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      08-01-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Production of the Third-Generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle Begins at BMW Manufacturing Co.

More than 1.3 million X5’s made exclusively at South Carolina plant.

Spartanburg, S.C. – August 1, 2013…
Production of the third-generation BMW X5 officially began today with the manufacture of dealer vehicles designed to generate excitement and sales in their region. The first, new BMW X5 is a Mineral White M50d (six-cylinder inline diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology). It features Exclusive Nappa Mocha leather interior and will be exported to a dealer in Eastern Europe.

“Since 1999, the X5 has been a significant contributor to the Spartanburg plant’s global success,” said BMW Manufacturing President, Josef Kerscher. “Our team will continue to build the next-generation X5 with the superior quality that our customers around the world have come to expect from South Carolina.”

The third-generation BMW X5, creator of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment and global market leader in its class, sets new standards in powerful design, luxurious spaciousness, cutting-edge versatility and efficient driving pleasure.

The new BMW X5 offers noticeable advances over its predecessor:
  • Three engine variants at launch: BMW X5 xDrive50i with a new generation of the V8 petrol engine (330 kW/450 hp), BMW X5 xDrive30d with revised six-cylinder in-line diesel unit (190 kW/258 hp) and the BMW X5 M50d M Performance Automobile with tri-turbo six-cylinder in-line diesel (280 kW/381 hp). In December 2013, the BMW X5 xDrive40d, BMW X5 xDrive35i, BMW X5 xDrive25d and BMW X5 sDrive25d (with CO2 emissions of just 149 g/km) will be added to the range.
  • The design proportions of the third-generation Sports Activity Vehicle are defined by a characteristic, evolutionary development of body design from the predecessor model. The front-end features a powerful, alert look, with twin circular headlight units extending into the BMW kidney grill. The new X5 reveals an elegantly stretched silhouette, eye-catching swag line over the athletically molded wheel arches, horizontal lines and taut surfaces at the rear. The vehicle’s aerodynamic properties integrate harmoniously into its overall design language, including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and Aero Blades for the rear window. Finally, the bumper’s X-shaped contour lines clearly designate it as a member of the BMW X model family.
  • The new vehicle is engineered with a commitment to reducing fuel consumption and emissions through weight minimization, optimized air guidance, engine technology and the standard-fitted – and extremely efficient – eight-speed automatic gearbox with additional BMW EfficientDynamics technology. It features Auto Start Stop function, ECO PRO mode including coasting function and Proactive Driving Assistant. All models have the EU6 rating.
  • The new X5 is the only vehicle in its segment available with Active Steering, a technology developed by BMW, and AdaptiveDrive, a combination of Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control, which offers greater handling capability and ride quality. It is also the first SAV fitted with run-flat tires as standard equipment.
The final second-generation X5 Sports Activity Vehicle was produced at BMW’s South Carolina plant on Friday, June 28. The Titanium Silver Metallic 4.4-liter, 400-hp V8 engine BMW X5 xDrive50i with Sand Beige Perforated Nevada Leather and M Sport Package will become part of the permanent BMW historic car collection. Between September 2006 and June 2013, the plant in Spartanburg produced 728,107 second-generation X5 models, making this model series the best-selling in the history of the plant.

Since 1999, more than 1.3 million X5’s have been produced for global customers. The X5 Sports Activity Vehicle is produced exclusively at BMW Manufacturing Co. for distribution to more than 140 worldwide markets.


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Looks great, love the blue hue the headlights have.
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Is that Space Grey ? Look awesome with M pack as always.
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Is there a functional reason for the fake air intakes on the M Sport package - i.e., to protect the car from the elements? Or is BMW just trying to ruin the look of the M Sport package?
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Looks great
Saw this thing yesterday on Garden State Pkw in Paramus NJ
It was brown with covered BMW emblems
Looked amaizing in person
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Looks great, love the blue hue the headlights have.
Pretty sure that's just lighting and reflections in the manufacturing facility.
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Is there a functional reason for the fake air intakes on the M Sport package - i.e., to protect the car from the elements? Or is BMW just trying to ruin the look of the M Sport package?
No, just to ruin it.
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X5 M50d? yes please!
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Looks insane in that pic... It's been growing on me since the day they revealed the new pictures!
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X5 M50d? yes please!
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Looks great!

Real life photos are way better than the official by Bmw.
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Nice, Space Grey MSport then white and Vermillion Red X Line maybe.

Looks great in MSport.
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why can't we get the x5 M50d?!!!!!!!
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Looks great
Saw this thing yesterday on Garden State Pkw in Paramus NJ
It was brown with covered BMW emblems
Looked amaizing in person
Got a mailer to attend Classic BMW in Plano, TX.

I wonder if they will have the new model on display.
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Sucks that my 2 and a half year old X5 is now dated

2 more years and hopefully it can be updated. Then the cycles begins again
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So which diesel are we getting in the US? Any guess as to the mpg compared to the current? My X5d will be 4 years old in Nov and I'm probably going to trade for the new one.
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Is there a functional reason for the fake air intakes on the M Sport package - i.e., to protect the car from the elements? Or is BMW just trying to ruin the look of the M Sport package?

I cannot, for the life of me, comprehend how people look at that and say, "yeah, that looks good". It's THE largest styling element. The largest styling element on the face of the vehicle is big ugly fake plastic panels. How do people not see that?
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Does anyone remember this pic. This pic is the main reason why I bought one of the last E70s. This is what this car really is. Clever angles though and small person beside it does help give appreciation of its size. Those lights do look good.
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And for good measure - this one as well
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