposing M50d comes standard with a 22-inch V-spoke in Cerium Grey, with two additional 22-inch options available at no cost. These two are also available for the xDrive30d.

BMW xOffroad Package makes its debut

Available on the xDrive30d, the BMW xOffroad Package makes its debut and is available from start of production.

Featuring aluminium underbody protection elements and the 2-axle air suspension system with an electronically-controlled rear differential lock, the xOffroad package also introduces an additional ‘off-road’ rocker switch to the centre console.

This rocker allows the driver to cycle through four specific modes, each with its own ride height, xDrive, steering, accelerator, transmission and DSC system specifics: xSand, xRocks, xGravel and xSnow.

Additional information is received to the cockpit via xView. Using the in-car Control Display, xView shows tilt angle, height setting and current off-road mode. Off-road specific camera perspectives aid all-round vision.

BMW X5 xDrive30d: The stalwart

The all new BMW X5 is introduced by the xDrive30d, the latest iteration of what is traditionally the most popular X5 variant in Australia.

Powered by the latest-generation 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, the xDrive30d generates an impressive 195kW and 620Nm of torque. Zero to 100km/h is achieved in 6.5 seconds. Variable turbine geometry and CommonRail direct injection ensure crisp response, performance and efficiency.

This impressive diesel engine is paired to an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox and drives all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system.

The new X5 xDrive30d’s chassis is offered as standard with a steel suspension system.

This double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension system features Dynamic Damper Control, which can be adjusted between Comfort and Sport modes at a touch of the Driving Experience Control cockpit switch.

Standard equipment for the BMW X5 xDrive30d includes:

  • Comfort Access system

  • Ambient Light with six configurable lighting arrays

  • Driving Assistant Professional, including:
  • Parking Assistant Plus, including Rear View Camera and 3D View
  • Connected Package Professional, including:
  • Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function
  • Front and rear Cross traffic warning
  • Steering and Lane Control Assistant
  • Lane keeping Assistant with Side Collision Warning Crossroads warning
  • Evasion Aid
  • Connected Package Professional, including:
    • Remote services, Real-time Traffic Information, Apple CarPlay and Concierge Services
  • Storage compartment package
  • ‘2.5’ zone Automatic air conditioning with auto recirculated air control, microfilter, active carbon filter and solar/fogging sensors
  • Through loading system with 40:20:40 split
  • DAB+ digital radio tuner
  • 10-speaker HiFi Loudspeaker system
  • Adaptive LED headlights with High beam assist
  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear LED taillights
  • Electric exterior mirrors, heated, with electric fold function
  • Interior mirror with anti-dazzle function
  • Rain sensor with automatic wiper and headlight activation

The X5 xDrive30d features the strong xLine trim package as standard:

  • 20-inch light alloy wheels, V-spoke style in Ferric Grey with run-flat tyres

  • Sport leather steering wheel

  • BMW Individual Exterior Line and roof rails in Aluminium satinated

  • Chrome kidney grille frame

  • Aluminium ‘Mesheffect’ dark interior trims

  • Satinised aluminium Air breather surround

  • Illuminated xLine door sill finishers, front

  • xLine-specific exterior air inlets

  • Dual chrome trapezoidal exhaust pipe finishers

  • Stainless steel-style underbody protection
  • xLine-specific key with chrome highlights

The renowned M Sport Package, which accounted for over 80 per cent of the predecessor model’s sales, is available for $4,000* (including LCT and GST).

M Sport Package highlights include:

  • 20-inch M light alloy wheels, Star-spoke style in Bicolour Orbit Grey with run-flat tyres

  • M Sport brakes

  • Adaptive M Suspension

  • BMW Individual roof rails in high gloss Shadow Line

  • Aluminium Tetragon interior trims

  • M Leather steering wheel

  • M Aerodynamics package

  • BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line exterior finishers

  • BMW Individual Anthracite headliner

  • M door sill finishers, front

  • M Sport pedals

  • M Specific instrument displays

  • Air Breather in high-gloss black

  • M Sport specific exhaust pipe finishers

  • M exterior designation

  • M Sport specific key with blue highlight

BMW X5 M50d: The performer

Joining the X5 xDrive30d in Australian showrooms from launch is the X5 M50d M Performance model.

