About BMW X5
Launched in 1999 as the E53, the BMW X5 was BMW's first SUV. It had AWD and was available with a manual or automatic transmission when it was launched. The second generation was launched in 2006. It had xDrive all-wheel drive with torque vectoring combined with an automatic transmission. In 2009, the BMW X5 M Performance was introduced as a 2010 model. The X5 is primarily manufactured in North America at the BMW Group's plant in Spartanburg. Avtotor also assembles its cars in Russia, as well as India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. BMW de Mexico's Toluca plant also produces armored versions of the X5 for security services. The story of the X5 began in 1994. Edward Valek was appointed project director and chief engineer. In 1996, the project was approved. And the structural foundations of the X5 were laid. Application models were submitted on June 10, 1998, and December 9, 1998. The car was registered in the United States on January 18, 2000.
The X5 E70 is the second generation of the BMW X5. The car was introduced in July 2006 for the 2007 model year. The second generation includes significant improvements, including BMW's iDrive system. It is standard on all models. An optional third row of seats increases the number of seats to seven. The xDrive all-wheel-drive system offered in the facelifted BMW X5 continues in the E70 with additional detail enhancements. A dual front suspension is used. The manual transmission disappears altogether, and only the automatic transmission remains. The BMW X5 M is a performance version of the X5. It was introduced to the press at the New York Motor Show in April 2009 and arrived in BMW stores in September 2009. It was the most powerful car in its class at the time of its launch. It had the same specifications as the standard BMW X5 but with a V8 M TwinPower Turbo engine. For the 2013 model year, BMW introduced the M Performance Package, available on the xDrive35i and xDrive50i models. Models with the M Performance package have nearly identical features to the X5 M.
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The fourth-generation BMW X5 was unveiled to the public online on June 6, 2018. The official premiere took place in November 2018. It is based on the BMW Group's new cluster architecture platform. In most regions, xDrive all-wheel drive is available. An AWD model is also available in the U.S. xDrive50i is available outside the European market. The M50i is available in the European market. The M50i will be available in the North American market starting with the 2020 model year as the successor to the xDrive50i. In August 2019, BMW unveiled an armored variant of the X5 Protection VR6 that can withstand AK-47 rocket fire. In addition to the standard gasoline options, BMW introduced the xDrive45e hybrid variant for the BMW X5 in 2019. The xDrive45e, which goes on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2020, features a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery along with a turbocharged I6 B58 engine. A 21.6 kWh battery is available for European models.