• Aug 8th 2006 at 5:44AM
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The folks over at Autoweek have procured the first live shots of BMW's new X5. The update is more of an evolution rather than an outright redesign, but special attention was paid to exterior styling, interior accoutrements and the addition of the much coveted, although rarely accessible, third-row seating.

Motivation will likely come from a 3-liter inline-6 producing 272 bhp, with an optional 4.8-liter V8 bringing 355 bhp to the game.

It seems that the Audi Q7 and Merc M-Class finally have some up-to-date competition to play with.

[Source: Autoweek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I like it. Can't remember the last time I approved of official first pics of a bmw. Certainly not when I saw the new 3 coupes. blech. lardy.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The styling is awesome. I appreciate the X3 styling and see this as the next generation of a beautiful and well exicuted design. BMW has done it once again. Far and beyond those designs of competitors
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Compared to what else is currently on the market in this category, I think BMW has nailed it! They've given it a more muscular look and stance, a greatly improved interior (especially seating for seven) and didn't go off on one of Bangle's styling excesses.

      Compared to the new MB, this looks like a sports car. Compared to the 4 ton Audi Q7, it's lighter and will definitely be more nimble. It'll be interesting to see the first comparisons.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Two corporative mistakes in one week.

      First they drop the must succesful ad campaign ever,
      "The Ultimate Driving Machine".

      Now, they have a chance to redesigned the extremely succesful X5 (Biggest seller Lux SUV 2001-2005)
      and they do "that", the pic you ve just seen, i mean it looks much smaller, like a revamped x3, Audi Q7 really beats it in design.

      Bottom Line > BMW DOESNT LIKE SUCCESS.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm still on the fence with the new X5. BMW has been kicking butt over the past few years. It looks like they're trying to hard to be edgy. The same for Mercedes. I think that there has been something oddly wrong with each of their lastest designs - 3, 5, 6, and X3. Audi just keeps getting better and better with their products.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Er.. guys, did someone leave the plastic mock-up out in the sun? We told you not to do that....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, looks much better. I'm *not* big into the gadget side, but the head-up navigation looks very nice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It looks considerably shorter.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I liked the old X5 better. this one looks soft.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Reid Robbins
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice vehicle! I'd be willing to drive this anytime!

      Reid Bryce Robbins,
      Author: Cab Driving as a Second Career for Fun and Profit
      (Cab driving adventures in the Twin Cities)
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