10 Things You Should Know About the 2011 BMW X5
BMW's diverse people mover adds turbo power.
BMW released the X5 in 1999, during the heart of the SUV movement. Even then the company recognized that it didn’t want to build just another bulky, truck-based utility vehicle. Instead BMW called the X5 the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle, a fancy name for what is now known as the crossover. The difference then and now is that a BMW utility vehicle needs to ride and handle like raised versions of the company’s sport sedans. After a 2007 redesign that saw the X5 get bigger, BMW is refining the X5 for 2011, adding two turbocharged engines, revising the front suspension for better handling and adding an eight-speed automatic transmission and a spate of new features. The result is a sporty family hauler that performs better than ever.
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