Featuring a quad-turbocharged version of the 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, the M50d offers monstrous performance, peaking at 294kW and 760Nm for a zero-100km/h time of only 5.2 seconds.

Coupled to a specifically-tuned eight-speed sports automatic transmission and xDrive four- wheel drive system, the X5 M50d also adds an M Sport Differential for the rear axle to further aid traction and performance.

The BMW X5 M50d also benefits from a new Adaptive M Suspension Professional system, which includes cutting-edge anti-roll stabilisation as well as Integral Active Steering, the latter capable of steering the rear wheels for enhanced stability and agility.

Other key specification highlights above the xDrive30d include:

  • 22-inch M light alloy wheels, V-spoke style in M Bicolour

  • Soft-close door function

  • Four-zone Automatic air conditioning

  • BMW Individual leather instrument panel

  • Front cup holders with heat and cool functions

  • Seat lumbar support

  • Front seat heating

  • 16-speaker Harman/kardon Surround Sound system

  • BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam

  • Metallic Paint

  • M Sport brakes with blue calipers

  • M Aerodynamics Package

  • Cerium Grey ‘M Performance’ exterior elements

By model: Performance and efficiency

Model

Engine

Power / Torque

0- 100km/h

   Fuel Use

CO2

X5 xDrive30d

3.0L turbo 6-cyl diesel

   195kW/620Nm

6.5sec

TBC

TBC

X5 M50d

3.0L quad-turbo 6-cyl diesel

   294kW/760Nm

5.2sec

TBC

TBC

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the all new BMW X5 are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

With the Australian launch of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW Group has demonstrated its commitment to remaining at the forefront in the production of sustainable vehicles that deliver trademark BMW performance with low emission, fuel-efficient motoring. The first model to arrive here under the new iPerformance banner, the X5 xDrive40e is a showcase of the latest generation BMW plug-in hybrid technology that has been developed under the auspices of the company’s innovative BMW i brand.

Joining the X5 xDrive40e in May will be a second iPerformance model, the BMW 330e Sedan, with both new vehicles demonstrating the increasing transfer of cutting-edge technology developed for groundbreaking products like the BMW i8 sports car to a broader range of models.

Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Australia, Marc Werner, said the advanced technology developed by BMW i would be implemented in a growing range of models across the BMW lineup with the new iPerformance models providing a bridge for customers that wanted sustainable alternative-fuel vehicles but were still unsure about pure electric powertrains.

“The leading role of BMW i in terms of development is already being reflected in the increased scale of electrification in other models and the launch of the new X5 xDrive40e iPerformance model is only the beginning as BMW prepares to offer a broader variety of sustainable technologies for all our customers,” Werner said. “By combining a small yet powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine with a highly efficient electric motor, together with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and further fuel saving technologies, the BMW X5 xDrive40e delivers outstanding fuel consumption and low emissions without any sacrifice of BMW trademark driving pleasure.”

The X5 xDrive40e can operate on electric power alone with zero emissions for short urban commuting with a range of 31km with the intelligent hybrid powertrain control offering three modes of operation depending on driver requirements. Delivering all the versatility, luxurious ambience and style of BMW X models, the X5 xDrive40e pairs a 180kW/350Nm BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre four cylinder engine with an 83kW/250Nm synchronous electric motor that drives through BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive system – even in electric mode.

This advanced drivetrain is able to power the BMW X5 xDrive40e from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds, while returning a fuel consumption figure on the combined test of 3.3l/100km and CO2 emissions of 77g/km. In addition to its advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain, the X5 xDrive40e maintains typical BMW appeal with high levels of standard equipment. This includes BMW Connected Drive driver assistance systems, extensive connectivity and other services, practical interior design and luxurious fit and finish and characteristic style with a dynamic on-road presence.

