Following the market launch of the first BMW X2, a new edition of the original BMW X model is now ready for action. A glass panoramic roof that provides a larger view than before, and new ambient lighting for the cabin. The front is dominated by a large and angular kidney-shaped grille that, in keeping with BMW's more recent models, is joined in the middle to help give it greater prominence and receives active air flaps in a move that helps the new X5 achieve a drag co-efficient of 0.31 in xDrive30d guise.
The wheel base, too, has been extended by 42mm.
Inside, owners will benefit from two 12.3-inch screens, part of BMW's Live Cockpit Professional system, now offered standard.
Recently confirmed for a 2018 debut by BMW head Harald Krüger at the brand's 98th annual general meeting, the 2018 X5 will be the fourth BMW X model to arrive this year, following the X2, new X3 and X4.
The headlamp assemblies are also more angular in appearance and come with the Laser light option that is also available on the 7-series and claimed to increase high beam penetration by over 200 metres compared to the standard LED headlamps.
The precise character line in the X5's flanks, which rises up at the rear door, is key to its freshened look.
The pictures show a grille of this new auto is similar to that of the BMW X7 concept. The side window graphic, meanwhile, continues with the same basic shape as that established by the first-generation X5 launched back in 1999. The 2019 X5 stretches 194.3 inches from bumper-to-bumper, a 1.1-inch increase over a year ago and it's a hefty 78.9 inches wide, a 2.6-inch increase. The X5 rides on 20-inch M alloy wheels as standard, while 21-inch and 22-inch sizes are available as optional.
Powering the new X5 from launch will be three familiar 3-litre six-cylinder engines, one petrol and two diesel. Core to this is BMW's next generation iDrive system sat on a larger 12.3-inch display. The 4.4 liter V8, on the other hand, will offer about 456hp now.
However, despite those increases in its exterior dimensions, the 2019 X5 has the same trunk capacity of 645 liters as the outgoing third-generation X5, which can rise to as much as 1860 liters when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded away.
There's a whole host of engine options including a newly-developed V8 good for 462 horsepower. It uses a quad-turbo 3.0-litre diesel inline six that develops 294kW and a whopping 760Nm. Both will work with a Steptronic 8-speed automatic transmission as well as BMW's all-wheel drive system.
BMW has achieved these numbers by turbocharging the 3-litre diesel six with a total of four turbochargers, making this the only engine now in series production to share its turbo count with a Bugatti Chiron.