All-New 2019 BMW X5 Goes on Sale in November

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

BMW has introduced the all-new, fourth-generation 2019 BMW X5.

Set to go on sale in November, the 2019 BMW X5 will be available in two forms at its launch: X5 xDrive40i and the X5 xDrive50i. The former is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, while the latter boasts a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 generating 456 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque. Both gasoline engines are paired to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. Zero-to-60 mph in the xDrive40i is said to be 5.3 seconds, while the more powerful xDrive50i does it in 4.6 seconds. Top speed on both models is set at 130 mph, but can be raised to 150 mph on the xDrive40i and 155 mph on the xDrive50i.

Compared to its predecessor, the new BMW X5’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer, resulting in a 1.1-inch increase in vehicle length, an extra 2.6 inches of width, and an inch increase in height. The result is a more muscular appearance for the SUV, along with generous space for passengers and cargo. Up front, the large iconic BMW kidney grille features single-piece surrounds, with the SUV coming standard with adaptive LED headlights. Overall, the 2019 BMW X5 measures 194.3-inches long, 78.9-inches wide, and 69-inches tall.

Not surprisingly, the new X5 will be offered in xLine and M Sport variants. The xLine trim features matte aluminum kidney grille bars, satin aluminum underbody protection, roof rails, and side windows, as well as other accents in Pearl-effect Chrome. Meanwhile, the M Sport model has the wheel arch trim, bumper trim, rear underbody protection, and side skirts painted in matching body color and complimented by matte aluminum kidney grille bars. The roof rails and side window surrounds are done in high-gloss black.

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Inside the cabin, the center console houses the iDrive Controller, a newly-designed transmission selector lever, and all other driving-related controls including the Driving Experience Control switch, the start/stop button, and the buttons to activate the air suspension settings and off-road modes, if equipped. The latest-generation iDrive system features a high-resolution digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster display, found behind the steering wheel. There is also a 12.3-inch center display diagonally across, with the system offering many hardware upgrades including new haptic controls on the iDrive controller, an advanced tablet-like touch interface, and the largest displays in a BMW yet.

Buyers can choose from a new Vernasca variant for the leather upholstery, which is available in five colors like the optional BMW Individual extended Merino leather trim. The SUV comes fitted standard with electrically adjustable and heated sports seats, while customers can opt for multifunction seats with massage function and seat ventilation for the driver and front passenger.

Since its introduction nearly 20 years ago, the BMW X5 has been built exclusively in Spartanburg, South Carolina and that will continue with the fourth-generation model. To date, over 2.2-million X5 SUVs have been sold worldwide, with one-third of those sales in the U.S. Look for pricing information to be announced closer to the 2019 BMW X5’s on-sale date this November.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jack Woodburn Jack Woodburn on Jun 06, 2018

    Hummm....the Q8 is a far better looking and distinctive vehicle. So there's no rain on Audi's parade IMHO.

  • Right of right Right of right on Jun 08, 2018

    I have a 2014 X5 and it is horrible. I can't even plug in my radar detector with out the sleeve of my coat hitting the gear shift and knocking it into nuteral.