Through BMW ConnectedDrive, the X5 xDrive40e gains other technologies to further its sustainability. These include an intelligent energy management function for the standard Navigation system Professional, a hybrid specific version of the BMW Remote app that allows checking the battery status and locating public charging stations, and instrument cluster and control display information tailored to the hybrid drive.

It also features model-specific tuning of the xDrive all-wheel drive chassis to ensure an optimal balance of ride comfort and dynamic handling.

The advanced high-voltage lithium-ion battery that supplies energy for the electric motor is able to be charged from a standard domestic power socket, via the high-speed and efficient BMW i Wallbox, or through the growing number of public charging stations.

BMW X5 xDrive40e in detail

 Powertrain

At the heart of the X5 xDrive40e is a plug-in hybrid powertrain that benefits from the expertise of BMW i gained through the development of the BMW i8 sports car. The powertrain combines a four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, a synchronous electric motor integrated with the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive technology to deliver effortless performance and supreme efficiency.

Incorporating renowned BMW technologies including a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control, the award-winning 2.0-litre petrol engine generates a maximum power of 180kW from 5000-6500rpm and peak torque of 350Nm between 1250 and 4800rpm.

The synchronous electric motor integrated with the 8-speed automatic transmission offers a maximum power output of 83kW with its 250Nm of torque available instantaneously providing outstanding acceleration whether from standstill or when a quick burst of speed is required. Providing energy for the electric motor, as well supplying power to the low-voltage battery for the X5’s 12v electrical system, is a high-voltage 9kWh lithium-ion battery pack housed underneath the rear luggage compartment.

Through the application of an intelligent powertrain control system that offers three driver-selectable modes of operation, the two power units are able to deliver optimal efficiency and performance according to road conditions and driving style.

These two factors also affect where the power is directed with the permanent xDrive all-wheel drive system providing fully variable distribution of the drive torque between the front and rear axles – even in purely electric mode - to ensure supreme traction, agility and handling stability in all weather and road conditions.

Operating in concert through the advanced powertrain control system, the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine and electric motor produce maximum outputs of 230kW and 450Nm, enough to propel the X5 xDrive40e from 0-100km/h in just 6.8 seconds before going on to a limited top speed of 210km/h. From an efficiency perspective, the plug-in hybrid powertrain delivers a fuel consumption on the combined test of just 3.3l/100km producing CO2 emissions of 77g/km.

The X5 xDrive40e can also, of course, be driven in purely electric mode producing zero emissions with a range of up to 31km and a limited top speed of 120km/h.

Smart software

While the state-of-the-art powertrain hardware provides the performance, it is the intelligent software control systems in the X5 xDrive40e that deliver the outstanding driving experience that can be extensively tailored to personal preferences or conditions. Managing the hybrid powertrain control is carried out via the eDrive button on the centre console that allows the driver to select from three modes – AUTO eDrive, MAX eDrive and SAVE Battery.

The default AUTO eDrive is automatically activated when the vehicle is started and allows the petrol engine and electric motor to work in tandem for optimal efficiency. Under normal acceleration, the vehicle starts off under electric power with the petrol engine cutting in at about 70km/h or when the driver requires sharper acceleration. In this mode, the intelligent management system automatically determines and adapts the energy mix for the most efficient drive combination at all times.

MAX eDrive is the purely electric mode with the car operating only on power from the electric motor for urban zero emission journeys of up to 31km, and at speeds up to 120 km per hour.

For selective use of the vehicle’s electric power, the SAVE Battery mode allows the driver to save or regenerate the battery’s energy level to be deployed when needed. For example on a longer journey, drivers may want to fully charge the battery on highway sections and then use electric-only mode when travelling through towns or cities.

In addition to the three powertrain control modes, the X5 xDrive40e is also fitted with Auto Stop/Start and the Driving Experience Control found on all BMW X5 models that offers a choice of COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO modes. The Driving Experience Control system automatically adjusts throttle and automatic transmission response, steering characteristics and the adaptive dampers to deliver a more comfortable, sporty or efficiency-oriented driving experience.

