Monday, December 15, 2008

2009 BMW X5

The 2009 BMW X5 lineup gains a new diesel model, as well as new trim-level designations. This premium midsize SUV seats up to seven and is offered in three models, each with standard all-wheel drive. The xDrive30i replaces the 3.0si and has a 260-hp 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. The xDrive48i replaces the 4.8i and has a 350-hp 4.8-liter V8. Due in calendar 2009 is the xDrive35d, which has a 265-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel that is emissions legal in all 50 states. All X5s come with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 6000 lb. Standard seating is for five, but an optional 3rd row expands capacity to seven.

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Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. Hill descent control is standard. All X5s have BMW's iDrive that uses a single knob to control entertainment, communication, navigation, and climate functions. An optional Sport Package includes BMW's Active Roll Stabilization, which counters body lean. Active Steering, designed to quicken low-speed steering response is available when the Sport Package is ordered. Also optional are a navigation system, head-up instrument display, DVD entertainment, rearview camera with front/rear obstacle detection, heated front and rear seats, and BMW Assist concierge service with wireless cell phone link.

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