What it is
Due to hit the lots in November, the 2007 BMW X5 will be offered in two variants: the 3.0si, priced at $46,595, and the 4.8i, which starts at $55,195 (prices include destination charges). The 315-horsepower 4.4-liter V8 has not been carried over from 2006.
Why it matters
For 2007, BMW aims to reestablish the X5 as a stand-out player in its class with a freshened appearance, tweaked hardware and additional features.
What’s under the hood
Buyers of this updated example of BMW’s largest SUV will also enjoy and benefits from the brand’s xDrive full-time all-wheel-drive system, one that operates with a 40-percent front/60-percent rear power distribution until slippage occurs, at which point power is immediately reassigned to bias the wheels with the best grip. This technology also allows engine power to be doled out to appropriately counteract over or understeer during those lively runs through the canyon. Helping to limit such occasions is a double-wishbone front suspension coupled with a rear independent setup consisting, in part, of four control arms and soft front swing mounts.
Variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering is designed to deliver the 2007 BMW X5 driver plenty of response, with even more dialed in during aggressive driving, such as when slicing through corners at a good clip. New for 2007 are standard 255/55 run-flat tires wrapped around 18-inch alloy wheels. Larger 19s and 20s can be ordered, though the 19s are paired with all-season rubber, whereas the 20s carry on with the run-flat theme. Regardless of what tire and wheel setup is chosen, a standard tire pressure monitor promises to raise the alert if air pressure falls out of spec.
Throughout its cabin, the X5 offers the understated and precise design that buyers expect from BMW, not to mention the use of premium materials. Models wearing the 3.0si badge may be fitted with standard leatherette upholstery or optional Nevada or Napa genuine leather; the 4.8i is expected to be decked out in standard leather. A 205-watt sound system, complete with dual front subwoofers, a CD/MP3 player and auxiliary iPod jack, promises to fill the X5 with your favorite music.
Options are plentiful, including the love-it-or-hate-it iDrive system, ventilated seats, the third-row bench, a heads-up driver’s display, a navigation system with Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), a rear parking camera, a rear entertainment system, and a 600-watt sound system with available Sirius satellite radio service. Enhancements tied to the X5’s underpinnings and exterior include the optional wheel packages, a Sport Package with Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control (fun-seeking weekend drivers will want to seriously consider that one), a panoramic sunroof, and BMW’s Active Steering technology.
What BMW says
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