- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2006

THE HAGUE — BMW has released the first pictures and details of the new X5. The second generation will again be built in South Carolina.

It will be available with two engines, a 3.0-liter six-cylinder producing 260 horsepower and 232 foot-pounds of torque and a 4.8-liter V-8 with 350 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque.

They will be teamed with an all-new six-speed standard automatic transmission. In Europe the 2007 BMW X5 will also be offered with a 3.0-liter diesel engine developing 231 horsepower and 384 foot-pounds of torque.

In addition to more power, the engines have lower emissions and better fuel consumption: the in-line six has an average of 25.9 miles per gallon and the V-8 averages 22.6 mpg

The new X5 will be 7.5 inches longer than the outgoing model and is BMW’s first model with available three-row seating. It will also be offered with head-up display, run-flat tires, an active steering system and adaptive suspension with electronic damper control.

The all-wheel-drive system will be upgraded to BMW’s intelligent XDrive that transfers power between front and rear wheels depending on their grip.

Also the Dynamic Stability Control+ will be standard on the new X5.

It comes with brake pre-tensioning that shortens the stopping distances during an emergency, brake drying that improves braking in wet circumstances, hill start assist that allows easy pull away on steep hills and brake-fade compensation that applies additional braking without extra effort in case sensors detect that the brake pads start to lose their “bite” from heat buildup.

Prices and more details will be available closer to the market launch date early next year.

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