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10/02/2013    12:00 PM

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 visors, HVAC buttons and more.

10/02/2013    10:50 AM

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
Infiniti Q50
Jaguar F-Type
Kia Cadenza
Lexus IS
Mercedes-Benz CLA… CONTINUED

10/01/2013    7:00 PM

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, unlike the current X5 M, feature a new angled design (like we’ve seen on the F82 M4).

Like the standard F15 X5, next X5 M should also weigh less than the current X5 M. As for the next X5 M’s … CONTINUED

09/21/2013    5:00 PM

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.

09/19/2013    3:15 PM

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:

Are there plans to add paddle shifters to xLine?
Currently, we’re only planning to use the Sport Auto Transmission (with paddle shifters) specifically for the M Sport package.

Will the M Sport steering wheel be available as an option without the M Sport package?… CONTINUED

09/18/2013    8:15 PM

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 debut – likewise on the options list.

Traffic Jam Assistant increases comfort in stop-start situations on motorways. This system maintains a pre-set distance to the vehicle in front and slows the car to a standstill. It also actively takes over the … CONTINUED

09/18/2013    6:35 PM

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 four-cylinder diesel engine and rear-wheel drive. The engine powering the new BMW X5 xDrive25d and BMW X5 sDrive25d uses two turbochargers and common rail direct injection to produce maximum output of 160 kW/218 hp and links up as standard with … CONTINUED

09/16/2013    2:20 PM

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:

4.4L V8 (N63Tu)
445 hp between 5500-6000 RPM / 480 lb-ft torque @ 2000-4500 RPM
0-60 mph: 4.9 sec (0.4 sec faster than … CONTINUED

09/14/2013    3:00 PM

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 seconds
• Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (74.3 mpg imp).
• Can be charged from any domestic power socket
• High-voltage battery is mounted in crash-safe position underneath the load area, whose capacity remains … CONTINUED