To further enhance the sustainability of the X5 xDrive40e, the ECO PRO mode also optimises energy consumption for features including the dual-zone automatic climate control and seat and mirror heating for increased efficiency. This mode also features a coasting function that shuts off the engine on overrun at speeds up to 160km/h to further save fuel.

Each Driving Experience Control mode can be paired with any of the three powertrain control modes to allow the powertrain and vehicle set-up to be specifically tailored to driver preferences and road conditions.

In addition, an eBOOST function gives maximum performance from the combination of both the petrol engine and electric motor for short spurts. Especially useful when overtaking, this combination gives high performance while utilising the efficiency and extra boost of the electric motor.

Helping to deliver the optimal balance of road comfort and sporting driving dynamics, the X5 xDrive40e combines Servotronic electric power steering with the standard Adaptive Suspension Package Comfort. This suspension package features Dynamic Damper Control together with a double wishbone front axle and automatic self-levelling rear air suspension that has been tuned specifically for the plug-in hybrid X5 model.

ConnectedDrive

BMW’s ConnectedDrive offers a combination of driver assistance, safety, communication and convenience technologies and in the new X5 xDrive40e, these have been tailored to complement the hybrid drive system and further improve efficiency and sustainability. The system also adds the location of public charging stations to its points of interest on the navigation map whenever guidance is activated.

Many of these features, as well as the ability to manage the vehicle’s battery charge through planning and real time data, can also be carried out remotely on a smartphone through the BMW Remote app available for IOS and Android operating systems. As well as the standard BMW Remote app functions such as remote locking/unlocking, ventilation control, headlight flash and Google local search and send-to-car function, the system offers additional hybrid-specific functions.

These include search and display of public charging stations, battery charge and vehicle range status, charge timer settings, efficiency evaluations of journeys travelled, distances driven on electric power and fuel saved, and climate control pre-conditioning. This latter feature uses the car’s auxiliary electrically-operated heating and cooling systems to pre-heat or cool the cabin of the X5 using either power from the battery or the electrical mains, when it is plugged in for recharging. Recharging the BMW X5 xDrive40e is carried out simply by plugging the recharging lead into a standard domestic power outlet that can fully charge the battery from flat in about 5 hours.

For faster and more efficient charging, under the BMW 360° Electric concept, the company also offers fast charging units that can be installed at the home. The BMW i Wallbox Pure enables the X5’s battery to be fully charged in about 2 hours and 30 minutes and provides a graphic display of the charging progress in the vehicle’s instrument cluster or via the BMW Remote app.

Through BMW’s partnership with ChargePoint, the X5 xDrive40e can also be charged at public charging facilities using the ChargeNow card. BMW ConnectedDrive also delivers a range of driver assistance and safety systems that include cruise control with braking function, BMW Head-Up Display, front and rear Park Distance Control, Parking Assistant and the camera-based Driving Assistant.

The Driving Assistant is a comprehensive package that incorporates Surround View with Rear, Top and Side View Cameras, High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Collision and Pedestrian warnings with Light City Braking Function. For pedestrian safety, the X5 xDrive40e also features a discreet drive sound when operating on electric power only at speeds of up to 30kmh to alert pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence.

With its built-in SIM card, the X5 xDrive40e’s ConnectedDrive services also provide access to internet and Concierge Services. It also ensures automated transmission of any service related data to the customer’s preferred BMW dealer through BMW TeleServices, and provides ongoing monitoring of the battery and any breakdown calls to Roadside Assistance.

For absolute safety and peace of mind, the system includes an Intelligent Emergency Call function that in the event of accident, automatically transmits vehicle location, accident severity and initiates a phone call for assistance to the BMW ConnectedDrive Call Centre to ensure rapid and effective response.

Form and function

Like all BMW X5 models, the X5 xDrive40e provides a stylish aesthetic that perfectly reflects its functionality and driver appeal with dynamic upright proportions, wide road hugging stance, big 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-Xenon headlights and aerodynamic details.

Complementing this is the Pure Experience exterior design theme that includes satin aluminium roof rails, twin trapezoidal tailpipes in a silver matt finish, underbody protection in brushed stainless steel, and front air intakes, the trademark BMW kidney grille, and accents on the rear bumper and side air intakes all finished in a silver matt colour.

