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Fourth Generation BMW X5

The fourth generation BMW X5 is revealed today. It’s been 20 years since the first generation X5 and more than 2,000,000 vehicles were sold during this time. However, this time it’s a bit special.

The fourth generation BMW X5 arrived a couple of years earlier than expected. As the third generation X5 is only four years old, we have been expecting a facelift instead of a brand new vehicle. However, BMW decided to reveal a new model to honour the 20th year and the new modular platform.

This time, the BMW X5 features a proper off-road feature. Until now, BMW has never offered an off-road mode button or a differential lock. Actually, the torque-vectoring system mimicked the differential lock effect until now.

The fourth generation BMW X5 offers a new dimension and sees the rebirth of the X5. It features a rear-differential lock, an off-road driving mode and air suspension. You might be thinking that these are already available with the Range Rover. However, the Range Rover doesn’t offer the level of semi-autonomous driving which is available with the X5.

At the moment, the BMW X5 is capable of Level 2 autonomous driving. It can drive by itself but you still need to be in control.

The exterior looks better than that of the previous generation, and the interior is probably one of the most luxurious yet. The interior resembles the Bentley Bentayga a little, and you won’t believe you are inside an X5!

Overall, the new BMW X5 is a brand-new experience. With its new off road capabilities, BMW is bringing us back to where the SUV story started. If you are planning to have a new SUV, this is the one you should have.

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New BMW X5 eDrive | xDrive 40e

BMW X5 eDrive, xDrive40e. BMW recently revealed their concept plug-in hybrid BMW X5. And soon to be on production, like next year. Personally, I really admire the BMW’s ambition to introduce new electric and hybrid vehicles to their range. Unfortunately, we cannot see this ambition with Mercedes and Audi.

Why I liked the BMW X5 eDrive? Because, it is a new technology, you will consume less fuel, less tax, probably no congestion charge for London and enjoy the same performance of a larger engine. And the experience of electric engine on a full size SUV.

The BMW X5 eDrive is powered by a 2-lt petrol engine with 245 HP and 350 Nm of torque. The electric motor is 95 HP and 250 Nm of torque. In total, the output of BMW X5 eDrive is 340 HP and 600 Nm of torque. And also you can charge at work, at home, at shopping centre, at your annoying neighbour’s house and more. Electric mode drive the X5 up to 32 km and up to 120 km/h of speed.

Basically, BMW X5 eDrive is the coolest SUV or SAV you can have.

 
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Evolution of BMW X5 | From First Generation to Third Generation

Evolution of BMW X5; first generation (E53), second generation (E70) and third generation (F15). Since the first BMW X5 was revealed to market in 1999 and resulted with a success that Land Rover and Porsche introduced vehicles to compete with the X5, Range Rover Sport and Cayenne.
It is quite rare to see all three generation of BMW X5 at the same time but BMW released footage with all X5 generations. 
My personal opinion! I know X5 is not a pure off road vehicle but the level of comfort, technology and sportive driving dynamic compensates the lack of locking differentials and low range gearbox. I still go for a Land Rover Defender for serious off road experience.


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New BMW X5 Photos and Details are Revealed!

New BMW X5 photos and details are revealed, finally. New X5 does not look something different than the preceding model. The main reason is, BMW X5 sales figures are very robust and they don’t want to scare the potential customers with a new radical design. Despite the resemblances to preceding X5, the new X5 offers state-of-art aerodynamic design; Air Curtain, Air Breathers and Aero Blades. These are the part of the exterior design of the new X5 and enable to reduce aerodynamic drag. By this way, new X5 offers better fuel performance and complies with EU6 emission standards.

And for the first time, BMW offers the X5 with rear-wheel drive option by sDrive25d model.

The engine ranges of the new BMW X5 are;
(November, 2013)
xDrive50i V8 4.4-lt // 450 HP // 650 Nm // 0-100 km/h 5 seconds // 250 km/h top speed
xDrive30d 3-lt // 258 HP // 560 Nm // 0-100 km/h 6.9 seconds // 230 km/h top speed
M50d 3-lt // 381 HP // 740 Nm // 0-100 km/h 5.3 seconds // 250 km/h top speed

(December, 2013)
xDrive40d 313 HP | xDrive35i 306 HP | xDrive25d 218 HP | sDrive25d 218 HP

All models are offered with a 8-speed automatic gearbox with launch control function.

xDrive25d model will be based on 2-lt diesel engine and it will boost the sales of X5 in emerging markets where the taxation is biased on larger engine displacements. Thus, BMW will increase its market share very quickly!

Now you can have individual 2 seats at the rear with X5 and you have the all comfort, memory function, heating and cooling. Suspension system is revised as well, Comfort Active offer air suspension at the rear axle for better comfort. Or you can order the Professional Adaptive Suspension and experience the air suspension comfort with agile handling defined by active roll bar stabilisation.

