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The BMW Concept X5 Security Plus is the only vehicle in this class which fulfills the requirements of protection level VR6. Offering all-round protection against violent assault, kidnapping and organised crime, this model therefore meets the needs of risk-exposed private individuals and prominent public figures with enhanced security needs. Particularly in regions like South America, Africa or Russia, these are often important customer considerations. BMW has also developed a further version, the BMW X5 Security, which meets the requirements of protection level VR4 and … CONTINUED

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Congrats to site member rmastale for being our first U.S. owner of the all new 2014 X5 (F15). He picked up his xDrive 35i M Sport over the weekend and shares these photos with us.

Our First 2014 X5 F15 Delivery

10/12/2013 at 1:30 PM
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Congrats to HHSAM for being our first 2014 X5 owner! His X5 xDrive50i M Sport was delivered on September 30 in the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. deliveries of the X5 will begin this weekend as they have now hit dealerships for deliveries and test drives.

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The first of our members’ 2014 X5 deliveries will take place imminently, with some vehicles already waiting at the BMW VPC (vehicle preparation center). For those anxious owners-to-be or just those interested in the new X5, you can learn more about some of the car’s features in these instructional videos.

They includes features on the intelligent safety button, third row seating, new key fob, child safety latch, heated steering wheel, object recognition detection, park distance control, keyhold removal cap, panoramic moonroof, rear comfort seats, updated sun … CONTINUED

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The list of cars and trucks up for the 2014 Car of the Year Award has been parsed down to a short list of 12 cars and 12 trucks. The initial candidates list contained 30 cars overall, of which the BMW i3 was also nominated. It did not make this short list.

2014 North American Car of the Year short list:

BMW 4 Series
Cadillac CTS
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Chevrolet Impala… CONTINUED

BMW X5 M (F15) on the Nurburgring

10/01/2013 at 7:00 PM
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With the F15 X5 ready to make their debuts at dealerships across the globe, the M version resumes testing at the Nurburgring.

Testing on the F15 X5 M began last year [first sighting], but current mules have now dropped much camouflage. What’s revealed are the expected signature M components – huge front air intakes, aggressive sideskirts and rear diffuser, blue M brakes, and cross drilled rotors (the first for any X5 model). We also get a better look at the quad exhaust pipes which, … CONTINUED

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The BMW M Performance Parts catalog for the all new 2014 F15 X5 has not yet been released, but here’s a first look at some M Performance wheel designs.

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We have preliminary MPG figures for the 2014 X5 sDrive35i, xDrive35i and xDrive50i. They are as follows:

sDrive35i: 19 / 27 / 22 (city/highway/combined)
xDrive35i: 18 / 27 / 21
xDrive50i: 14 / 22 / 17
xDrive35d figures are not yet released

*figures are preliminary by BMW, subject to EPA final testing

While attending the BMW X5 (F15) launch drive, we had a chance to sit down with BMW NA’s X5 Product Advocate, Jason Chan, who helped answer some of the questions our X5 owners-to-be have:

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More safety, comfort and driving pleasure thanks to BMW ConnectedDrive: fully automatic Parking Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus including Traffic Jam Assistant.

The BMW ConnectedDrive range of features is set to gain even further in appeal and variety in autumn 2013 with the introduction of a fresh round of innovations which further enhance comfort, safety and therefore also driving pleasure. The optional Driving Assistant Plus system now also includes the Traffic Jam Assistant function, and the new generation of the BMW Parking Assistant also makes its … CONTINUED

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Note: this is a global press release, so these models may not apply to your particular market.

September 19, 2013

The new BMW X5: a fresh dimension in driving pleasure and efficiency.

Hot on the heels of its market launch, the addition of another three engines and four new model variants to the new BMW X5 line-up is set to extend the Sports Activity Vehicle’s efficiency lead over its rivals. The third-generation X5 will be available for the first time from December 2013 with a BMW TwinPower Turbo … CONTINUED

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We recently posted the official launch drive event pics of the BMW X5 from on-location in Vancouver, now have a look at our photos. Our X5 review is in the works.

These are the xDrive50i and xDrive35d models. The xDrive50i is seen in Black Sapphire Metallic and Mineral White, while the xDrie35d wears Space Gray paint. The Black Sapphire X5 is outfitted with the xLine package (more details on package).

Specs for each are as follows:

xDrive50i
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BMW has debuted the BMW X5 eDrive Plug-in Hybrid Concept at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA show.

Although the X5 hybrid is being presented in concept form, prototypes have already been spied in testing, so expect a production model to be made.

Here’s the skinny on the X5 eDrive Concept:

• Four cylinder turbocharged engine (no horsepower figure provided)
• Paired with electric motor (provides 95 horsepowers)
• Up to 70 MPH (120km/h) on electric power alone
• Maximum range of 19 miles (30km) on electric power alone
• 0-60 MPH in 7.0 … CONTINUED

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While on the X5 press launch drive, we had an opportunity to see the F15 X5 next to its predecessor – the E70 X5. Pictured here is an xLine X5 sDrive35i in Sparkling Brown, a M50d and a E70 X5 M Sport.

The X5 sDrive35i will be the first RWD X5. It features the 3.0L 6 cylinder turbo inline N55 engine, rated at 300hp / 300 lb-ft, 0-62 MPH in 6.2 sec. See full specs in the X5 Official Thread. This one wears the xLine trim, … CONTINUED

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We have just been through the international media launch event for the 2014 BMW X5 in beautiful Vancouver.

We’ll have plenty more photos and videos to share with you soon, but for now, we bring you to the event with us, with a viewing of the X5 product orientation presented by BMW, as well as the press photos from on-location in Vancouver.

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This week kicks off the U.S. media launch for the all new 2014 BMW X5 (F15) [Official Thread] and we’re on hand in Vancouver for the event.

We’ll bring you our coverage soon, but for now, have a look at the video BMW put together to kick off the press launch week.

F15 X5 Closed Room Viewing Pics

09/04/2013 at 1:10 PM
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A BIMMERPOST member shares with us his photos and impressions from a closed room viewing event of the 2015 X5 (F15).

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The initial list for the 2014 Car of the Year Award has been announced, and making vying for the award this year for BMW is the BMW 4 Series, i3 and the new X5.

The full list of candidates includes:

1. BMW 4 Series
2. BMW i3
3. BMW X5
4. Citroën C4 Picasso
5. Ford EcoSport
6. Ford Kuga
7. Hyundai i10
8. Jaguar F-Type
9. Kia Carens
10. Range Rover Sport
11. Lexus IS
12. Maserati Ghibli
13. Mazda3
14. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
15. Mitsubishi Space Star
16. Nissan Note
17. Opel Cascada
18. Peugeot 2008
19. Peugeot 308
20. Porsche Cayman
21. Renault Captur
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Video set of the newly launched 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i (in Mineral White) and xDrive30d (in Space Gray), with looks at driving scenes, exterior design and the interiors/functionality.

The 2014 xDrive50i is powered by a 4.4L V8 outputting 445hp / 480 lb-ft and covers 0-60mph in 4.9 sec. It starts at $68,200 in the U.S. The xDrive30d is not available in the U.S., but the xDrive35d comes in early 2014 [more details].