Exclusive design touches on the model’s exterior however, clearly identify the BMW X5 xDrive40e as a classic sports activity vehicle while also making its unique hybrid capabilities plain to see. The most noticeable feature is the charging connection for the high-voltage battery located in the left front wing that features a blue light effect at the start of the charging process.

Subtle model badging on the lower front doors is complemented by an “eDrive” logo on the tailgate and doorsill strips, which also carry over the blue background colour theme.

Comfort and convenience

The design of the hybrid powertrain has been cleverly integrated in the X5 with the only change to the interior compared to the petrol and diesel X5 models being a slight decrease in the rear luggage capacity due to the location of the battery pack. This positioning ensures the battery pack is properly protected in the event of a crash and also makes the optional third row seating unavailable in the X5 xDrive40e.

However, with its 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, the X5 xDrive40e maintains the practical versatility of its siblings with a luggage capacity of between 500 and 1720 litres. The cabin of the X5 xDrive40e provides typical BMW luxurious ambience, convenience features and high quality fit and finish with standard Dakota leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, electric sport front seats, keyless Comfort Access, electric automatic tailgate, sports leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, and Rain Sensor automatic windscreen wipers and lights.

Superb entertainment and smartphone connectivity is provided by the 16-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound audio system with DAB+ digital radio tuner, USB and auxiliary inputs, extended Bluetooth functionality for audio streaming and hands-free phone operation, and voice control, with all functions displayed on a large 10.25-inch touchscreen.

The X5 xDrive40e also maintains BMW’s high levels of safety incorporating six airbags, active front headrests, Hill Descent Control and Dynamic Stability Control featuring Anti-lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Traction Control. Like all X5 models, the driver-oriented instrument panel is designed to provide easy access to all controls, iDrive functions and information with the standard “black panel” instrument cluster featuring a number of hybrid-specific functions and displays.

Upon pressing the Start/Stop button, the display in the rev counter switches from Off to Ready while a graphic showing the battery charge appears below the gear display. The eDrive and Driver Experience Control modes are also shown and depending on the mode selected, the instruments can display information such as the electric and total range, fuel or electricity consumption, progress of battery charging and Brake Energy Regeneration levels.

Other menu options enable the display of real-time energy flow between the petrol engine and electric motor while a timer function accessed through the iDrive controller can also be used to set mains power recharging sessions as well as the pre-conditioning of the climate control system to ensure the car is warmed up or cooled down when needed.

In addition to the fuel cost savings offered by the plug-in hybrid drivetrain, BMW also aims to help reduce maintenance costs for the X5 xDrive 40e with all maintenance requirements controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system. With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages:

  • Basic ($1,540 for five years or 80,000 km) or
  • Plus ($4,272 for five years or 80,000 km).

The new BMW X5 xDrive 40e is covered by BMW’s three year/unlimited warranty on the vehicle, and six year/100,000 km warranty on the High Voltage battery.

BMW X5 xDrive40e Australian Pricing*:

BMW X5 xDrive40e: $118,900

*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.

BMW takes to the stand at the 16th Auto Shanghai in China from 22 – 29 April 2015 with one world premiere, four Asian premieres and two Chinese premieres. Held every other year since 1985, Auto Shanghai ranks as one of Asia’s leading motor shows.

Celebrating its world premiere is the BMW X5 xDrive40e Sports Activity Vehicle, the first plug-in hybrid production model from the BMW core brand.The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer marks its Asian premiere as the first premium model in its segment to offer maximum variability and room for up to seven people. The BMW 1 Series makes its first appearance in Asia in a new edition that is even more expressive, sporting and efficiency-minded. The three luxury-class athletes are unveiled in China for the first time: the new BMW 6 Series Convertible, the new BMW 6 Series Coupe, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and their relations, the M6 high-performance models BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Gran Coupe from BMW M GmbH, that unite top-level driving dynamics, efficiency and exclusivity. BMW i presents innovative services under the banner of BMW 360° ELECTRIC, namely ChargeNow and Second Life batteries. New services and apps for the Chinese market come courtesy of BMW ConnectedDrive, which now offers the Concierge Service, the ConnectedDrive Store, the BMW Social App, the Ximalaya audio streaming service and the Xiami music download service. Beyond this there are two innovative motorcycle models marking their Asian premiere: the new BMW R 1200 R and the new BMW S 1000 RR.