The technological features of the new BMW X5 are; BMW Head-Up Display with full spectrum of colours and new display content; BMW Night Vision with human and animal detection and Dynamic Light Spot, Lane Change Warning, Speed Limit Info, new BMW Parking Assistant with longitudinal and lateral guidance, Surround View with 360-degree display, Driving Assistant including Lane Departure Warning, plus Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with braking function; Driving Assistant Plus additionally with Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function including braking to a standstill, Traffic Jam Assistant with active speed and steering angle control without driver input; extensive range of mobility and internet-based services such as Concierge Services, Remote Services, Intelligent Emergency Call, Real Time Traffic Information, internet access, in-car use of Facebook and Twitter, dictation function with full speech recognition for emails, SMS and memos, online entertainment.

The interesting new feature is the Proactive Drive Assistant, which checks the upcoming road conditions such as hill or cornet and advise driver to break or reduce throttle for better fuel consumption. This feature is also available with Rolls Royce.

Lastly, new BMW X5 is the lightest SUV on the market and 90kg lighter than the preceding X5.

My personal opinion, new X5 offers a very elegant design and looks way better than the new Range Rover. Nothing is exaggerated and very refine. Technological features are head to head with Mercedes M-Class and 10.25-inch screen is larger than M-Class screen! Engine options are hugging new markets and reduce the cost of owning a luxury SUV. Overall, if you are not going for serious off road, new BMW X5 is the best SUV on the market.


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New Range Rover Sport on 26th March, 2013

New Range Rover Sport is very closer than you think. Actually, finally we will see a new Range Rover Sport. The existing model was a bit beyond the industry’s product life cycle for SUVs. BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne product life cycles are only seven years. Every seven-year, we see new model. However, Land Rover has a different strategy; their product life cycle is definitely longer than seven years and this leads to lose momentum against the competitors. Therefore, we tend to see less Range Rover Sport on the roads.
Hopefully, the new Range Rover Sport will be revealed soon on 26th March and a new face will appear on the roads. I think, new Range Rover Sport will look something between the Evoque and the new Range Rover. Basically, new Range Rover Sport may lose the bold design and may have a department store explorer design. 
The engines will be same with the new Range Rover, and Sport will be ligther as well. According to Land Rover, new Range Rover Sport will be something totally different in terms of driving experience. Land Rover says; faster, most responsive and most agile. These words are really bold statements.
I am more excited to see the new Range Rover Sport!
You can watch the reveal live on internet by registering to from this website (http://www.newrangeroversport.com).
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BMW Police Cars

BMW’s latest police operation range is revealed. The range vehicles available for police operations are BMW 3-Series and 5-Series Estates, BMW X3, bullet proof BMW 7-Series and BMW X5, and BMW i3 electric vehicle! 

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Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged: Last Post

Range Rover Sport Supercharged. I know Range Rover Sport is nearly end of its product cycle and when it is compared with BMW X5 or Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport is not that competitive anymore. However, Range Rover Sport compensates this problem with cheaper price tag! This reduces the exclusivity but increases the sales!
This Range Rover Sport is a V8 Supercharged V8 model with 510 PS and 625Nm of torque. And coupled with 8-speed very responsive automatic transmission. As usual, Range Rover Sport offers two differential locks, low range gearbox for off road experience.
Driving experience of Range Rover Sport is unfortunately below the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. V8 Supercharged has a very high tendency to under steer and is not responsive like the competitors. You may not find the same level of driver engagement in Range Rover Sport as you find with BMW X5. However, Range Rover Sport is designed to be a sporty off road vehicle, so this problem is understandable. BMW X5 is not very capable in off road, so they are even.
Overall, Range Rover Sport is fun to drive, good in off road but old! Consumption? It has a V8 Supercharged engine, so it is not very economic car to drive!
And this is the last Range Rover post until the new Range Rover arrives.

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Frank Stephenson

A few hours ago, I found some interviews with Frank Stephenson on YouTube. If you don’t know Frank, I am sure you know his designs; BMW X5, Mini, Maserati MC12, Maserati Quattroporte, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 612, Fiat 500, McLaren MP4-12C and many other cars. In my opinions, he will be remembered as one of the most influential car designer in his era. Especially his interpretation of the new Mini and new Fiat 500 are the most remarkable cars of this century, and never getting old Quattroporte! 
We will find more about him on these interviews. And additional information to his Wikipedia page, he stayed in Istanbul, Turkey for six years!

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What is this BMW X4?

I don’t want to talk too much about the BMW’s new vehicle X4. A brief description; X4 is the sportive version of X3, and smaller version of X6. BMW X3 is the small version of X5, we all know this; offers five seats, descent boots space.

However, there is a market gap for small version of X6. Because, X6 is too big and too expensive for some people and competitors may introduce an alternative before BMW does. In order to satisfy more customers and to create a new segment, BMW is going to introduce the small version of X6, which is called X4. 
BMW X4 is going to be a small version of X6 with same concept, 2+2 seating and sportive driving dynamics. From my experience from the new X3, the new X4 would definitely a great car and many people is going to be buy it.
From this branding strategy, I can assume that BMW uses even numbers for sportive model.

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