The facelift received by the X5 in 2010 was fully in line with the level of changes brought by the appearance of a new generation, which reads "minimal".
The designers went to get a beer, but before the exited the building they remembered that they had to put some new lines on that sheet of paper, so they called the engineers, who told them that LED technology is needed these days. Thus, the X5 received LED daytime running lights, as well as LED taillights. A few front and rear end fascia changes here and there and the revamp was ready.
Speaking of the second generation's arrival, an event that took place in 2006, we have to tell you that this brought along a weight increase of 15 kg (33 lbs), which is a nice achievement.
No, BMW didn't fail to make the new generation lighter, as the insignificant extra kilos hide a body that's 18.7 cm (4.7 inches ) longer, with a wheelbase that was increased by 1.7 cm (0.4 inches ), as well as 15 percent stiffer. In addition to that, the tracks are now wider. To achieve this ,the engineers used aluminum for the bonnet and suspension arms and thermoplastic for the front wings.
Our test car was also fitted with the M Sport package. For those of you who are not familiar with it, this brings that balance between sportier looks and still keeping an OEM look (read: not displaying the heavily-loaded aftermarket appearance of tuning kits).
This means that our test car prided itself with beefier front and rear fascias, a rather small roof spoiler and more muscular wheelarches. The M pack usually includes 19-inch wheels, but in this case the car was wearing 20-inch M-branded rollers.
All in all, the X5 is a bit confusing in terms of looks. It gives you the impression of a car that's not new anymore, since the design has become so familiar, but the smart LED details at both ends, as well as the extra-muscular lines, come to contradict that and manage to catch the eye.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Last time I checked, BMW with M badges had quite a few punch lines for the person that got behind their wheel, but this vehicle tells me... ahem... nothing at all. Do not get me wrong gentlemen, I appreciate the X5's efficiency, as well as its speedometer's ability to climb the dashboard, but do not expect me to... ahem... lust for this car.
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