The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle, and it is celebrating its world premiere in Shanghai. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. With a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometre (figures according to ECE test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

With the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, BMW has carved out yet another new vehicle segment. This is the world’s first model in the premium compact class that can accommodate up to seven people across three rows of seats – in addition to a generously sized and variable-use luggage compartment. All of which allows the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer to meet the mobility requirements of young families and – thanks to the five newly developed turbocharged engines producing from 85 kW/116 hp to 141 kW/192 hp (fuel consumption combined: 6.4 – 3.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 149 – 104 g/km)* and the BMW EfficientDynamics package – offer sporting dynamics combined with outstanding efficiency and the lowest CO2 emissions in the segment.

The BMW 1 Series – of which almost two million units have been sold worldwide to date – cuts an even more striking, sporty and efficient figure in its latest incarnation, complete with its extensively modified front- and rearend design. The new line-up of latest-generation petrol and diesel engines, boasting additional measures designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions (fuel consumption combined: 8.0 – 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres [35.3 – 83.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 188 – 89 g/km)*, ensure the new BMW 1 Series can offer customers a fresh, efficient source of power. The torquey and high-revving engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology team up with rear-wheel drive – still a unique selling point in the compact segment – to deliver a suitably intense driving experience.

One highlight of the BMW stand at this year’s Auto Shanghai is the Chinese premiere of the new BMW 6 Series model range. The combination of intoxicating sports performance, majestic ride comfort, a luxurious interior ambience and innovative equipment features marks out the members of the BMW 6 Series line-up. The new BMW 6 Series Convertible, the new BMW 6 Series Coupe and the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe meet the highest expectations of a sporting luxury car in terms of driving dynamics, comfort, advanced technology and imposing elegance. Supreme power development, impressive refinement and exemplary efficiency are attributes shared by all of the engines available for the new 6 Series Convertible, new BMW 6 Series Coupe and new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The range consists of a petrol V8 producing 330 kW/450 hp (fuel consumption combined: 9.1 – 8.6 l/100 km / 31.0 – 32.9 mpg imp [with xDrive 9.5 – 9.1 l/100 km / 29.7 – 31.0 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined*: 213 – 199 g/km [with xDrive 221 – 213 g/km])*, a 235 kW/320 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine (fuel consumption combined: 7.9 – 7.4 l/100 km / 35.8 – 38.2 mpg imp [with xDrive 8.4 – 7.9 l/100 km / 33.6 – 35.8 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined*: 184 – 172 g/km [with xDrive 195 – 183 g/km])* and a straight-six diesel with 230 kW/313 hp (fuel consumption combined: 5.8 – 5.2 l/100 km / 48.7 – 54.3 mpg imp [with xDrive 6.0 – 5.5 l/100 km / 47.1 – 51.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 153 – 139 g/km [with xDrive 158 – 146 g/km])*.

All enjoy the benefits of the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology developed under the banner of BMW EfficientDynamics, all meet the EU6 exhaust emissions standard and all link up as standard with an eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission. As an alternative to sending their engine power to the rear wheels, all new BMW 6 Series model variants can also be specified with the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

*Fuel consumption figures according to ECE test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified.

Another Shanghai highlight is the Chinese premiere of the new BMW M6 models. The BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Gran Coupe allow BMW M GmbH to restate its leadership in the high-performance luxury segment. The outgoing models had already set new benchmarks with the flawless balance of power, efficiency, agility, comfort and luxury that is typical of M models. And now the new BMW M6 line-up is poised to write a fresh chapter in this success story, fuelled by an even more finely honed, well-resolved overall concept. Part of the credit here goes to an extended range of standard equipment (including LED headlights and Park Distance Control), the cuttingedge tech-style interior with iPhone-look Central Information Display and centre console in black panel design, and the even greater scope for individualisation brought about by new exterior colours, new leather shades, a full-leather trim variant with contrast stitching and attractive accents in black chrome.

