BMW South Africa has just added more diesel power to its X5 line-up with the introduction of a new straight-six diesel engine with Variable Twin Turbo technology, available in South Africa immediately.
The new X5 3,0sd delivers 210 kW and reaches a peak torque of 580 N.m at 1 750 r/min. Fuel consumption is a claimed 8,2-litres/ 100 kilometres.
This model sports all the features of its stable mates, such as the iDrive controller with a row of programmable favourite functions. A high-mounted glovebox, which opens up at the press of a button, has been built into the expansive, minimalist facia that has become ubiquitous to all BMW’s models.
BMW X5 buyers have the option to order a third row of seats equipped with three-point seatbelts and head restraints adjustable for height. To ease access to the third row (reportedly capable of accommodating two people of up to 1,7 metres in height – for short trips), there are grab recesses inside the C-pillars, and the X5’s second row of seats can be tilted completely to the front. Whenever these additional seats are not required, they can be fully folded down (individually or together) into the floor of the X5’s luggage compartment. The X5 has a split tailgate with 620 dm³ luggage capacity in total.
Other features on the new 3,0sd, as well as on other X5 models include tyres with reduced roll resistance, a coolant pump operating according to current requirements, friction-optimised final drive, and the Varioserv steering assistance pump with pressure- and volume flow-controlled adjustment of the cam ring serving to avoid the power losses otherwise encountered at higher engine speeds.
The BMW X5 3,0sd will set you back about R652 500. For those in search of a sportier X5, the M sport package costs an extra R47 000 to R53 000.