2018 BMW X5 Exterior

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The 2018 BMW X5 is a popular luxury crossover SUV available with seating for up to seven.

It’s a strong overall package, albeit one that lacks some of the BMW verve of yore. We’ve rated it a 7.2 out of 10 based on its excellent real-world usability, strong engines, and varied lineup. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

2018 bmw x5 release date, price, design changes, specs

The X5 changes little for 2018, other than a sport-tuned version of its automatic transmission is now standard on almost all versions, and the German automaker has shuffled option packages to act more like trim levels. That means that the popular Premium package—which you’re likely to find on just about every X5 stocked on a dealer lot—now acts as a gateway to most individual options. There’s less configurability, but little lacking in this lineup.

The X5 remains available with 3.0-liter turbo-6 or 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 gas engines, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel, and a plug-in hybrid variant that costs a lot for its limited 14-mile electric-only range. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the base gas engine. All-wheel drive is optional on the base X5 and standard elsewhere. All models use 8-speed automatic transmissions. Despite its chunky looks, there’s not a lot of off-road ability here—not that most buyers are likely to go mud-plugging.

An X5 M model tops the lineup with a 567-horsepower version of the X5’s available V-8. With its track-tuned suspension, sports seats, and beefed up steering, it’s a reasonable facsimile of a high-riding sports wagon. It’s as absurd as its six-figure price tag suggests, but it is a lot cheaper than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

2018 bmw x5 spotted wearing its final production body

Even though Spring is upon us, BMW continues its winter testing in Sweden, this time around with the next generation 2018 BMW X5.

The BMW G05 X5, as is known internally, hides under its camouflage a new, more dynamic look dominated by the pronounced nose and massive kidney grille. The rear-end stays closer to the design of the current model, but looks more refined, softer and more premium. The roof’s subtle spoiler gives the X5 a more slopping roofline for a sportier look.

Under the sheet metal of the G05 2018 BMW X5 you’ll find a new chassis that was developed on top of the Cluster Architecture platform. The new 2018 BMW X5 will be using aluminum and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) extensively, and it will shed some considerable weight from the car’s hips, enhancing its driving dynamics.

In terms of powerplants, the new generation B-family of mills will be used, from 2-liter diesel engines with two turbochargers on the EU-only sDrive25d and xDrive25d to the new B57 units for 30d and 40d models. The N63 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo petrol mill will be kept along for the xDrive50i model while the xDrive35i will transform into xDrive40i once the N55 3-liter straight six engine is replaced by the new B58 engine.
A new 2018 BMW X5 M is also planned, along with a plug-in hybrid.

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