The unparalleled 4.4-litre V8 turbocharged engine, meanwhile, delivers a two-pronged promise of extraordinary performance and outstanding efficiency. This high-tech unit boasts impressive, innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology and develops 412 kW/560 hp. At the same time, however, the new BMW M6 Coupe and the new BMW M6 Gran Coupe require a combined fuel consumption of just 9.9 litres/100 km (28.5 mpg imp)* in the ECE test cycle, which equates to combined CO2 emissions of 231 g/km*. The BMW M6 Convertible is not available in China.

Within a short space of time, the BMW i models were successfully launched in more than 30 countries and swiftly joined the ranks of the top award-winning vehicles in the world. Following the introduction of the pioneering BMW i3 and BMW i8 models in China in September 2014, BMW is now using Auto Shanghai in April 2015 to introduce a range of innovative services for every aspect of electric mobility to the Chinese market as well. Under the umbrella of BMW 360° ELECTRIC, not only is the ChargeNow charging network being extended through the addition of fast charging stations, but pilot projects in Germany, the USA and China are also driving forward the reuse and recycling of the lithium-ion batteries from BMW i cars.

BMW ConnectedDrive is using Auto Shanghai to present a wide array of new features for the Chinese market. Following the successful introduction of the Concierge Service and launch of the BMW ConnectedDrive Store, BMW is now integrating three further apps into its cars for China: the BMW Social Connected app with text and voice messaging and information on POIs, the audio streaming service Ximalaya with more than seven million music tracks and audio clips, and the music download service Xiami Music offering more than four million music tracks.

 BMW Motorrad adds two innovative new models to the BMW Group stand at Auto Shanghai 2015. On show will be the new BMW R 1200 R boxer roadster and the latest-generation BMW S 1000 RR sports bike, both models marking their debut in China. The BMW R 1200 R boasts greater comfort, dynamism and touring capability than ever before. Its flat-twin boxer engine produces 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and develops its peak torque of 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm. Besides ABS and Automatic Stability Control (ASC), the new BMW R 1200 R comes equipped as standard with the two riding modes “Rain” and “Road”, making it suitable not just for laidback cruising but also for dynamic rides along country roads.

Setting new standards in the super sports bike segment is the latest generation of the BMW S 1000 RR. With a weight reduction of 4 kg, a new frame structure and optimised chassis geometry, the new model lays on even further enhanced performance characteristics. The water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine, together with its intake and exhaust system, underwent extensive modification and redesign work to prepare them for use on the new RR. Output now peaks at 146 kW (199 hp) at 13,500 rpm, an increase of 4 kW (6 hp) on its predecessor. The maximum torque of 113 Nm (83 lb-ft) comes on line at 10,500 rpm. The further developed electronically adjustable Dynamic Damping Control system (DDC) is available as an option on the new BMW S 1000 RR. Moreover, this is the first super sports bike that can be ordered with electronic cruise control.

The first plug-in hybrid production car from the BMW core brand is a Sports Activity Vehicle. Permanent all-wheel drive and the BMW EfficientDynamics eDrive technology endow the BMW X5 xDrive40e with sensational sportiness and supreme poise on the one hand and outstanding efficiency on the other. With a total system output of 230 kW/313 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres (83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance. CO2 emissions come in at 78 – 77 grams per kilometre (figures according to EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tyre format specified). The use of BMW eDrive technology for exceptionally efficient performance as well as all-electric mobility with zero tailpipe emissions as and when required ushers in a whole new form of commanding driving experience in a sports activity vehicle. At the same time, the BMW X5 xDrive40e reaps the benefits of the technology and know-how transferred from the debut of the BMW i cars. The BMW i8 blazes a trail for sustainable driving pleasure with plug-in hybrid drive power, which can now also be enjoyed for the first time in a model from the BMW core brand.

The energy for the electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission is drawn from a lithium-ion battery, which also supplies power to the low-voltage battery for the 12V electrical system aboard the BMW X5 xDrive40e via a voltage transformer. It can be recharged by connecting to any standard domestic power socket or a BMW i Wallbox, as well as at public charging stations. To save space the high-voltage battery is housed underneath the luggage compartment floor, where it is also particularly well protected in the event of a crash. With 500 – 1,720 litres of luggage space, a three-part folding rear backrest and a luxuriously designed interior, the BMW X5 xDrive40e also boasts the high versatility associated with a large sports activity vehicle but blended with an exclusive ambience. The actual driving experience is likewise characterised by versatile and effortless performance. The intelligent hybrid powertrain control ensures that the engine and the electric motor act in unison in a way that optimises efficiency while also catering perfectly to the driver’s wishes. The eDrive button on the centre console allows the driver to adjust the hybrid drive’s operating mode. In the AUTO eDrive basic setting, the engine’s power is boosted to noticeable effect when accelerating or during quick bursts of speed by the electric drive, whose full torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft) is on tap from standstill for instantaneous power delivery. The BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds.

Alternatively, the MAX eDrive mode can be engaged, enabling the BMW X5 xDrive40e to run purely on electric power – when driving in urban traffic for instance – resulting in zero local emissions. When the high-voltage battery is fully charged, the vehicle has a range of up to 31 kilometres (approx. 19 miles) in the all-electric drive mode with a limited maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The SAVE Battery mode can also be activated at the touch of a button, causing the high-voltage battery’s state of charge to be maintained or allowing energy to be accumulated again, e.g. by means of recuperation, if capacity is low. In this way, electrical energy can be deliberately conserved for all-electric driving later in the journey. Regardless of the setting chosen with the eDrive button, the power stemming from both drive sources is permanently transmitted to the road via the intelligent all-wheel-drive system, BMW xDrive. The various vehicle set-ups that can be selected with the Driving Experience Control switch, COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO, are also available in all drive modes.

All of the driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive offered as standard or as optional extras for the BMW X5 are also available to provide enhanced driving pleasure in the model variant with eDrive technology. An intelligent energy management function is also offered as a special model-specific feature that can be used in conjunction with the Navigation system Professional which is fitted as standard in the BMW X5 xDrive40e. Whenever route guidance is active, data on the route profile is factored into powertrain control along with real-time traffic information. When driving medium to long distances, the system can therefore ensure it is possible to drive purely on electric power on urban sections by using Brake Energy Regeneration and managing the high-voltage battery’s energy reserves in a targeted and efficient manner. The hybrid-specific version of the BMW Remote app makes it possible to check the high-voltage battery’s state of charge, locate public charging stations or call up efficiency evaluations for the BMW X5 xDrive40e on a smartphone. The auxiliary heating and ventilation functions can also be activated remotely. The BMW i Wallbox Pure and BMW i Wallbox Pro, including installation service, are available for home charging as part of the BMW 360° ELECTRIC concept, offering customers a particularly fast and convenient means of recharging the high-voltage battery while parked. Model-specific assistance services are also available. The ChargeNow service provides cash-free access to an extensive partner network of charging stations and billing of the charging costs with the ChargeNow card. The mobility service ParkNow Longterm, meanwhile, makes it easier to find a parking space or locate and book a parking spot with charging facilities.

The comprehensive standard specification of the BMW X5 on the plug-in hybrid model is extended to include the Navigation system Professional as well as an auxiliary heating and ventilation system. This is powered by electricity from the high-voltage battery or from the mains supply while charging. The BMW X5 xDrive40e additionally comes equipped as standard with the Adaptive Suspension Package Comfort including rear air suspension and Dynamic Damper Control. Beyond this, practically all the optional extras offered for the BMW X5 can also be specified for the plug-in hybrid model. The Design Pure Experience and Pure Excellence packages for the exterior and interior are also available for the BMW X5 xDrive40e, as are the M Sport package and the bespoke features from BMW Individual.